Turkey Hunting Get Up

Admittedly, I haven’t done a ton of turkey hunting.  I have a few lined up this season, and am really excited to get out and try and get a Tom.

When thinking about turkey gear, it’s really about comfort and cover.  From a comfort perspective, you are going to be sitting still for quite some time, so you have to be conscious of the elements.  From a cover perspective, I’ve heard everything from ‘wear the same pattern, because they can see you breathe’, to ‘it doesn’t matter what you wear, it’s all about being still’.  Without getting all religious on camo, I do think there should be some sort of coordination, while at the same time not going overboard.  I’ve got a rundown below that isn’t supposed to be an outfit, but pieces that are good options for a successful turkey hunt.  Just remember to be still, and rest your gun on your knee…

Here we go:

From top left:

1. Duck Camp Early Season Woodland Midweight Camo Shirt:  What I like the most about the Duck Camp shirts is the camo pattern.  Whoever does their designs deserves a raise.  The second best thing is that they are very climate friendly.  I’ve been on an 80 degree turkey hunt.  This shirt would’ve come in VERY handy.
2. Beretta A300 Outlander 12ga Shotgun:  It’s what I use for both duck and turkey, and I love it.  I call it my ‘Boat Oar’ gun, in that it would make a fine boat oar as well.  Highly recommend.
3. White Wing Waxed Canvas Field Shotgun Case by Mission Mercantile:  I’ve come around to the fact that nice gun cases are a must-have for my guns.  The White Wing options are the best I’ve found.  I love the Bottomland camo, but they also offer it in a tan that is great for wing shooting.
4. Banded Camo Hat:  More than anything, any camo hat works here.  I prefer a trucker hat and pull my buff (#6 below) over the back half.
5. Mossy Oak Tech Hunt Gloves:  I like these because of the price.  For some reason, I never lose my leather shooting gloves, but my cheap camo gloves NEVER seem to make it home.
6. Duck Camp Early Season Woodlands Buff:  Coordinate with #1.
7. White Wing Legacy Waxed Canvas Guide Bag by Mission Mercantile:  Of course you need to be still, but you also need somewhere to keep your stuff while you are sitting at the base of the tree.  The camo guide bag is a perfect size, easy to carry, and has a ton of pockets for everything you need while looking for gobblers.
8. Ball & Buck X Buck 110 Knife:  I shouldn’t have to tell you why you need a good knife in the woods.
9. Primos Hunting Gobbler Vent Vest:  I am a big fan of this Primos vest – pockets in all the right places, a stadium cushion, and a great camo pattern – all for under a hundred bucks.
10. Russell Moccasin Turkey Hunter Boots:  There is a lot of walking when turkey hunting, so boots are important.  Russell Moccasin makes the best, and can customize with the camo of your choice.
11. Edgevale 5-pocket Cast Iron Pants:  Sure you can go with camo pants, or you can go with a solid natural color that should blend in, and provide some protection from the elements.  Edgevale does it right.
12. Primos Gobbler Jake & Hen Decoy Combo:  Some of my favorite YouTube turkey videos are the ones where a Tom go richter on a decoy.  Hilarious.
13. Mission Mercantile Heritage Leather Rifle Sling:  Gotta carry that gun on those long walks…do so in style.
14. Primos Turkey Call Combo:  Disclosure: I know nothing about mouth calls or pot calls.  Feel free to recommend anyone in the comments section below.

What do you use for turkey hunting?

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  1. Nem
    03/18/2019 / 9:52 AM

    All you really need is pants, shirt and hat in similar camo pattern, appropriate boots (snake or other), and your shotgun.  Leave the vest and bag and gun sleeve at the truck.  If you’re doing the calling, bring whatever means necessary, but keep the gear to a minimum.  It gets hot here in SOWEGA during turkey season so be prepared to sweat.

  2. Fritz
    03/18/2019 / 11:46 AM

    Definitely recommend snake boots…so many danger noodles start moving around turkey season.  Huge percentage of strikes occur below the knee

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