Preparations for wild turkey hunting are in full swing. If you have painful memories of unsuccessful attempts to attract birds to your shooting area, read on. We have compiled some tips that may help you.

1. The decoy

A well located lure will add an element of realism to your setting up. It will also tell you if a turkey is within a distance that will allow you to kill it in a humane way — as quickly as possible. Place the lure within 25 meters of your hiding place and consider your skill and the equipment you use.

Lures must be clearly visible to approaching birds. Place them on open ground such as an agricultural field or power line corridor. They will attract the attention of more fearful birds.

Never transport or move an uncovered lure.

2. Camouflage

Hide well. Wild turkeys have an exceptional view. Feel free to wear camouflage clothing including helmet, mask and gloves. The less you expose your skin, the more likely you are to attract a bird.

Remember that the color of the terrain can vary between early and late spring. The brown and gray ones will be more and more scattered with green with the arrival of the leaves.

3. Safety and security

Don’t wear red, white or blue – these are the colors of turkey feathers in spring. Be particularly careful when you are dressed in camouflage. It is recommended to wear an orange hat or gloves when traveling and to remove them when you are ready to hunt. You can imagine that most hunting accidents are due to the fact that a hunter has been mistaken for a prey.

Use a bird call only to locate a target and not to attract it. We could think you’re a turkey!

4. Patience and patience

The turkeys have no problem keeping you waiting. When they are out in the open, their only concern is their own survival. Be patient but also be prepared to react quickly when the time is right. Ian McCleary, co-host of The Real Outdoor Experience, says he had to wait three seasons before shooting his first turkey.

Don’t keep chasing the gurgles of the males. You would continually move from one turkey to another as your movements will certainly cause the birds to keep quiet. Make yourself comfortable and don’t lose confidence if results are slow to come in.

5. Get a hunting map

In addition to allowing you to plan your trip, a GPS topographic hunting map will show you trails and forest roads, hunting areas, ZECs, wildlife reserves, and national and provincial parks. You can hunt turkeys instead of cell towers because all the data is integrated. We also offer you hunting atlases (province of Quebec only for the moment) and custom maps (province of Quebec only for the moment). The printed products are available on synthetic, waterproof and tear-resistant paper.

Hunting wild turkeys is not an easy task. This prey (one of the most difficult) requires good preparation as well as patience and perseverance. With the right techniques and a few adjustments, you will ensure your success!

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