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Many hunters across America are gearing up for spring turkey season. No matter if you are hunting Rios, Easterns, Osceola, or Merriams, I have compiled a list of tips I use that could help you bag a big tom as season begins.

CAMO

As many of you know, turkeys have very keen eyesight, so camo is a must. And yes, you should be picky.

  • First off, you should choose a pattern that is fitting for the area(s) you are going to be hunting
  • Wear lots of it; ideally you should be in head-to-toe camo
  • Wear a facemask or be sure to use face paint
  • Maintain your apparel
    • For best results, turn your clothing inside out, hand wash in cold water, and allow them to air dry
    • If you choose not to hand wash your clothing, be sure to set your washer on a delicate cycle using cold water; if you must use the dryer, only keep garments in there as needed

DECOYS

Decoys are a great tool to help bring in those wise old gobblers. Now just about every sporting goods store carries decoys and have a selection for every price range.

  • I always use one or two hen decoys and a tom and/or jake. However, you can add more or take away; just from personal experience that is what I prefer (I have seen several people use just a hen, and that will work if you know how to use your calls and properly communicate with him)
  • When you set up, put the decoys in a clear/semi clear area (the clearer the better, and the easier it will make your shot)
  • Set the decoys at approximately a 45 degree angle in the opposite direction from where you think the turkeys are going to come from, this is the ideal set up for a perfect shot
  • While decoys are out in the open with plenty of light, you need to set up in a shady area

CALLS

In my opinion, turkey calls are the second most important tool, next to your camo.  Being able to properly communicate with that gobbler is a big key to a lot of turkey hunting success.

  • It is better to take too many calls then not enough, and some turkeys prefer different sounds over others. That one call you were not sure if you should bring could be the one that brings the big one in
  • Practice, practice, practice. Learn about your calls and how to properly use them, and get familiar with them all
  • Take a crow call or coyote howler, these both work as great locating tools
  • Do your homework, learn what different sounds mean, and remember proper communication is key

Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro, I hope these tips help you out this season. There are some other tips specific to various locations, but these tips are the most versatile and I hope they help you bring in a big mature gobbler no matter where you are hunting.

Amanda Bronder
About the Author

I co-own Southern Grit Hog Dogs down in South Texas. We offer hog removal, dog training, and guided hunts. Hunting hogs with dogs is my passion but I also hunt other Texas game with both rifle and bow.