Early this morning while driving to work I was reminded that spring is almost here. In a stubbly cornfield along the road was a flock of turkeys made up of about twenty hens and one big old gobbler in full strut. I almost caused a wreck but fortunately the driver behind me had good reflexes. I slowed down to a crawl and watched them as long as possible. Since that moment, I have had nothing but spring turkey hunting on my mind.
Now I have been turkey hunting for years and definitely have most everything I need but I could not help myself from looking at the new gear that is on the market. I don’t need a gun and I have plenty of ammunition, but there are several new things that caught my eye. Of course, the main goal is to not catch the turkey’s eye. They are indeed wily creatures that can see a hunter blink at 100 yards. I spent the afternoon putting together my list of NECESSITIES, however let me point out I am smart enough to not buy today, or even mention turkey hunting to my lovely wife, as today happens to be Valentine’s Day. I plan to wait until next week to upgrade my gear and get out my calls and start tuning up my avian love songs.
- NEW CAMO:
I have worn the same old camo coveralls for at least 20 years. They are threadbare, faded and more than a little too tight. It is no wonder that I have not been very successful the last few seasons. I found a new Hybrid Woodland Camouflage Ghillie Suit for only $79.99 available on Amazon Prime. No turkey will see me it this outfit.
I have reached that point in life where sitting on the hard cold ground while calling a turkey is not particularly appealing. In fact after sitting for a while, getting up is the real problem. Being comfortable makes it much easier to sit still which is imperative for hunting turkeys. My solution is a hunting chair, preferably one that is light weight and easy to carry. The Browning Camping Woodland Hunting Chair fits the bill. On Amazon Prime for $35.13.
One problem however, with sitting up a little bit off the ground, is the fact that it elevates your profile. Along with being comfortable you have to be well hidden in order actually kill a turkey. The answer for me is the Ameristep Jakehouse Blind. It is lightweight and easy to set up and comes in Realtree Xtra Green. Problem solved. Available on Amazon Prime for only $17.20.
I have never been very good with mouth calls. Note that it is difficult to use a mouth call effectively while munching on your favorite snack! In fact I have told people for years that I have really been improving turkey genetics by only removing the really stupid and hearing impaired birds that can’t tell my calls from the real thing. My wife has become quite attuned to my poor calling as I often sit in my recliner practicing about a month before the spring season. She is always ‘disappointed’ that she seems to have to leave the house for some shopping or a grandchild emergency as soon as I get started. Sometimes she comes home a little early before I have finished. I’m not sure what ‘caterwauling’ means but she says that is what I sound like. This year I’m going to offer up a whole new repertoire. I’m throwing away my old mouth calls and buying the H.S. Strut Combo Kit. Amazon Prime is going to love me. Priced at only $18.94.
Last but not least is a place to carry my lunch, water, extra shells, face mask, gloves, snacks, tote rope, hunter orange safety vest, new calls, insect spray, tick remover, snacks, cell phone, poison ivy medicine, camera, handkerchief, nose spray, first-aid kit, fire starting equipment and snacks. For only $20.99 the Allen Nomad Waist Pack just might work.
So, for less than $180 I am now a much improved turkey hunter. I figure this outfit will last me for the next twenty years of turkey hunting so that only figures out to about $9 per year! It is all on sale and I can have it all with free shipping from Amazon Prime in two days! If this old hunter don’t make it for another twenty years I’m sure my wife will be glad to bury me in my Ghillie Suit, thereby saving a few more dollars and impressing all of my hunting buddies.
Happy Turkey Season!