We are Your Source for Hunting Turkey in Kentucky!
There’s nothing more exciting than hunting these beautiful,
Eastern Wild Turkeys in the rolling hills of Western
Kentucky. The gobble of a boss tom sounding off
from the rolling hills, ridge tops or river bottoms
Kentucky is hard to escape. Once you've experienced
it you'll have it in your blood from then on out.
Turkey Hunting is an exciting challenge. It
is very rewarding to experience what turkey hunting
has to offer, whether a successful hunt has been had
or not. We will work to accomplish both for you. Kentucky offers some of the highest hunter success rates for turkey hunters across the country. Most seasons we maintain 100% opportunity and nearly 100% success. Unfortunately we see the occassional miss or a client moving at the wrong time, which impacts our overall success.
Season Dates: April 15 - May 7, 2017
Let WKO help you bag your longbeard in 2017!!
2017 is shaping up very nice. After having a great looking hatch in Spring 2016 and the poult to hen ratio staying strong through the fall so far. We've seen flocks of 6 to 17 gobblers this fall on various properties we hunt and as we do every year come late January we'll begin keeping tabs on the winter flocks through break up period and as they get into breeding just before our Spring season opens in April.
Our turkey hunts are great
for those just starting out turkey hunting, someone
who has never hunted them altogether or the experienced
alike. Many of our clients are first time turkey hunters
or hunters who do not have good areas to hunt or have
not yet bagged that first long beard.
WKO staff spends time with hunters helping them understand
the reasons behind what we did on a particular hunt.
We will discuss scouting, setups, turkey sign, the various
calls, turkey sounds and what it really takes to get
a bird within gun range.
Kentucky turkey hunts begin at first light, most often
after a gobbler is roosted the night before. Our setups
at first light most often deal with a roosted gobbler.
If success is not found shortly after fly down, we will
shift gears and move to known areas that the turkey will
use. This may include strut zones, dusting bowls, fields,
ridge tops or bottom areas. As the day progresses our
game plan will change as the gobblers do. Early to mid
afternoon can provide some of the best turkey action there
is to find. And with being able to hunt from sunrise to
sunset, often an old long beard can be fired up late in
the evening on his return to roost and an attempt to assemble
hens for the following days breeding regiment.
style of hunting will depend on what we feel the birds
dictate on any particular day. It may require us to “run
and gun” and cover some ground. We could also find ourselves
set up, blind calling and waiting for a gobbler to slip
in on days where birds are not vocal. If birds are not
responsive we will try glassing fields and setting up
on any spotted birds to allow us the best opportunity
at harvesting. Although challenging,
WE WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO STALK ANY BIRDS for safety
reasons. We hunt hard and will hunt all day if that is
what it takes to be successful.
This Kentucky bird was the result of a successful late
morning hunt. It was a typical henned up hunt where the
gobblers were consumed with hens until late morning. As
the hens left the gobblers for nesting, this bird got
fired up and was called to gun with some excited cutting.
Don't forget Kentucky has a FALL TURKEY season. Archery runs from early September
through mid January. A week shotgun season occurs in
both October and December. Western Kentucky Outdoors
books fall turkey hunts by the day at the rate of $200.
We have high success on our Kentucky fall shotgun hunts
with most years being nearly 100%. Each shotgun segment
runs 7 days. A two-bird limit/4 bird total with no more
than 1 containing a beard greater than 3 inches is allowed.
Two birds are allowed by archery and two with a shotgun.
Winter flocks can have upwards of 100 birds or more
during the fall and winter here in Kentucky. This leads
to experiencing a lot of bird vocalization and supports
learning more about the birds at they communicate with
Enjoy Bowhunting? Let us set you up on a Spring or Fall Kentucky long beard. One of the
hardest things to accomplish with a bow is harvesting
a wild turkey with stick and string.
we stay on top of our wild turkey throughout
the year. This affords us to be able to measure our
spring breeding results as we head into fall. We place
trail cams throughout
the year to keep tabs on the turkey populations we have on each property.
Beginning in January we begin keeping up with fall flocks as they begin to transition from winter into Spring. Birds will begin to break up from winter flocks in late February then move into breeding mode by mid-March and continuing on for several weeks.
have hunted turkey in Kentucky for over 25 years and have turkey hunted in 21 states and Mexico for all for all the
subspecies, taking Slams with Archery, Muzzleloader and Shotgun.
We can help you with a hunt here in Kentucky,
as well as, states such as Alabama, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas,
Nebraska, Indiana, Illiniois, Tennessee, South Carolina, South Dakota
and Old Mexico.
If those states do not provide what you may need we an hook
you up with the best grand slam turkey hunt consultant
we know that can put you in places that the likes of
Knight&Hale, Mossy Oak, Realtree and the Hunter's
Journal have filmed hunts.