Turkey Gear – Accessories



You know you need a good binocular for deer hunting, but for turkeys? You bet! Buy the best 7X, 8X or even 10X glass that you can afford. A compact or midsize model that rides nicely in a vest pocket is great.

We started using a compact 10X Leica a couple of years ago. That little gem has improved our hunting tenfold, especially when I go for Merriam’s or Rio Grandes. It’s common to spot western turkeys feeding, watering or strutting miles away on open prairies and plains. But are the shimmering black forms hens, jakes or mature gobblers? Well, glass ’em and find out. If they are longbeards, hustle over there and start calling.

A good binocular also comes in handy back east. Pause often in the woods and glass down into draws and hollows. Check the edges of fields and food plots. Scan adjacent ridges and hillsides. You’ll be surprised how many flocks you’ll spot in autumn and how many single birds you’ll see in the spring. Then you’re in business. If your binocular reveals an old gobbler with a dangling beard, watch him. Then scan the surrounding terrain and plan your move into strategic calling position.

Remember this: Turkey hunting is mostly a listening game. But anytime you can see a gobbler before he sees you and spooks you have a giant tactical advantage. Use a binocular!

Odds and Ends

  • Carry a compass and know how to use it.

  • Find a spot in your hunting vest for a pair of hand clippers. When you set up to call a turkey, use them to trim limbs, saplings or brush that might block your vision or impede the smooth swing of your shotgun barrel.

  • Carry a small flashlight for getting around in the predawn. Point the beam down to the ground to lessen the chances of spooking a roosted turkey.

  • Pack a small first-aid kit with Band-Aids, Excedrin, etc.

  • Carry spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution.

  • Carry a full water bottle. You’re mouth will get dry after a couple of hours of yelping on a diaphragm.

  • Tote a small folding knife. If you breast out most of the turkeys you shoot (the plump halves of white meat are delicious when sliced thin and fried or grilled!) a sharp, 3-inch blade is the only field-care tool you’ll need.



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