The Only Turkey Hunting Gear List You Will Ever Need
Hunting Turkey can either be fun or it can be frustrating. Whilst turkeys aren’t the smartest birds, they are one of the most paranoid, so going hell for high water out to catch one isn’t the best idea.
A little planning, a little investigating, and a few key bits of paraphernalia will make your next Turkey hunt a raving success.
Turkey Hunting Gear
- Turkey Hunting Vests
Turkey hunting requires patience, most times, and in addition sometimes a lot of sitting, kneeling, leaning, and all the things in between. So, it makes complete sense to get comfortable and on top of that, do it in style. Turkey hunting vests are the bomb. They, not only, can hold all your turkey hunting items, like the various decoys, box and pot-style calls; and water bottle attachments, but keep it all in an organized way. The vest helps tokeep everything close as you will find Turkey hunting requires plenty of extras.
- Turkey Decoys
A good Turkey decoy can have you pulling in the gobblers before you can say Thanksgiving. Decoy’s come in various formats. The Hen and Jake decoy basically looks like a male and female turkey. The aim is to mimic the look of a turkey so that the Mister and Missus will come a running in all their inquisitiveness. Some are more lifelike than others, so dependent on what you want to spend, you may end up with a sort-of turkey-look-alike. We are thinking that the real turkey may not even notice.
The Strutter decoy is built to look like another male turkey strutting its stuff in mating season. Feathers all fluffed up and its snood all red and engorged-looking. It would do well to get a non-aggressive pose and add in a few wingmen turkeys, so that your turkey prey are not scared away, but rather drawn in.
- Turkey Weapons
You can go for a shotgun or a bow and arrow. Most times, hunters choose the former option, as a bow and arrow requires some form of skill and of course, unless you’re The Archer, you won’t be potting out a few arrows in sequence after a first missed attempt.
Shotguns are more forgiving, however it depends on what type you buy and that of course, depends on the amount of cash you wish to spend. Single-shot shot-guns are the less expensive type but then only allow you to take one shot at a time, often times scaring off the turkeys without you getting another shot in.
Pump-action shotguns will allow you to pump out a few rounds but their recoil is crazy. They are the middle of the road when it comes to spend though. Now, semi-automatics are the way to go. Spending a little more cash will see you, not only getting a surer aim in, but also being able to either take a second chance in a much more relaxed manner than a pump-action, but also, possibly potting two or three birds one after another.
Now, the bow and arrow. A lovely weapon for a few reasons. Quieter, due to the fact that there is no metal on metal, and of course that you get to use that arrow again afterwards.
A quick tip on turkey shooting, you want to get the turkey with a death-kill and while that may sound harsh, it is the most humane way of killing a turkey. They are tough buggers to kill and the sure fire spot to aim is in the neck or direct in the head. Easier said than done, but it is the best.
- Turkey Callers
Callers are essentially a device to mimic the sound of another turkey in order to lure the real turkey to its vicinity, so that you can take your shot. There are over 30 different calls that turkey’s use, from yelping to clucking to gobbling, which we know well. Gobble, gobble! Some turkeys will respond to one call better than another, so having a few on hand is paramount.
Callers can either me a manual blowing apparatus or an electronic device, generally equipped with a remote, so you can get some distance. Some also work with a push-action and are called a diaphragm caller. Dependent on whether its mating season, you will want to know your calls so that you can change it up or down to best bring that gobbler to you.
Sometimes combining a decoy with a caller will do the trick. Turkeys, even though quite nervous at the best of times, are curious, like most animals and when a male turkey is faced with a possible competitor he may just come a strutting to protect his roost.
- The Right Shell
- Camouflaged to the Hilt
You can, if you so choose, and it isn’t a bad idea, given the shifty nature of the turkey, to camo yourself up completely. We mean from face to hands, from clothing to backpack and from weapons to decoys. While turkeys can’t see a very far distance and their sense of smell isn’t the keenest, they will spot a human before you have even pulled that weapon out.
So, now that you have all the bits and bobs to take on your next hunting trip, don’t forget to take along a carrying bag of sorts for all those turkey’s you are going to nab. Sometimes, the turkey hunting vests will come with a ‘waterproof’ packet which you can then pop your turkey in and know that you won’t be leaving a blood trail after you as well as not messing up the inside of your truck.
Take heed of the states rules on turkey hunting, be safe, and have fun out there!