The turkey hunting season is upon us! We’re getting ready for the hunt, are you?
If so, awesome! We’ll see you at our ranch for the best turkey hunting in Texas. If not, it’s time to get your hunting gear in order and your camouflaged attire picked out; there are gobblers waiting to be tagged!
Turkey hunting gear
In order to be successful on your Texas turkey hunt, you have to come equipped with the essentials!
Turkey decoys & calls
You won’t be able to tag a Rio Grande turkey if you can’t attract them.
Luckily, there are several tools you can use while turkey hunting to get the bird to come to you. One of these expert tools is your handy mouth call (or two). Using your turkey calls will bring you that much closer to your target, or should we say, it will bring your target that much closer to you.
Another essential tool is your turkey decoy. These make it easy to grab a tom’s attention, distracting him as you take your aim.
We hope you wouldn’t forget your hunting instrument when going on a turkey hunt in Texas!
At Schmidt Double T Ranches, we suggest using an over-and-under barrel or side-by-side barrel shotgun.
A hunting knife
You never leave home without your trusted pocketknife, so what makes the hunt any different?
Be sure that you pack your knife for your upcoming turkey hunt in Texas. We’re sure it will come in handy!
Don’t forget the basics!
So, you have everything you need to hunt the bird, but what about everything you need to make it through a full day of turkey hunting?
- Remember your water bottle, snacks and an extra pair of socks!
What to wear on a turkey hunt
Wild turkeys are elusive birds with amazing senses. These qualities make them a tricky game to hunt and a hunter’s favorite challenge.
But you won’t find success without the proper apparel.
That’s why it’s essential you blend in, a.k.a. camouflage.
Turkeys have outstanding eyesight, and when they see a hunter, they run. Try and find gear that will match you to your surroundings, but typical military issued gear will work, too.
Comfortable & breathable
The last thing you want on your Texas turkey hunt is to be distracted by your hunting suit. Unbearably hot or regrettably uncomfortable, heavy and constricting fabric can weigh you down and slow down your hunt.
- Be sure to invest in flexible, breathable attire because your clothing can be the difference between scoring your big-ticket bird or going home empty-handed.
First, cover all your bases, starting with the face!
It’s been said that a wild turkey can see a hunter blink, so consider getting a camouflage mask to disguise any movements in your face.
The key to a quality mask is being able to breathe, of course! Be sure to snag one that is flexible in fit and designed to wick away sweat.
Bare hands are a hunter’s biggest downfall. And we know that some hunters may be opposed to having any extra bulk on their trigger finger, gloves are essential!
Hide your movements more successfully with an insulated pair during the early turkey hunting season, and a thinner, more functional pair towards the end of the season.
When it comes to picking out turkey hunting apparel, specifically shirts, jackets, and pants, you need to account for the weather.
Since a true Texas turkey hunt is an all-day adventure, we recommend layering up!
This will help you stay warm in the early hours of the morning and keep cool as the hunt continues.
All clothing should be lightweight and preferably waterproof; who wants a little drizzle ruining their turkey hunt?
- On our Texas turkey hunts, we require every hunter to wear an orange cap or vest for good safety measures.
Since they’ll be taking on various terrains and unpredictable elements, your feet will need some serious protection.
Find boots that have the support that you need and are comfortable to wear on an all-day hunt. Spring turkey hunting could bring early morning dew and light showers, so keep insulation in mind when choosing the boots that are right for you.
Make sure that your hunting attire is quiet
Remember those keen senses we mentioned earlier? Excellent vision and active listening ensure that a wild turkey is always aware of their surroundings and will go into “fight or flight” mode as soon as a predator reveals themselves.
And though many hunters focus mainly on covering their scent and hiding their skin, not many remember to address the sound of their subtle, but noisy movements.
What better way to go undetected than with clothing that’s almost soundproof? Make sure your fabric isn’t prone to “swishing” and that your clothing doesn’t have to many zippers that you need to address while out!
And with all of your turkey hunting gear and apparel, the tricky game to hunt will be tricked themselves!
When you’re ready to get a taste of true Texas turkey hunting, book your hunt with Schmidt Double T Ranches.