There are three primary objectives associated with turkey hunting in a group of family or friends:
- Having a Safe Hunt
- Participating In An Enjoyable Experience
- Harvesting a Turkey
Notice that the obvious "Harvesting A Turkey" is number three!
Having a safe hunt is the most important aspect of turkey hunting. Remember that turkey hunting involves wearing camouflage clothing and making "turkey sounds" in the woods. Never assume that you are completely alone.
If you are taking a youngster or inexperienced hunter into the turkey woods, keep in mind that the things that will make for an interesting day of hunting for them are perhaps not the same as for you.
They may not have your enthusiasm or ability to sit still while ignoring bugs, thirst, etc.
Tent-style ground blinds are recommended to allow a youngster the freedom of movement, (or even a nap) without risking the success of the hunt. You can have drinks and snacks without giving away your presence by movements, or by reflections from shiny food wrappers or drink containers.
Always keep in mind these four primary rules of firearm safety:
- Always have the muzzle pointing in a safe direction
- Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun
- Be sure of your target - including what is in front of, or beyond it
- Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot
To learn specific turkey hunting skills and techniques, check out our VIDEOS page.
Ground Blinds: Tent-Style ground blinds are obvious choices for hunting in bad weather, and really handy for taking kids turkey hunting!
Pros: Allows you to stay in the field longer during wet weather, and hides most movements inside the blind.
Cons: Weight and bulk can limit your mobility, and being inside the blind can feel confining when the weather is nice outside. View Blinds
TurkeyPro.com owner Larry Dale and his 2009 Brown County Illinois gobbler.
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