Before you realize it, winter will be over and opening day for spring turkeys will be knocking on your door. Are you ready?
To have a successful spring turkey season, you need to start preparing now.
Most experienced hunters will have active hunting grounds already lined up, but if you’re just getting started, or if you need a new place to hunt, you’d better start talking with landowners now. You should have done this last year, but later is better than never. If you’re hunting public lands, take the time to walk the parks and wildlife reserves to become familiar with the landscape.
Some turkey experts caution about scouting for turkey movements too early because turkey patterns will change in the spring, but about a month or so before the season, get out in the woods and look for signs of turkeys. You don’t have to be an expert either, as turkeys generally leave a big mess that includes large tracks, droppings, scratches, and feathers. (If you also deer hunt, scouting for turkey is a great chance to search for shed antlers.)
A good hunter knows his game. Take the time to learn everything you can about turkeys, from their biological makeup to their seasonal behaviors. There are magazines, websites, and library books on the subject, so become a wild turkey expert and you’ll be a superior wild turkey hunter.
You should have been doing this all year, but like most hunters, you probably put away the calls for the winter. Get them out and master your turkey calls. If anyone in your house is annoyed, just remind them of the delicious turkey dinner you’ll be serving in the spring.
Whether you’re using a shotgun or a bow, proficiency is key. Get out to the gun range (the earlier the better, as ranges fill up the week before a major season) and take plenty of practice shots. If you’re using a shotgun, make sure you are fitted for turkey and properly choked.
In many states, the first day of turkey season (outside of youth season) is on a Monday. This is an intentional decision by conservation officials to disperse the initial pressure on turkeys and spread out the hunting crowd. If you can take off work, do it now so you can enjoy opening day, increasing your odds of a successful hunt.
Turkey season calls for high-quality, performance hunting apparel. You need camouflage from head to toe, but you never really know what the weather will do. In the spring, it could be below freezing or scorching hot, so layered apparel is essential.
Make sure you’re ready for spring turkey season by visiting the online store from NOMAD. From hunting pants to camouflage face masks, you can find all the apparel you need to cover yourself in high-quality hunting apparel.
At NOMAD, we love the excitement and challenge of turkey hunting. It’s one of the most difficult yet rewarding forms of hunting, and like many American outdoor enthusiasts, we are always waiting for spring and fall turkey hunts. However, we all need to be reminded that turkey hunting, however enjoyable, can be a very dangerous sport. When done recklessly, turkey hunts can cause injury and even death.
You may have taken a hunter’s safety course, but it’s always wise to review proper turkey hunting safety so you and your fellow hunters can stay safe in the woods and the fields.
Every single state in the nation, with the exception of Alaska, has wild turkey hunting, making the sport easily-accessible to a vast majority of American hunters.
Some states, however, are better than others. According to Realtree, there are nine states that earn an “A” for turkey hunting. These states are located all over the country, so no matter where you live, you’re within a day’s drive of some world-class turkey hunting. So what are the best states for turkey hunters? Let’s find out...
If you’re a game-bird hunter of any kind, including pheasant, quail, duck, or goose, you need to be a reliable shooter if you want to have consistent success. Sure, modern shotgun technology, including choke advancements, autoloaders, and premium loads, have made shotguns better than ever, but it still takes a skilled hunter to drop a fast-flying bird moving with the wind at 30 yards.
One of the best ways to maintain your shotgun proficiency throughout the year and hit the ground running come opening day is to participate in clay pigeon shooting.
This sport can be enjoyed with larger groups or just you and your buddy, so let’s learn more about clay pigeon shooting and why you should get started this weekend.