These are 6 clothing tips for turkey hunters.
Camo Wear Patterns
Found some camo wear in the “Clearance” section of your store? BEWARE! Some of those ‘3-D camo’ and ‘movable leaves’ wear that you will find on clearance racks are a bad investment. Why?
If they move on a still morning, turkeys don’t wait to see why they moved. They quickly make tracks — in a different direction!
New Clothes Shine
Shiny new clothes may be great for church, but are a poor idea when hunting turkeys. Why? Turkeys have sharp eyes. A shiny watch strap, glittery watch and reflections off of clothing are dead give-aways!
Keep in mind: Turkeys that survive the first weeks of hunting learn about shiny objects and hunters. They get smarter as the season wears on.
I’ve already written lots about what to use when washing your hunting wear. Mosey on over to UV Brighteners: We’ve Got the News, where I name names of the products that will not add UV Brighteners to your clothing.
Critical Elements of Hunting Clothing
If your hunting clothing meets all of these criteria, your clothing will not impede your ability to snag a turkey: comfortable, safe (nothing to hang up on branches, gun barrels, etc.), and silent (no noise, no matter how slight).
As a test: Rub your clothing (pants legs or sleeves) together. Well-washed cotton garments generally are silent. However, some garments with lots of polyester can sound very loud!
Outerwear for Hunting
Some guides suggest “mix-and-match” — green camo over brown camo (pants). In other words, they are suggesting you wear the same pattern, with differing colors. There’s a lot of controversy about this idea.
I’m going to side-step it and suggest coveralls. They are versatile; on hot days, wear a single layer cotton coverall.
On cold days, wear underlayers (of wool, cotton, whatever) for extra insulation.
Another reason I like coveralls, is that they seem to have an endless supply of pockets — deep and roomy — to carry the endless list of “must-haves:” gloves, turkey tags, shells, calls, etc.
Face Nets vs. Black Make-Up
A few years ago, everyone wore black face makeup – to reduce face shine. Now, however, the trend is towards face veils or face nets.
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