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#5599471 - 02/14/15 01:10 PM Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations
thepreppyredneck Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/31/15
Posts: 9
Loc: Cleburne, Texas
Howdy again! This time around, I'm asking for recommendations on turkey gear. Calls, blinds, camo, decoys, the whole nine yards. Leave your thoughts.
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#5600016 - 02/14/15 10:22 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 628
Loc: Yantis, TX
Get you a good turkey chair. They make your hunt so much more comfortable than setting on the ground. WalMart, Cabela's and Browning have one.

Gman
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#5600070 - 02/14/15 11:44 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
Cajun Raider Offline
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 486
Loc: Texas
Chair blinds are great for turkey hunting plus very comfortable.
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#5600146 - 02/15/15 07:25 AM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
LittleD Offline
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Registered: 08/05/12
Posts: 321
Loc: Louisiana
I would recommend a pair of small scissor type brush pruners works great for getting small limbs out your way. Decoys I use the collapsible type for storage an ease of handling. As far as a blind goes if you are setting up in a known turkey travel area and you can leave the blind out then maybe the double bull type blinds will work but if you are walking a lot trying to find a turkey then you would not want to carry a blind around with you. Calls there are hundreds on the market and you will get thousands of opinions on what to use find one that interest you and learn how to use it. Good Luck.
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#5600211 - 02/15/15 08:39 AM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
luvpigmeet Offline
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Registered: 09/07/11
Posts: 1375
Loc: PA
I use a simple lynch box call. Easy to use. Like little d said, find one you like and practice. Not a hard sort at all. Love those gobbles.

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#5600213 - 02/15/15 08:40 AM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
luvpigmeet Offline
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Loc: PA
Meant "sport"

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#5600399 - 02/15/15 11:24 AM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
257.Bob Offline
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Registered: 02/07/15
Posts: 41
I'm a fan of Dave Smith decoys and Cody slate calls. Camo depends on the environment you're hunting in. I've never used a turkey chair...but wouldn't be opposed to trying one.

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#5600783 - 02/15/15 04:22 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
samsamthemex Offline
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Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 698
Loc: NOTEX
as far as decoys what would you set out, and how many?? i been seeing those "TurkeyThug" foam decoys. are those any good??
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#5600821 - 02/15/15 04:44 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: 257.Bob]
thepreppyredneck Offline
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Registered: 01/31/15
Posts: 9
Loc: Cleburne, Texas
Originally Posted By: 257.Bob
I'm a fan of Dave Smith decoys and Cody slate calls. Camo depends on the environment you're hunting in. I've never used a turkey chair...but wouldn't be opposed to trying one.

I have 5 of the DSD's: leading, upright, submissive, feeding hens and the jake. Wanted to make sure I had good stuff as far as decoys go. I've got turkey chairs from Cabela's. I've got tons of Primos calls. Just trying to get recommendations from "turkey specialists" before I head out this year.
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#5601349 - 02/15/15 09:38 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
kmon1 Online   content
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 20282
Loc: Texas
For decoys, one would think the more realistic the better. Not necessarily so, have had mature gobblers come in to and strut around the cheap foam ones and the $100+ per decoy.

Calls, get more than one. Have some with different pitches some high some lower, often you can call and call with one with little or no response. Switch to a different sounding call and get instant response.

Camo, helps hide movement is its biggest advantage. I know the camo companies would have you believe different but that is marketing. Have called in gobblers within 10 feet while wearing blaze orange hat and vest. Even though turkey can see colors very well getting caught moving will get you busted.

The low turkey chairs are very nice, but I rarely ever take one out. Places I hunt usually can find a tree to sit against, a turkey vest with a good seat cushion is what I use most of the time. Matter of fact I have 2 one for deer season and another for Turkey season. The vests are just very handy for calls, water, camo netting for a blind if needed, food....
A vest also makes it a lot easier to carry your bird back to the truck

Camo Gloves are something that are always in the turkey vest. The hands move more than anything else and I want those hid as much as I can. Facemask isn't a bad idea either. Not really required but does help hide movement.

Binos and a range finder are always with me on a hunt. when I setup a quick ranging check of the area tells me where I need the gobbler to be able to take him cleanly. Know your distance from having patterned your shotgun and choice of shells.

If you are hunting the same place a lot a popup blind sure helps being comfortable and less movement to be seen by the turkeys, and really improves the chances if bow hunting

Good luck and have fun
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#5603635 - 02/16/15 10:26 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: kmon1]
Scoop Offline


Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 1953
Loc: North of San Antonio
Second the chair and pruner suggestion. Gotta have a chair with my back. Also love my leaf camo suit with netted face hood. Lets me wear shorts or thermals under it depending on the weather and great to keep skeeters and gnats outa my ears. A good bug repellant on my clothes/boots helps in tick country.

This year gonna try my gopro cam on a turkey hunt.

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#5603895 - 02/17/15 07:32 AM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 628
Loc: Yantis, TX
Thermacell!!


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#5605193 - 02/17/15 08:19 PM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
Permetherin, Deet and Thermacell! I hate Moes!

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#5609429 - 02/20/15 06:39 AM Re: Spring Turkey Gear: Recommendations [Re: thepreppyredneck]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23574
Loc: Wise County Texas
I agree with Kmon, movement is the biggest factor, that is why I only use diaphragm calls for the last 20 or so years. I can have the SG up and a solid cheek weld and still make soft calls.

I just camo up (net on face and hands), shot gun, 3 hen decoys, around 6 different diaphragm calls, spray down with deep woods OFF and I go..Depending where I am hunting, I will wear snake proof boots, but prefer tennis shoes, or my tennis shoe style hunting boots.
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