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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.

Turkey hunting can be physically demanding. Prepare yourself for the long walks, steep hills, and weather. Pre-hunt scouting will help you prepare.