Public Land Turkey Hunting In Vermont
Vermont turkey hunting isn’t going to stack up with traditional powerhouses like Missouri or Wisconsin. However, when it comes to turkey hunting in the Northeast, it doesn’t get much better than Vermont. With nearly 60,000 birds in the state and hundreds of thousands of acres of public land, turkey hunters have it pretty good here. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to chase gobblers in Vermont.
Green Mountain National Forest
With nearly 400,000 acres of public hunting, much of it contiguous, the Green Mountain National Forest is the premiere public land destination for Vermont turkey hunters. The forest covers parts of six counties and contains eight wilderness areas. There is plenty of space for turkey hunters to find a spot of their own. The forest habitat is a good mix of oaks, aspen, birch, and pine. Forest management provides open areas for strutting and nesting. Upland areas give hunters another option.
Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area
This property features nearly 2,300 acres of mixed forest including oak, maple, birch, beech, and ash. The terrain can be steep and varies from 1,500 feet to 720 feet above sea level. Pine Mountain lies in the center of the property and five creeks run through it along with several small ponds and marshes. Although Pine Mountain WMA is 95% wooded, there is a wide mix of habitats to hunt.
White River Wildlife Management Area
At 624 acres, the White River WMA isn’t huge. But the habitat is perfect for turkeys. Set along Vermont’s picturesque White River, the terrain is steep and mountainous, with elevations from 320 to 1150 feet above sea level. The property is mostly forested with a mix of maple, birch, beech, and hemlock. The river bottoms are well known as turkey hotspots. White River WMA is easy to get to. Interstate 89 is just across the river. Keep in mind, that makes it easy to access for you and other hunters.
Huntington Gap Wildlife Management Area
This 1,500+ acre WMA is adjacent to Camel’s Hump State Park. As is the case with many Vermont WMA’s, the scenery is incredible. The property is completely forested with large stands of hardwoods, birch, spruce, maple, and evergreens. Beech trees are also common. Hard mast is easy to come by for turkeys on this property. Two creeks also run through Huntington Gap WMA. The 2,000 acre Lewis Creek WMA is just west of the property and offers more excellent turkey habitat.
Other great public land turkey hunting destinations in Vermont include Bird Mountain WMA, Hawks Mountain WMA, Plymsbury WMA, and Podunk WMA. There are several smaller WMAs that also offer great hunting and smaller crowds.