You may have heard that turkey hunting is very dangerous; it’s true. The goal of this posting is to remind you of the worst dangers.
How Can Turkey Hunting be Dangerous?
Let me count the ways …. First, hunting on public lands, by its nature is more dangerous than hunting on private lands.
There are more people (probably unknown to each other) holding loaded weapons at the same time, in the same area.
Being dressed in full camo often restricts your line-of-sight.
While concentrating on our quarry, we often lose sight of what is around us.
Hunting Behaviors that Can Cause an Accident
- Stalking turkeys, instead of calling them to you
- Trying to ‘drive’ turkeys, as if they were deer
- Shooting at any part of a turkey, other than the turkey’s neck or head
- Wearing red, white or blue
- Not knowing where other hunters are
- Not knowing what is beyond your next shot
- Not knowing what is between you and your next shot
Stalking a Turkey: The gobbler you are stalking may turn out to be another hunter with a gun aimed at you! Or, another hunter could be watching the turkey you are stalking – and shoot you!
‘Driving’ a Turkey: Turkeys don’t respond well to this kind of pressure; few bag a turkey in this way. However, the chances of becoming involved in a shooting are great. Call the turkey to you.
Aim for the Gobbler’s Head or Neck: Gobblers are big and hard to kill. Know the killing zone of a turkey: the head or neck!
Wearing Red, White or Blue: Dress like a turkey & you could be shot — instead of the turkey!
Biologists tell us that turkeys and deer are color-blind for the colors red & green. That is why you can wear blaze orange and not worry about detection.
If turkeys see you and you are in orange, they are aware of your movement, not the color!
Not Knowing Where Other Hunters Are: Things change — owners sell their property to new folks … hunters try new areas … people forget.
Not Knowing What is Beyond the Shot You’re About to Make: While hunting, you are your brother’s keeper! If we don’t watch for each other, we can create a tragic accident!
Not Knowing What is Between You and Your Next Shot: Same explanation as above!
Tomorrow: Some Truths About Turkey Hunting
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