Turkey Hunter: He's Making a List, Checking it Twice

Turkey Hunting Tips - What is about the worst thing that can happen to you in the middle of a good hunt? No, it is not missing the shot and scaring your prey away. Instead, the worst thing that can happen is getting the perfect bead on the perfect animal, only to discover that you have left something crucial that you need at home. Of course, getting caught outside in a storm without any rain gear is not walk in the park, and you don't want to be walking through heavily wooded areas without your snake proof boots. What is the best way to make sure you don't get caught short as turkey hunting season roles around? Making a list, of course! A nice organized list of all of your turkey hunting needs will help you avoid hunting trip disaster.

One of the easiest ways to think about your turkey hunting needs and to make sure nothing is left off of your list is to group your needs into categories and go from there. Category one could be the proper clothes for turkey hunting. You need to make sure you have all of the proper camo gear ready to go, from camo shirts and pants to camo makeup/paint, facenets, hats, gloves, socks, jackets and whatever you need for your climate and your hunting ground. Add to your camo clothing lists other needs like rain gear for those spring showers that often pop up during turkey hunting season and boots that will keep your feet dry in the rain and safe from the snakes. Consider whether your hunting trips are one-day adventures or several day affairs and make sure you have enough clothing for your needs.

Next, check off all of the equipment you will need for successful hunting. Of course you will need your shotgun, but don't forget turkey loads, shotgun slings, a flashlight, trail ribbons, knife/ratchet cutters, binoculars, a map, a compass, a cooler and a first aid kit. Some of the equipment you need may depend on what is legal in your area. For instance, you may want to have a turkey decoy or camo blind if they are allowed where you do your hunting. Some other things may be a matter of personal preference, like a cushioned stool to sit on (beats hours on the cold, hard ground) or patterning targets.

Of course, a turkey hunt wouldn't be a turkey hunt without turkey calls. The call can make all of the difference between getting a kill and not getting one, so taking the right collection of calls without to a hunt is very important. There are tons of different options for calls, like the gobble, the owl howl, turpin/wingbone call, glass calls, box calls, diaphragm calls and more. The right ones for you depend on the area in which you are hunting and the time of year you are hunting in. Don't forget the call accessories, like call holsters and sandpaper.

Last but not least, don't forget those little extras that can add up to be a big deal. Getting your license is at the top of the list and can't do much without that. You will also want to check out your hunting territory and get the permission of the landowner before you go out hunting. It is traditional to get the landowner a gift of some sort in gratitude, so don't forget to take care of that one. Devote a little time to practicing with the other gear on your list, like your calls, camping gear if you have, and so forth, so you are ready to go when the day comes around.