Hunting

Mayday! Mayday! Turkey time in the Lake Champlain region

Sure, this is generally a time of year when sportsmen and women are thinking about trout and also readying their boat and fishing gear for their first forays of the season on Lake Champlain, where pre-spawn bass await in both quantity and quality.

But there's a whole other fraternity out there who wouldn't consider looking at a fishing rod during the month of May, and with good reason.

It's time to talk turkey.

Perhaps no other legion of hunters is so passionate about their sport as spring gobbler hunters. It's a pursuit that prompts us to rise well before dawn (even before the hunting season opens; there's scouting to be done), slip into the dark woods, await the morning light and strain every muscle in your ears to listen for the gobble of a tom that's looking for a lovesick hen.

It's time to talk turkey.

While the Lake Champlain region is best known for its world-class fishery and quality deer hunting, spring gobbler hunting is on the rise, with bird numbers exploding in the region and offering exceptional hunting each May – and even in April for hunters ages 12-15, who can participate in the annual youth hunt April 20-21 this year, a weekend offering that has rocketed in popularity in recent years.

Last year's nesting and brood-rearing season was outstanding, and that means plenty of birds on the landscape this year in towns like Chesterfield, Willsboro, Essex, Elizabethtown, Lewis, Moriah, Westport, Crown Point and Ticonderoga. Strutting longbeards can now be found in spots where they've never been seen before as flocks of turkeys expand their range across the region. Fortunately, much of the land on which they're now found is open to hunting – public tracts in the form of state forest preserve and state forest lands. Hear a distant gobble, and chances are you can get to the talkative tom because he's on huntable property.

It's time to talk turkey.

Because turkey hunting has only recently soared in popularity here in the Adirondacks, many areas don't see a lot of hunting pressure. That's good news for the visitor to the Lake Champlain region, who can find very cooperative gobblers and not much competition from other hunters. Whether you're stroking on a box call, working a mouth call or maybe offering some seductive hen yelps on a slate call, our gobblers can be very vocal, which only adds to the excitement.

But this is turkey hunting, and as any serious gobbler pursuer knows it's never a sure thing. A lot more can go wrong than goes right when the bird is approaching and it's almost showtime. But we turkey hunters wouldn't have it any other way; the excitement, the frustration, and the pure joy associated with tagging a beautiful longbeard is something that drags us up in the dark morning after morning.

In the Lake Champlain region, in addition to the thousands of acres of public land and good numbers of birds, there are plenty of lodging and dining options to keep you rested and fueled up for each day's hunt. You'll be surprised at the hunting up here, so much so you won't even think about those Lake Champlain bass until June.

It's time to talk turkey. 

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Eastern View Outfitters

Eastern View Outfitters
We specialize in hunting trips and fishing charters in the scenic Lake Champlain basin region. Whether you are after trophy fish, ...
Location: Port Henry, NY
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Hammond Pond Wild Forest

Hammond Pond Wild Forest
This large, 40,000-acre tract covers portions of five Lake Champlain region towns - Elizabethtown, Westport, Moriah, Crown Point and ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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High Peaks Wilderness Area

High Peaks Wilderness Area
The largest wilderness area in the Adirondacks has it all, from rugged terrain to forest cover to wildlife. At 300 square miles, it ...
Location: Lake Placid, NY
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Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area
A small parcel when compared to forest preserve tracts of the Adirondack Park, Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area covers over 860 ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Split Rock Wild Forest

The largest undeveloped tract of land on the Lake Champlain shoreline, Split Rock Wild Forest covers 3,700 acres in the towns of Essex ...
Location: Essex, NY
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Westport Pheasant Release Site

For pheasant hunters in Essex County, there is only one choice. With virtually no natural reproduction in the North Country, hunters ...
Location: Westport, NY
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