Brush up on your turkey camo tactics.
For having such relatively small brains, turkeys can certainly provide a wily hunting challenge.
What they lack in intelligence, they more than make up for in keen vision and incredibly alert senses. A turkey’s excellent vision is three times stronger than 20 x 20, and they boast a 270-degree field of vision (peripheral vision), as opposed to a human’s 180-degree field.
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It’s this incredible vision and a strong urge for flight in their “fight or flight” mechanism when presented with even the slightest hint of a predator on the prowl that means any hunter must camouflage himself head to toe if he or she ever hopes to bag a gobbler.
Here are some helpful tups to remember when when choosing camo.
Be Alert to Seasonal Changes in the Hunting Environment
Mixed-conifer hardwood forests, hardwoods, marshy areas, open fields and pastures… all are favorite strutting grounds of wild turkey.
Turkey hunting demands that the savvy hunter blend in with his surroundings and remain painstakingly still. Ever vigilant even to the slightest movement, turkeys will bolt if their acute senses detect motion, disappearing seemingly in an instant.
To minimize detection, camo needs to merge with the background. Seasons change, leaves come into color or begin to dry and fade. Camo that virtually disappears into the scenery, matching the seasonal coloration of hardwoods, foliage, dead leaves and bark is best.
Obviously, snowy weather calls for predominantly white camo. Camouflage clothing manufacturers carry a wide array of apparel suitable for turkey hunting, turning the hunter into a ghostly, undetectable figure in the woods.
Necessary Camo Accessories
Turkeys are quick to spot gaps in camouflage, so a hunter’s face, hands, ankles, head and gun (or bow) also need tending to.
In addition to a camo suit, wear a cap, face mask and gloves that match the suit’s camo pattern and coloration. Remember to choose socks and shoes that don’t jar with the rest of carefully selected camo gear. When your sitting down, there’s no guaranteeing that your pants legs won’t rise up.
Gun and bow wrapping patterns should closely resemble the hunter’s seasonal camo choices, as well.
Noisy camouflage clothing choices that swish and zip with every movement will turn turkey hunting success stories into tales about near-misses and the tom that got away.
Turkey hunting camo clothing should be soft and quiet. New fabric-manufacturing technologies have created certain fabric blends that are virtually noiseless. A hunter’s best bet is to test out gear before purchase to get a feel for just how silently he can move around in his camo duds.
If turkeys are wily, a hunter has to be even wilier. The appropriate camo suit and gear can mean the difference between a surprise attack and a noisy, abortive one that alerted every turkey in the vicinity.
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