Imprison Yourself: The Essential Turkey Hunting Gear

Imprison Yourself: The Essential Turkey Hunting Gear

I'm not the first to admit it, but I am emphatic -- I don't really like turkey hunting with a bow. I just feel that wild turkeys were designed with bright red heads; long, relatively frail necks; and a tendency to hang up at 40 yards all for the express purpose of being shot with a load of 5s from a scattergun. That being said, I am warming up to bowhunting turkeys, now that I've figured out ways to make sitting in a pop-up blind bearable. The tiny, camouflage prison cell has been the bane of my turkey hunting experience, largely because I can't stand listening to a bird gobble his head off and not be able to move into a better position.

Portability is not impossible when bowhunting turkeys, but it's a pain. And I know there are those diehard types who forgo blinds, don ghillie suits and kill birds, but I'm not writing about those five guys. The rest of us are better off surrounded by four walls and a roof during our spring forays.

So how do you maximize success while bowhunting turkeys? For me, it starts with scouting. Although they seem to wander like crazy in search of amorous encounters, longbeards can also be easy to pattern. Erecting your blind in the right spot is a must, and a few mornings spent listening to gobbling along with afternoon glassing expeditions can help you nail down a high-odds spot.

Whether bowhunting turkeys is one of your passions or perhaps a way to scratch the bowhunting itch in the spring (or fall), these products will help make your experience much more enjoyable.


The Switch Ground Blind

Another company that produces a litany of quality blinds is Ameristep. I've been using one of their Tom Taker blinds for years and am truly excited about their latest offering, The Switch Ground Blind ($299). The Switch allows you to adjust the blind height from 60" to a full 88", which will accommodate standing bowshots. The Switch weighs 25 lbs., features a versatile window/shooting port system, and is compatible with several different Realtree camouflage shells for ultimate customization.

Down-N-Dirty Haint

Down-N-Dirty also makes calls and their Haint ($50) gobble call promises to change the way we turkey hunt. The Haint call produces a loud, resonating gobble meant to challenge dominant longbeards. Combining this call with a full strut tom decoy is a great way to weed out jakes and two-year-olds to concentrate on boss birds.

Dirty Mouth

I like to combine a quality pot call with a diaphragm call to simulate two different hens calling at the same time. Flextone's double-reed Dirty Mouth ($7) is the perfect call for just such a one-two punch. Both of the Dirty Mouth's reeds have dual splits on each end to produce clear yelps, clucks, cutts and purrs.

G5 Outdoors Havoc

Another broadhead that will prove bad medicine for big gobblers is G5 Outdoors' new Havoc ($48). First and foremost, the Havoc boasts German Lutz Blades, which are the sharpest blades on the market. The Havoc features the new Posi-Lock blade retention system and Balanced Blade Deployment for perfect performance. Available in 100 and 125 grains, the Havoc offers a cutting diameter of over 2".

Mathews Monster Pro

Gorilla Gear also has their hand in the blind business with their Mathews Monster Pro ($499). The Mathews Monster Pro features 22 windows for maximum shooting opportunity and the option of 360-degree visibility, a removable floor system, gear storage cargo pockets with silent hooks, and an interior that is fully sealed with adjustable ShadowBlocker material. Weighing in at 24 lbs., the Monster Pro measures 64" X 64" X 72" tall.

Heads Up Decoy Tom Turkey

Once you've got your blind set up and ready to go, it's time to consider another integral part of bowhunting turkeys -- decoys. The Heads Up Decoy Tom Turkey ($30) from Smoky Hill Hunting Products is a versatile choice whether you sit in a blind or want to stalk a hung-up gobbler. Each decoy is packable, realistic-looking and quiet, and when paired with a real turkey fan (not included), much easier to tote around than a full-bodied tom decoy.

Huntmore 360 Chair

Another blind chair that makes sitting all day much easier is the latest incarnation of the Huntmore 360 Chair ($219), which just keeps getting better. This highly adjustable, dead quiet chair features one of the best options a blind chair can have -- adjustable lumbar back support. The Huntmore 360 weighs 11.5 lbs., sports a large bottom seat pad (19"x 19"x19"), and is fully collapsible for easy transport.

Metal Yell

One particular company that produces a few of those calls is Knight & Hale. Their Metal Yell ($35) is designed with an aluminum pot and aluminum striking surface, a combo that allows for calls ranging from soft purring to aggressive and loud yelps.

Magnus Bullhead

If shooting turkeys through the body isn't your thing, try out the Magnus Bullhead ($40/3 pack) in either 100 or 125 grains. Bullheads are razor sharp and designed to relieve unsuspecting gobblers of their heads. These highly effective broadheads greatly reduce the loss rate of wounded birds. For 2012 Magnus is also offering Bullhead Kits ($50), which contain two Bullheads and two Victory VForce arrows.

Primos Double Bull Double-Wide Door Blind

Of course, you'll need a blind to set up. This category has blown up ever since the Double Bull boys took their idea to fruition and changed the way we think of turkey hunting in general. Their company ended up in the hands of Primos Hunting, and the new Primos Double Bull Double-Wide Door Blind ($399) is a great option. This blind allows for easy entry through its oversized, zipper-less door and measures 60" X 60" X 67" tall. A Silent Slide Window Adjustment System, Power Hub Framework, and Cotton/Poly canvas framework culminate in a durable blind that will last for years, and if it doesn't, don't fret -- Primos Double Bull Blinds also feature a lifetime warranty that covers quality and service.

Rage Turkey Broadheads

To up your odds of a quick kill it's important to select a broadhead with as much cutting surface as possible. Fortunately, that choice has never been easier. For starters, Rage Broadheads has entered the fray with their Turkey Broadheads (2-Blade/$45; 3-Blade/$45). Designed specifically to waylay gobblers, the 2-Blade Turkey Broadhead features a 2.25" cutting diameter while the 3-Blade has a 1.75" cut. Blades on both heads lock into place with the new ShockLock blade-retention system until the moment of impact.

Freestyle720

Easily one of the most overlooked aspects of blind hunting from sunrise to sunset is your seat. Fortunately, the folks at S4Gear offer the Freestyle720 ($140). The Freestyle720's tripod design, coupled with its large footprint, allows users to silently move into position to shoot through any port. Combine the Freestyle720 with the Chair Back ($50) and you've got one of the most mobile and comfortable blind chairs on the market. Just make sure to stake the chair down or you might end up with a mouthful of dirt, trust me.

The Temptress

If you're in the market for a hen decoy, check out The Temptress ($24) from HS Strut Decoys by Delta. The Temptress is easily packable due to its flexible polyethylene construction and will fool the wariest of longbeards with its hand-painted detail and taxidermy-quality eyes.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Mountain Caribou Hunt

Mountain Caribou Hunt

Curt Wells can't pass up this opportunity to hunt mountain caribou in the Northwest Territories.

Canyon Ranch Roundup Part 1

Canyon Ranch Roundup Part 1

Bowhunter TV's Derek Mleynek and Equipment Editor Tony J. Peterson head to Texas for a late-season mixed bag hunt that promises plenty of action.

Daybreak Whitetail Bowhunt

Daybreak Whitetail Bowhunt

Bowhunter TV Editor Derek Mleynek has a chance to fill his buck tag on a mixed bag hunt in Texas.

Spot-and-Stalk Texas Hog Bowhunt

Spot-and-Stalk Texas Hog Bowhunt

Bowhunter Equipment Editor Tony J. Peterson spot-and-stalks hogs and whitetails in Texas.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Inspired by “Buzzwinkle,” a lit up moose in Anchorage, this Apple and Cheddar-Ale Moose Burger Recipe is sure to be a delicious party on your taste buds with every bite. Recipes

Apple and Cheddar-Ale Moose Burger Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Inspired by “Buzzwinkle,” a lit up moose in Anchorage, this Apple and Cheddar-Ale Moose Burger...

Take your hang-and-hunt to the next level with a Trophyline Tree Saddle. Treestands & Blinds

Look to Tree Saddle Hunting for Fall Success

Brian K. Strickland

Sponsored By
Trophyline
Mountain hunts are a different game, and you must be prepared. How-To

Conquering Mountains: How to Prepare for a High-Country Hunt

Tom Edgington

Mountain hunts are a different game, and you must be prepared.

New year, new look at your whitetail ground How-To

Summer Scouting from Scratch

Tony J. Peterson

New year, new look at your whitetail ground

See More Trending Articles

More Field Tools

Ozonics has added its newest in-the-field ozone generator — the HR-230 — to its 2018 product Field Tools

Ozonics HR-230 Enters the Hunting Market

Bowhunter Online Staff - February 05, 2018

Ozonics has added its newest in-the-field ozone generator — the HR-230 —  to...

Binoculars and rangefinders at the 2020 ATA Show!

New Optics for 2020

Brian K. Strickland - January 10, 2020

Binoculars and rangefinders at the 2020 ATA Show!

Find the perfect gift for your bowhunting dad this Father's Day! Field Tools

2019 Father's Day Gift Guide

Taylor Pardue - May 31, 2019

Find the perfect gift for your bowhunting dad this Father's Day!

For those of us heading into the elk woods with the hopes of a close encounter with a rutting bull, Field Tools

5 Must-Have Pieces of Gear for Any Elk Hunt

Zach Bowhay - September 23, 2016

For those of us heading into the elk woods with the hopes of a close encounter with a rutting...

See More Field Tools

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Bowhunter subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now