Turkey hunting can be a very enjoyable sport, if the hunter is prepared for the hunt. Being prepared takes a little work, but is well worth it when that turkey is served with all the fixings.
The first step is to gather the necessary equipment.
- Camouflage clothing is necessary in order to get into shooting range of a turkey.
- A turkey call is often necessary to get the turkey to come into the area to be shot.
- Purchase any decoys that you may wish to use.
Decide on the weapon that you will use to hunt a turkey.
- The weapon of choice is necessary for taking this game bird.
- This can be a shotgun, a muzzle loader, a bow or even a crossbow.
- Gather up the ammunition to be used with the weapon of choice.
The next step is to determine the location of the turkey hunt.
- Get permission from the landowner.
- Pay for a hunting lease, either full service or no service.
- Hunt on land owned by yourself or your family.
If you are going to hunt turkey on your own land you will need to scout the land and prepare the hunting site.
- Scout the land to see where the turkey population is located.
- Prepare food plots or other types of feeding areas.
- Place blinds if you are to hunt from one.
Find out when turkey season is open in the location where the turkey hunt will occur.
- Fall turkey season.
- Spring turkey season.
Purchase a hunting license in the state where the hunt is to take place.
- A turkey hunting license is required by all states.
- The turkey hunting license is to be purchased for the state where the hunt is to take place, not in the hunter’s home state.
- Purchasing a license helps with funding programs to ensure future turkey hunting.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
- Practice firing the weapon from the desired or recommended distance whether it is a shotgun or a bow.
- Practice using your turkey call if you believe that you will need one when turkey hunting.
Wait for the opening day of turkey season, or at least the day you are going turkey hunting.
- If hunting on a full service lease, you should do as your fitter asks you to do, which will include sitting in a stand and waiting for the turkey to make its appearance.
- If hunting on your own land, get on your stand early if you are going to hunt from a stand so that you will be in position when the turkey flock begins moving.
- Take the shot; hopefully you will be cleaning a turkey soon afterwards.