We spoke with some hard hitting turkey fanatics to get you a list of their top turkey hunting gear that’s not going to break the bank. This list covers calls, decoys, blinds and seats, all items to take into the field when getting out to chase that Spring Thunder.
Photo courtesy of Northern Ohio Outdoors
There are a variety of types of turkey calls out there. My advice here is buy a few different types and practice to see what you’re most comfortable with. It’s all about building confidence in the call, so that when the time comes and that Gobbler is lighting up over the ridge, you can lay those sweet purrs out there to coax him to come on in.
For your most common call types, you have the box call, a slate call and then a mouth call. Below are a few of our favorites in each category.
I’ve hunted with crappy decoys, and I’ve hunted with good decoys. A good decoy can really make the difference on having that Tom commit to coming into your setup. You don’t need to break the bank here, but it’s a good idea to have a few different types of decoys to use that look realistic.
I’d recommend having a few hen decoys, a jake decoy as well as a strutter when the time comes. You don’t know what’s going to do the trick, but it’s always great to have options out there.
Another option here is to use a fan from a Jake or Tom that you killed in previous years, and then use that actual fan as part of your decoy set. Here’s a photo of a fan we were setting up in our garage to use as a fan on a decoy in the coming years.
Hunting from a blind can be a very effective method when trying to fool birds to come into your set. Turkeys have amazing vision, and more often than not they bust you based on your movement. This is why a blind can be extremely helpful.
Turkeys can’t see depth, so they can’t actually see the blind if it’s blending in with it’s surrounding environment. Blinds do an amazing job of covering any movement for those of us that have a hard time sitting still. They can also provide cover in areas where you can’t necessarily blend in - like the middle of a field. The blinds today are pretty light and mobile, so you can set them up quickly and move as necessary.
Here are few highly rated blinds to choose from that aren’t too expensive.
Turkey hunting can involve a lot of sitting around and in some cases, not the most comfortable of spots. That’s why it’s nice to either bring a pad to sit on, or if you’re lucky enough, you can roll out in one of these plush chairs to make your hunt even more comfortable. Some sort of pad or seat makes a big difference. It will allow you to sit more still and spend more time in the field, thus improving your chances of success. Here are a few we’d recommend checking out.
For the minimalist, you can try a pad….
Here’s a few hybrid pads that also have some back support.
And then if you want to go for serious comfort, go for the chair. You won’t regret it once you’re out there.
That’s it for some gear recommendations. Not all of these are necessary but definitely help with your time in the spring woods. Also, check out some of our other turkey hunting related posts
Thanks for checking out this post. If you have any tips or favorite pieces of gear, we’d love to hear about it. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share any of your gear tips or turkey hunting advice.
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