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Secrets of a Good Setup

While calling is important, the most important factor in turkey hunting is setting up in the right place at the right time and sitting still. Patience and a comfy, camouflauged cushion to sit on will increase your odds of success.

Select a calling location in a fairly open area because turkeys are hesitant to walk into thick brush. Before you call, sit down with your back against a tree, rock or stump that is wider than your shoulders and taller than your head. This will help break up your outline and protect you from unseen hunters who may approach your calling from behind.

Change of Scenery

There will be times when you set up and work a bird, but it just won't come into range. Sometimes it pays to be patient and wait since birds may approach your set up slowly and silently. However, there are times when you'll have more success moving and either work a bird from a new location or find another, more cooperative gobbler. If you decide to move, make sure you keep the following guidelines in mind.

  • Make sure your decoy is not visible. Stash it in your vest and make sure the head is not sticking out.

  • Use proper methods of carrying a firearm in the field: cradle carry, trail carry, shoulder carry, sling carry, etc.

  • If you use a sling, don't accidentally point your shotgun in an unsafe direction when bending over.

  • Firearms should be unloaded and actions open when traveling across steep, slippery or rough terrain.

  • Use approved safety techniques for crossing fences. When you're alone, unload the firearm and place it under the fence with the muzzle pointing away. When two or more hunters are together, unload the firearm and keep the action open. Have one hunter hold the firearm while the other one crosses.

  • Do not lean firearms up against trees, fence posts, vehicles, etc.




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