Tactics and Gear for Last-Minute Turkey Hunting
Outdoor Hub Staff 05.24.16
If you have the chance to get out one more time this spring turkey season, the products below could be just the ticket to help harvest a longbeard. Remember, these birds have heard a lot of calling and seen a lot of decoys this spring, so you need to be sharp to fool them. Dress for sunny, hot temperatures, use ultra-realistic decoys and call sparingly. Remember to use subtle and natural ground sounds, too, such as scratching, to simulate a feeding turkey.
Toms will often sneak in quietly late in the spring, so be patient. The good news is almost all of the hens are on nests, so if a tom spots your hen decoy, he might slip in for one last breeding attempt.
It’s not over yet . . . shoot straight!
Avian-X decoys are the secret weapon of many of the country’s top turkey hunters. This combo pack combines the Merriam’s LCD Lookout Hen and LCD Jake Quarter Strut. The lookout hen shows dominance with her upright head, equally effective in bringing in gobblers for courtship and hens for protection. The sub-dominant Jake entices aggressive gobblers looking for a fight.
If you love the convenience of carrying and using mouth calls, check out the new Zink Calls Z-Pack Diaphragm Calls. Each easy-to-use call produces realistic sounds that toms can’t resist. The traditional Z-Yelper two-reed call features a double-split top reed for easily producing two-note yelps. The triple-reed Z-Cutter produces exceptional back-end rasp, and the two-reed Z-Combo has a combo-cut top reed for easy rasp. As a bonus, this three-pack includes the Turkey Time University DVD.
Weighing only 1.55 pounds and quick to set up, the Flambeau MAD MAX Blind utilizes the frame as a shooting stick, creating a blind and firearm rest in one. The low center and high sides ensure only your head and gun are above the Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity blind, and it can be pivoted around the center support leg, enabling you to stay centered on a moving turkey.
Whether you’re turkey hunting or fishing under a hot sun, harmful UV rays don’t stand a chance against Cabela’s Men’s Camo Pants with 4MOST UPF. A UPF rating of 15 stops UV rays before they reach your skin. Crotch gusset and technical-stretch material allow a wide range of motion. Moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry. Technical-stretch material is 100% polyester and main body is 100% nylon. Available in Cabela’s Zonz Western and Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands.
Like the Made in the Shade Camo Pants discussed above, the Made in the Shade 1/4-Zip Top provide outstanding protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Technical-stretch side panels on this top allow a wide range of motion, the ventilated mesh back yoke is breathable, and the shirt’s fabric is moisture wicking, keeping you cool and dry. Chest pockets with zippered closures secure your gear. Available in Cabela’s Zonz Western and Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands.
Stay away from harmful UV rays while pursuing last-minute turkeys with the Cabela’s Men’s Seven-Button Shirt with 4MOST UPF. Its UPF 15 stops UV rays before they reach your skin, while technical-stretch side panels make it easy to aim your shotgun or draw your bow. Other features include: ventilated, mesh back; moisture-wicking fabric; and zippered chest pockets. Available in Cabela’s Zonz Western and Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands.
This Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands camo pair of OutfitHER Pants with 4MOST UPF is perfect for hot-weather turkey and big-game hunts. The 100% durable nylon construction not only wicks moisture, but has a UPF rating of 40 to protect female hunters from the sun. The pants feature two zip front slash pockets, one zippered thigh pocket and two rear pockets.
This Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands camo OutfitHER Shirt with 4MOST UPF wicks moisture and has a UPF rating of 30. The front 1/2-zip is reinforced with a storm flap. Female hunters can keep necessities close with zippered chest patch pocket and zippered kangaroo pocket.
This article was produced in cooperation with Cabela’s.