I believe that an investment in well-made, dependable hunting gear is a worthy one, but that investment shouldn’t break the bank.
With turkey season only a couple of months away, now is the best time to get a turkey vest. Maybe your reliable vest of ten years finally has one too many holes to ignore, you’re shopping for your child’s first youth vest, or 2015 will be your very first time turkey hunting.
I’ve done the homework and found ten vests, all under $70, that are sure to carry your gear (and a few gobblers) this season and for many seasons to come.
1. Mossy Oak Obsession Vest, Walmart ($45)
This well-reviewed vest (4.5 out of 5 stars) features a zip-front closure, roomy game bag, and ample storage for calls. Available in sizes M-2XL.
2. Primos Strap Turkey Vest, Walmart ($52)
This lightweight vest has plenty of room for all your calls, as well as a detachable foam seat to keep you comfortable while you call at monster gobblers. Available in size M/L.
3. Whitewater Thunder Chicken Vest, Midwest Turkey Call Supply ($60)
This vest (on sale!) features supportive shoulder and chest straps, a detachable seat, and ample call space. Available in sizes XL-2XL.
4. Cabela’s Hammerin Turkey Vest, Cabela’s ($50)
The Cabela’s camo pattern is good for hunters in rockier environments, and the built-in seat helps you stay comfortable. Available in sizes M-2XL.
5. Lucky Bums Youth Turkey Vest, Amazon ($31)
This vest is perfect for your kid’s first time in the woods: two ample pockets for calls, a game bag, and a safety flag. One size (Youth 6-14).
6. Field & Stream Turkey Vest, Dick’s Sporting Goods ($29.93)
This vest is the most affordable on the list (on sale!) and features a large game bag, support straps, and a custom call pocket. Available in sizes S-2XL.
7. Ol’ Tom Duralite Vest, Midway USA ($54.99)
This pack is designed as a lightweight, essentials-only pack that helps you stay comfortable in the woods. One size fits most.
8. Ol’ Tom Essentials Vest, Sportsman’s Warehouse ($60)
Another reliable ol’ tom vest makes the list, this one is “simple and efficient” with a game bag and supportive shoulder straps. One size fits most.
9. Torched Turkey Vest, NWTF ($49.99)
This adjustable pack in breakup camouflage with a padded seat is available from the leading turkey-oriented conservation group, the National Wild Turkey Federation. One size fits most.
Now you’ll be fitted to get out there this spring. The excitement is high for spring turkey hunting season.