Turkey in Texas
Spring Season is Here
Wild turkey recruitment was excellent in 2019 and 2020, and spring turkey hunters will see the results in the field this season with an abundance of jakes in the population. This will be a great year to introduce someone new to turkey hunting as jakes are much less wary than their adult counterparts. There are still some old boss toms out there from the 2015 and 2016 hatches. Low harvest rates in Texas assure some long-lived toms will be available year in and year out across the Rio Grande wild turkey range.
Three Fast Turkey Facts
- If Wild Turkeys could smell, they'd be nearly impossible to hunt.
The eyes and ears of a turkey make it one of the toughest of all Texas game animals. Their vision is the keenest among all Texas game animals. They are especially astute at pinpointing movement and can hone in on noises from a mile away.
- Wild Turkey Revival!
A hundred years ago, turkeys almost disappeared from Texas due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat. Now, thanks to hunter and landowner support, bag limits and a restocking program, Texas has some of the highest densities in the country.
- Where the Wild Turkeys are.
Turkeys now inhabit 223 of the 254 counties in Texas. You can see them roam at many Texas State Parks. One of the most substantial and oldest winter turkey roosts is at South Llano River State Park near Junction. Want to bag your own turkey? You can hunt for them on many of our Wildlife Management Areas and other public hunting lands.
Eastern Wild Turkey Management
Watch Jason Hardin cover the history of eastern turkeys in Texas, past restoration efforts, and TPWD's new super stocking approach to restoration.
History of Eastern Wild Turkey Restoration
Learn about the biology, habitat requirements, and habitat management options for Eastern Wild Turkey.
Grassland Restoration for Upland Birds
Watch an overview of the grassland restoration process to benefit those wildlife species that rely upon grassland as food and habitat.