Did You Remember the Insect Repellent?
I have a personal belief that insects, flies and other small creatures are in cahoots with turkeys. They jump into action: zeroing in on your nose, eyes or wandering up your leg at the critical moment.
Ask me how I know.
Go with the non-scented variety of bug spray. The good news is that a turkey’s eyes are more sensitive than his nose.
Just don’t choose some scent that doesn’t occur in his world: old spice, gardenia, vanilla.
Are You in a Good Shooting Position?
Sitting ‘straight on’ narrows your ability to get your turkey. If you are right handed, it is better to sit a quarter to the right of the turkey you are calling. This way, you have a full 180 ° you can turn while getting off a shot.
If you are left-handed, sit a quarter to the left of the turkey you are calling – for the same reason.
Sitting straight-at a turkey narrows your range of firing.
Do You Concentrate on the Turkey & the Bead of Your Gun?
To shoot accurately, it is important to see both the turkey and the bead of your shotgun as you fire. Turkeys are often missed when a hunter forgets this important step.
Remember: The bead isn’t on the shotgun for decoration!
Are You Patient Enough?
Hunters often miss gobblers because he/she was in a hurry; rushing to take a shot from a poor position. Take your time and let the tom move into place for a good shot — or don’t shoot.
Are You Wearing the Right Camouflage?
The ‘right camouflage’ means a pattern that fits the terrain where you are hunting. Wear a pattern clear enough to disguise you; old and shiny camo is worthless.
Are you wearing jewelry? Is everything not covered by camo fabric, covered by matte black? Gobblers are looking for movement. Jewelery, skin and shiny weapons reflect light. Turkey eyes are about 5 times sharper than ours.
If you are fully covered in camo, then you will have the confidence to move when you must. You will be assured enough to let the gobbler come in close; you won’t feel the need to take just any shot because you are afraid the tom will see you!
Darn, I’m going to miss turkeys when the season is over!
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