Safety Tips for Fall Turkey Hunters
With the air cool and crisp and the color of leaves hanging to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows, autumn is a great time to be outdoors. But just like spring, safety is always a top priority when hunting.
The fall season demands a few special precautions. Don't let the fact that hens and gobblers are typically both legal for harvest in the fall cloud your judgment when it comes time to pull the trigger. Always be sure of your target and make sure it is a wild turkey and not a fellow hunter or other animal.
Scattering the birds by running toward them and yelling is a common fall tactic, but never run with a loaded gun. If you want to bust a flock by firing your gun, sneak as close as possible and shoot into the air.
Just like in spring, never wear the colors red, white or blue where they can be seen. Use total camouflage and sit against a large tree or rock wide enough and tall enough to shield you from hunters approaching from behind.
If another hunter approaches your setup, call out in a loud, clear voice. Make sure your presence is acknowledged before you move. Never wave to alert another hunter of your presence.
Remember that in many states, both deer and fall turkey seasons may be open at the same time. In many states, hunter orange must be worn when deer hunting and some states also require it for fall turkey hunters.
Whether required or not, wearing hunter orange when fall turkey hunting is a good idea when moving through the woods from one location to another. At first glance, hunter orange may be confused with the red color of a gobbler's head, so as always, be sure to identify your target.