Turkey Hunting Gear
|A good shotgun is the most important piece of
equipment for a turkey hunters. Most hunters use the
12-gauge shotgun. it is ill advised to use anything
smaller because it increases the chances of crippling
the bird, and not making a clean, humane kill. Some
hunters choose to use the 10-gauge shotgun which
offers more pellets shot at a higher velocity. The
10-guage is a heavier weapon, with a stronger recoil.
Shooting at a turkey at more than 40 yards is not
recommended. A choke on the end of the barrel is used
to keep the shot in a closer pattern than without, and
is suggested for use in turkey hunting. A full choke
is advised, and it offers the most compact pattern.
The length of the gun barrel does not affect shot
pattern. Many hunters now use short barreled shotguns,
which are lighter and easier to maneuver with. The
most best shot sizes to use are number 6 or number 4.|
A There are a many brands of turkey calls, but all
fall into two categories: air operated or friction
calls. Friction calls are the easiest to use. Two
surfaces are rubbed together, creating sound. Box and
slate calls are friction calls. Air-operated calls
create sound when air is passed through it. Both of
these calls require practice to become proficient.
Learning from a more experienced turkey hunter or from
the turkey are the two best ways.
Other equipment you may need for the hunt includes: a
knife, compass, first-aid kit, and insect repellent.
Camouflage clothing is a must, including hat, gloves,
and face paint. Some hunters even purchase a ghillie
suit. It is also imperative to wear hunter orange, so
you don't get shot at by hunters mistaking you for a
Turkey hunting can be physically demanding. Prepare
yourself for the long walks, steep hills, and weather.
Pre-hunt scouting will help you prepare.