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Turkey Hunting Gear Essentials

Check out our ultimate guide to turkey hunting gear

When it comes to gear, turkey hunting can be as minimal or maximal as you choose. Many of the early, fabled turkey hunters needed little more than basic camo, a call or two, and a shotgun. Today, a lot of turkey hunters don habitat-specific camo, shoulder turkey-specific shotguns, and set ultra-realistic decoys. Depending on who you ask, what constitutes a necessary piece of turkey hunting gear will vary wildly. Ultimately, the gear you need depends on your hunting strategy. If you prefer waiting a tom out, you might not mind lugging a ton of equipment into the woods. But if you plan to run and gun, packing light is the way to go.

Regardless of your approach, I’ve compiled a list of turkey hunting gear (some necessary, some luxury) that can make your time in the woods more efficient, enjoyable, and, hopefully, more successful. I’ll cover everything you’ll need or want this turkey season, including:

  • Shotgun
  • Turkey Ammo
  • Turkey Choke
  • Camo
  • Turkey Calls
  • Decoys
  • Turkey Vest
  • Red Dot Sight
  • Insect repellant
  • Ground Blind
  • Turkey Hunting Boots
  • Miscellaneous Gear

Continue reading the full list of Turkey Hunting Gear Essentials, written by Adam Moore here.

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January 9, 2023

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Adam Moore

Outdoor Life

Adam Moore is an associate gear editor at Outdoor Life. He grew up hunting all the wild game Mississippi has to offer. He now lives in the ever-humid Hattiesburg, Mississippi with his chef-of-a-wife and daughter.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Interests include hunting turkeys, whitetail deer, and small game.
  • Finds joy in riding through rural towns where the principal supporting businesses are hunting camps
  • Moore has taught several writing classes focused on nature and conservation writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Published poet whose creative work explores hunting and conservation themes

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