Start to end, here is your 2016 turkey hunting gear guide to cover everything you’ll want to try out this season.
The first place you should go when planning your turkey hunt is the Cabela’s Turkey Roost for techniques, tips, and tactics. You’ll find all sorts of gear and be able to find what suits you best.
Clothing and Storage
What part of your body gives you away more than anything when setting up for a hunt? That’s right, your face.
Make sure it’s covered with the Ultimate Mesh Half Mask in a fabric so breathable, you’ll forget you’re wearing it.
Turkey season comes at an odd time in the year, with unpredictable weather. The days can start off chilly and by mid-morning, the sun is beating down. Dressing for any condition is important, which is why the SUPERTEC II shirt is a great layer to have.
When choosing the perfect pants for a hunt, the most important factor is silence when it comes to zippers and pockets, making the SUPERTEC II bottoms a wise choice.
As with any trip into the woods, don’t forget your feet! Spring is the perfect time to cash in on new hunting boots, like the Cabela’s Boa Snake. With year-round use, you won’t even have to worry about breaking them in for the fall.
Keeping your gear close to your body prevents any rustling you might do when under cover. The Tactical Tat’r 2 Turkey Vest has been redesigned to keep the hunter and their needs in mind.
If a vest isn’t quite your speed, a pouch may be beneficial to your hunting needs. With a place for your shotgun shells, box call, pan call, hunting license, and more, the H.S. Strut Pouch will keep your gear organized.
There’s nothing worse than reaching for your pan calls and being unable to find them quickly. Erase that confusion with the H.S. Strut Twin Pan Holster that keeps your calls just inches from your fingertips.
Never underestimate the eyesight of a turkey. Your blind or treestand is the first measure you can take to ensure you’re concealed and ready. The Ameristep Turkey Stopper Chair/4-D Spur Blind Combo is an easily portable set up that’ll put you right on the front lines.
It’s near impossible to get an angle on the gobblers without a decent pair of binoculars, and there are plenty of optionsperfect for the your needs. Pay attention to magnification power (the first of two numbers separated by the x); a power of 10 or more is acceptable for turkeys, since you won’t be moving around much.
If you’re heading out with your trusty hunting buddy, it’s a good idea to ensure that your grind blind is big enough to comfortably sit two. The Species Ground Blind with Two Chairs boasts an all-steel base that’ll keep your aim steady.
Setting up decoys is sketchy business. You’re out in the open trying to hastily stick them into the ground. The Montana Decoy Fanatic Turkey is so easy to set up, you’ll be out of the blind and back inside in only a minute or two.
Lifelike decoys are a dime a dozen, but there’s truly none with the colors and appearance of the Hunters Specialities Jake Snood Turkey Decoy. The details on the head alone make it an awesome choice.
Finding the perfect hen decoy can be tricky. It needs to be extremely realistic, but also sturdy and able to last for seasons. The Avian-X LCD Collapsible Lookout Hen Turkey Decoy prides itself on that sheepish appearance.
So you’re set up in the blind and you’re ready to start calling. The Zink Calls Thunder Ridge Friction Turkey Calls, available in slate or crystal, stay consistent no matter how far out you are.
If you prefer more of a classic, tried-and-true touch, the Lynch World Champion and Foolproof Turkey Calls have aided turkey hunters for over 60 years with their reliable, realistic sounds.
Another good option for spring calls is the Tom Teasers Calls Bahama Mama Diaphragm Turkey Call, which produces tom-tantalizing yelps, cutts, clucks and purrs.
And of course, don’t leave home for a turkey hunt without verifying your knife situation. The Havalon Baracuta Bone-Saw Combo Pack is just what you need for the field. This Cabela’s exclusive is extremely lightweight and packable, and comes with two blades and two bone saws.
Firearms & Accessories
If you’re in the market for a new turkey gun, look no further than the Mossberg Model 835 Pump Action Shotgun.
The 12-gauge has a rifle-style adjustable fiber-optic sight for precise pattern placement, plus a slightly shorter barrel length, perfect for blinds.
Top off your perfect turkey gun with one of the best scopes in the business, the Leupold VX-1. The American-made, fully guaranteed boosts light transmission and is extremely rugged, built to repeatability at a premium level.
Turkey time requires tight patterns, and for that, you should check out the Primos Jelly Head Maximum Turkey Choke Tubes for 90 percent pattern density.
Looking to take a turkey by bow? Diamond always keeps the hunter in mind and their Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro BlackOps Compound-Bow Package is no different.
It’s the most adjustable, most versatile bow in Diamond’s line, and weighs only 3.2 pounds.
What better way to display your prize than this Walnut Hollow Deluxe Turkey Kit that’s perfect for mounting the fan and beard? A successful turkey hunt is worth memorializing, and this kit makes it look classy.
Remember, there’s plenty more to see and learn at Cabela’s Turkey Roost, your one-stop shop for everything you’ll ever need to prepare for a turkey season.