Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to take a look at your spring turkey hunting supply list!
The good news is, getting ready for hunting season isn’t too difficult. And once you have the right supplies, you’ll be out there with your turkey call in no time.
If you’re new to the sport, we know what you’re thinking: Where should I start when it comes to packing? Don’t worry about it for another minute. We’ve got you covered.
Your Standard Spring Turkey Hunting Supply List
We know you’re dying to get started on packing and getting out there, so we’ll keep it short.
While you pack, we want to stress it’s important that everything you pack is easy for you to carry. Be sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew, and remember to bring the essentials.
Alright, now we can get to it!
A gun or bow
The very first thing you should have is obviously something to hunt with.
Decide on whether you’ll be hunting with a gun or a bow, and then practice accordingly. Make sure you are completely comfortable with your weapon and can use it with ease. And be sure you have a way to carry it properly, too.
When you get out into the woods, you know it can be wet and cold, and you can be out there for hours.
Investing in some good boots will not only allow you to be out longer, but they will keep you warm.
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If you live in the north, you know that the temperatures can be brutal in the spring. Get yourself a pair of waterproof, insulated boots. And if you live in the south, you should have snake-proof boots.
This next item is a no-brainer. You should have at least one turkey call if you’re looking to bag a bird.
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You really only need a mouth call or a boat paddle. And of course, you’ll have to keep your call on key. Bring some sandpaper, rubber bands, some chalk, and an extra striker.
This is an ideal way to call the birds to you. Remember to call the turkeys to you instead of seeking out and stalking turkey sounds, because that could be another hunter.
It’s also better to use a turkey call instead of a fanning technique to attract the birds. Using a fan may obstruct you from view, and other hunters can mistake you for an actual turkey.
Decoys are somewhat optional because there are other ways to get spring turkeys to come out of hiding. You can get lightweight, easy-to-carry and haul decoys wherever you get your hunting gear.
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A lot of hunters swear by using a breeding pair. Use a jake and hen to try and ruffle the feathers of nearby jealous toms.
Before you invest in any gear, you need to make sure you have your hunting license. If you don’t have a hunting license yet, don’t stress too much. It’s easier than you think.
Just study and pass the online course available, then print your online voucher once you pass. Then all there is to do is attend your state follow-up class, and once you pass, you’re done!
When you have your hunting license, keep it on you while you’re out there. Zip it into one of your vest’s inner pockets to keep it safe.
Hunting mask and gloves
A hunting mask, if you’re unfamiliar, is a face mask that helps regulate your temperature and keep you warm. It also helps keep you hidden from potential prey.
If you plan on hunting when it’s still cold out, a hunting mask is an absolute must. The same goes for the gloves.
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Hunting gloves protect your hands and keep them warm, all without getting in your way. They really come in handy when the weather is wet and cold, too. If you’re on the fence about getting yourself a pair of hunting gloves, half-finger or fingerless hunting gloves are the perfect middle ground.
Remember to mind the color mask and gloves you choose. It’s important that you never wear any black, white, red, or blue during turkey hunting. Another hunter could mistake you for a bird.
A chair or cushion
You’ll be out against a tree or in a blind, unmoving, for a long time.
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To keep your legs from falling asleep and ward off general discomfort, it’s wise to bring either a chair or a cushion to sit on. Make sure your chair or cushion blends in to the environment, and it’s easy to carry to and from your truck.
A hunting knife should also be something you keep on you and in your vest.
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Make sure you know how to use your knife before you bring it with you to the woods.
If you’ve chosen to hunt with a gun, bringing extra shells with you will come in handy, and you’ll be thanking yourself later for bringing them.
A good rule of thumb is to bring along three shotgun shells for your gun and two extras as reserves.
We recommend bringing a little more than you think you may need so you can take a break from hunting live birds to hit the local range for a quick breather.
If you’re hunting with a bow, bring extra arrows with you. It’s a good idea in general to bring extra ammo along with you, no matter what weapon you choose to use.
Unfortunately, while you’re out hunting spring turkeys, bugs are hunting you. You can’t completely avoid getting bitten, but bug spray sure helps fend off those fiends.
Bring bug spray with you to keep those buzzing bothers out of your face and off of your skin.
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Another reason it’s important to keep bugs off of you is so your focus can remain where you need it.
Flashlight or headlamp
Whether you’re heading out early in the morning or you’re not going home until the sun goes down, you need a flashlight. Or a headlamp. Whatever suits you best.
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It’s not a piece of gear you have to use every time you go hunting, but it is definitely something you should have access to.
It’s always good to have at least a small flashlight on you to help you navigate the woods if you’re caught off guard and in the dark.
Dehydration is no joke. Humans can only survive for roughly three days without water, and dehydration can occur within hours.
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While you’re out in the woods, it’s important to stay sharp by staying hydrated. Bring a water bottle or hydro flask with you, and remember to fill it up before you leave for the day!
You’re not you when you’re hungry, and your focus can dull when your stomach begins to rumble.
Bring some trail mix or your favorite jerky along with you to keep your hunger at bay. You can also bring energy bars, granola bars, and candy bars. If you think you’ll be out hunting all day long, you might want to pack yourself a lunch before you leave your home, too.
Just be sure to snack quietly, so you don’t spook away any prey!
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
Even when you’re out in the woods, nature can call. Bring along a roll of biodegradable toilet paper with you and a small bit of hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizer is especially important. It’s best to keep certain germs off of your hunting gear.
First aid kit
While we’re talking about staying clean and healthy, let’s talk first aid kits.
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Accidents happen everywhere, even out in the woods. Whether it’s a cut or a sprained ankle, it’s important to treat any injuries right away.
Bring a small first aid kit full of bandages, gauze, antibiotic cream, and a pair of tweezers at least. You can add more supplies to fit you, like emergency medication or an inhaler.
Make sure you restock your first aid kit after each trip.
Compass and map
The first rule of being in the woods is this: Know where you are at all times.
About 2,000 people get lost in the woods each year, with the highest percentage being hikers and boaters. Make sure you know how to read a map properly before you get out in the woods.
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You could also bring a GPS to prevent yourself from getting lost, but we all know that batteries can die, and technology can fail. Having a physical map and compass is your best option.
A phone for emergencies
And finally, you need a fully charged phone that will allow you to call for help in emergencies.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have. Anyone can trip, fall, and sustain an injury. Plus, hunters can mistake other hunters for prey.
You can either keep the phone completely off or on silent as you hunt, but make sure you always have it on you.
Optional Extras for Your Spring Turkey Hunting Supply List
Now that you know what to pack with you, we can move on to extras!
You don’t need to bring the following supplies if you don’t think you’ll need them, but keep these in mind before you leave on your next hunting trip. Consider this list your optional turkey hunting gear guide.
One of the best ways to spot and identify birds is to use a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope. Whether they’re heavy-duty or not is completely up to you.
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Whether you’ve got a small cough or a dry throat, coughing can scare away turkeys and alert prey to your exact position.
And unlike birds, that just isn’t going to fly.
Keep some cough drops or throat lozenges on you to help you keep the noise down and offer relief if you’re not feeling your best.
You don’t even have to bring the whole bag with you. Just pack a few in your pockets, and you should be good to go.
Scrunchies or hair ties
Keeping extra hair ties can really save your trip.
Anyone who uses them knows that they can break without warning, and hair in your face can be dangerous.
Obstructed vision can throw off your aim and potentially put yourself and other hunters in danger. Bring at least three extra hair ties with you when you head out to hunt.
A flare gun and flares
The next bit of optional gear for you to consider is a flare gun and flares.
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Bringing a flare gun and extra flares along with you just might save your life. But make sure you know how to use a flare gun before you bring it along with you. And remember that no bird is worth your life. Safety should always come first.
If you believe you’ll find yourself in one spot for the majority of the day, you might want to bring a small cooler with you. It will keep your drinks nice and cold, and you can even keep a lunch in there.
Spring Into Action
Now that you have your spring turkey hunting supply list, you can assemble your gear and get out there as soon as possible.
Remember to tell someone where you’re going before you leave, or bring a friend or two with you. Remember to be safe, and take all of your supplies.
What’s on your spring turkey hunting supply list? Do you have anything else to add for other hunters out there? Leave us a comment down below and let us know! We’re always looking forward to hearing from you.
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