With turkeys becoming more visible every year, the number of hunters
buying turkey hunting permits is skyrocketing. The downside to all this is
that turkey hunters are encountering other turkey hunters more and more often
in the woods, sometimes with tragic results.
The problem is that turkey hunting is so different from other kinds
of hunting. The usual practices for hunting most species are not only
unproductive when hunting turkeys, they can be disastrous. The thing that
makes turkey hunting so exciting is the close interactions hunters have with
the birds. Hunters have to communicate with a turkey to get it close enough
for a shot. They have to pretend to be a turkey, and that's where the
potential danger lies. Because some hunters are tempted to stalk instead of
calling the turkey, hunters are stalking each other, and turkey hunting
injuries are rising with the number of turkey hunters. Stalkers and callers
are equally likely to be shot.
WILD TURKEY HUNTING TIPS:
Hunters must remain motionless to avoid being seen.
turkey call. It is not hard.
before you can get close enough for a shot. In turkey hunting
yards). You need to get a clear head and neck shot.
to hide you from turkeys and stalkers.
and know what sex it is.
FACT: Nine out of ten turkey hunting accidents happen when a
hunter mistakes a person for a turkey. It can happen.
and you could get shot.
FACT: The majority of turkey hunting injuries happen when one
hunter tries to stalk, and ends up stalking another hunter.
Don't shoot until you can clearly see the whole turkey and know what sex it is.
Never wave or use a turkey call to alert another hunter.
Remember: The way to be a successful turkey hunter is to talk to
them in their own language. Talk, Don't Stalk, and Wear
Blaze Orange When You Walk.