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Arizona Gould's Turkey Hunts
Arizona Gould's Turkey Guides and Outfitters
Hunt Big Gould's Gobblers
About Our Arizona Gould's Turkey Hunts
Besides hunting southern New Mexico and Northern Arizona for Merriam's turkeys, we also hunt in southern Arizona for the rare Gould's turkey. The Gould's turkey is primarily a mountain dwelling bird that inhabits the southeastern portion of Arizona in areas known as "Sky Islands" (forested mountaintops that rise from the vast desert). The sub-species is geographically separated from the Merriam's by about 100 miles of surrounding desert. So, there is practically no chance for hybridization. It is the largest of the turkey subspecies with longer legs, larger feet, and larger tail feathers and wings than the other 4 subspecies. But, the most notable difference from the other turkey subspecies is that the Gould's have pure white tips on the rump and tail feathers (Merriam's have cream-white).
The Gould's turkeys that we hunt live in a natural habitat with no food plots, no farm fields, no feeders or other human influence. Since Gould's are mountain dwelling turkeys, our hunts take place in the Ponderosa Pine forests at elevations of 6500 to 8500 feet. The hunt area has breathtaking scenery and great temperatures of around 75 degrees in the day and 45 degrees at night. Our hunting areas include the Coronado National Forest of southern Arizona. The Coronado National Forest is not a small tract of land, but rather 1.8 million acres of unspoiled country and prime hunting grounds. Arizona Gould's Turkey tags are on a special lottery draw. The outfitter will assist prospective hunters with the drawing process. Once a tag is drawn for our area, we can then book the hunt.
These are fully-guided turkey hunts. Hunters are led into the field daily by an experienced turkey guide in order to provide the highest chances for success. Our guides are very familiar with the area, terrain, where the birds hang-out, and more importantly, the techniques needed to effectively hunt Gould's turkeys. Gould's turkeys live in the mountains. In order to increase odds for success, hunters should be able to hike away from the road and into the quality turkey areas. Daily hikes could be anywhere from Ĺ mile to 1 mile from the end of the road, depending upon where the birds are hanging at the time of your hunt. Our guides will typically call for the hunters, but experienced turkey hunters can call for themselves or join-in with calling, whichever is preferred. Like Spring turkey hunting anywhere, there are many tactics to use while hunting these mountain birds. We are most successful using aggressive turkey hunting techniques. Primarily, we walk large ridges and set-up when we strike a gobbler. We also set-up in known corridor areas and "cold call" against pine trees or in a make-shift blind to see if a weary gobbler will come to investigate. Calling birds off the roost in the early morning can often be effective. If you need your Gould's turkey for the Royal Slam and want to stay within the United States, we have the Gould's hunt for you!
2015 Turkey Seasons/Licenses/Bag Limits
One-on-one, Guided, 3-day Gould's turkey hunt: $1,950.00/person.
We have a 100% success rate on Gould's turkeys! Although there are no guarantees in hunting of wild game, if you can shoot straight, you should get a Gould's gobbler!
Our Turkey Hunts are nearly ALL-INCLUSIVE!
Included: a complimentary ride to camp if flying (pick-up/drop-off point: Tucson Airport Hotels Only). This saves you from renting a vehicle. Meals are included (Most other turkey hunts across the US do not provide food.), accommodations are included, transportation while hunting, a guide, trophy prep (skinning/caping/packaging), and many extras.
Package Details: Camp is often located many miles from civilization. Accommodations are normally in a camping trailer. Meals are provided, which usually consists of a quick breakfast with coffee, cooked brunch, and hot dinner. If you are successful, preparation of your trophy for transport will be provided. If flying, it is easiest to donate the meat to your guide and put the packaged turkey cape into your luggage or carry-on bag. A complimentary airport hotel pickup/drop-off can be provided for hunters that fly into Tucson, Arizona. This is the closest airport. Driving hunters will meet us either in Tucson, at camp, or a town near the hunt area, whichever is most feasible. Flying hunters should get a flight into Tucson on the evening prior to meeting us, get an airport hotel room, and we will pickup the morning prior to the hunt for a ride to camp. For example, if your hunting starts on a Friday, you should get a flight into Tucson late Wednesday evening, get a hotel room, and we will pickup early Thursday morning (about 7-8am) for the drive to camp. This eliminates loss of hunting time if your flight is delayed or cancelled, which is becoming a common occurrence. We typically arrive back in Tucson in the late afternoon or early evening of the last day (around 4-6pm). So, flying hunters should get a flight out the evening of the last day or the morning after the hunt (hotel required). The possible hotel stay before/after the hunt is not included and is the hunter's responsibility. Driving hunters will meet us either in Tucson, at camp, or a town near the hunt area, whichever is most feasible.
Booking Info: A minimum 50% non-refundable deposit and some paperwork is required to book the hunt. The deposit is required only after Gould's tags are drawn. The remaining balance is due at least 21 days prior to the hunt. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details on booking and cancellations.
Non-Hunter Fee: Bring a non-hunter or an observer for a flat fee of $500.00.
Weapons: Itís the law that only shotguns, crossbows, or bows be used for turkey.
Recent Gould's Turkey Hunt Photos
Bruce Carlson from Florida with his big Arizona Gould's gobbler. It was called into 10 yards! (April 2014)
Lou Gambale from New Jersey finished his US Royal Slam on this magnificent 4 year old Gould's Turkey (April 2013)
AZ Super Raffle Gould's turkey hunter Mark McDonald and guide Pat Feldt with a giant Gould's gobbler. (April 2013)
This big, aggressive Gould's Turkey flew across a giant canyon to fight another gobbler before being taken at 25 yards by Tom Quesnel. (April 2013)
This big AZ Gould's turkey was shot at 25 yards. (April 2012)
Our Guides: Your main turkey guide is also the outfitter, Pat Feldt. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Arizona, which adds to his credibility as a full-time outfitter. Even though he is a big game guide throughout the year, his true passion is turkey hunting. He is a 44 year-old turkey hunting fanatic who has been pursuing wild turkeys his whole lifetime. Pat is very experienced in all calling methods and you'll see him using most types of calls while on the hunt. But, he prefers to use the realistic sounding friction pot calls coupled with mouth diaphragms. Pat is also a firm believer in the use of decoys to aid in enticing a gobbler (if given ample time to set one up). He often hunts various states for all the subspecies in the Grand Slam and has completed his Royal Slam without going to Mexico for his Gould's (US Royal Slam).
Recent Gould's Turkey Hunt Videos
Contact the outfitter at firstname.lastname@example.org to start applying for the Arizona Gould's turkey.
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