The Ultimate Turkey Arsenal
As the weather begins to change, and the grass turns green you can feel spring in the air. With spring comes one of my favorite times of the year, and that is turkey season. The spring turkey season can be one of the most rewarding hunts to begin the new hunting season. It can also be a very frustrating and challenging hunt, so it’s important to equip yourself with the right tools in your arsenal to succeed. I am going to layout and explain some notable tools that I take with me as I venture into the woods to try and fool an old tom turkey.
For starters the spring turkey season offers the opportunity for a hunter to harvest a turkey with either a bow or shotgun. This makes for some very diverse hunting strategies.
Bow of Choice – Mathews Creed
The bow that I take into the woods is my Mathews Creed. It offers a great let off and a IBO speed of 328 feet per second.
The creed offers a shorter axel to axel length, which is an advantage and leads to more spot and stalk capabilities. It is a really fun bow to shoot and puts the smack down some turkeys.
Shotgun of Choice – Benelli Super Black Eagle 2
Like I mentioned before, there is also a shotgun season offered in the spring which can really be a blast as well. I choose to run a semi-automatic shotgun, because it allows for a quick back on target shot in case you miss the first one, and if you happen to be so lucky that you are able to get a double with two birds that come in front of you while hunting it offers more chances of bagging a bird. So my choice for a shotgun is a Benelli Super Black Eagle 2. This shotgun has many features that really make it ideal for hunting turkeys, but one of the most important is the ability to handle shotgun shells rangeing from 2 ¾ to 3.5 inch shells. This is important when you have a stuburn bird out at little farther range and you need something that can reach out to him .
The next item is very important if you are wanting to be sucessful during the spring season, and that is decoys. What makes the spring season so much fun is it is breeding season for the turkeys and Tom’s and Jake’s are on the prowl looking for female turkeys to mate with, so if you present a decoy that catches their eye you can bring them in close for a great shot oppurtiunity. I like to use a good Hen decoy that is in a feeding position, followed up with a Tom or Jake in a Strutting or Passive posture . You want to present the other Toms and Jakes in the area with an oppurtuinty to mate.
These are only a couple of examples, but there are a large varity of different decoys. Generally the more life like the decoy looks the better the odds are of bringing the turkeys in close.
The next item is to have a good call. The spring really makes the turkeys vocal so a good call to fool a turkey into either your decoy spread or you sitting against an old cottonwood can really help to lure them in . There are a quite few different types of calls. For example, there is a slate call which is a device that allows for crisp sounds of hen rangeing from purring to full blow locating sounds.
The next is a standard Box call that sounds very similar sounds to the Slate call.
Although my personal favorite is the diarphram call it allows me to stay very mobile, versistale, and hands free at all times.
One of last cruical items that I allways have on me is a good turkey vest.To orgainize anything from calls to ammo. There are a lot different stlyes vest for sale on the market. The one that I like the most is the vests that come equipped with a seat pad. This helps to keep you moblie and gives you the abiltity to be comfortable no matter the different setup you may come across while hunting.
Using these tools in your turkey arsenal this year will lead to more chances for success while hunting. Good luck this year.
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BoNE/ Pro Staff- Jake Fleischmann