The right clothing, in most cases is the right way to be safe while hunting turkey, whether its spring gobbler or fall , and it also has a great deal to do with being successful in your turkey hunt as well.
While you’re sitting still, of course your camo is going to make sure that you’re blending into whats around you and that the turkey isn’t going to see you, preventing your hunt from being successful adn you from taking home that big prize…but remember too that the only thing viewing you in the wild isn’t a turkey, but multiple other hunters out there looking to take home that same gobbler.
Bear in mind the colors of a turkey and think accordingly. Act responsibly, and NEVER shoot at a sound or assume that you see a flash of white or a flash or red, that you’ve seen the real deal and shoot at it.
Make SURE of your target prior to pulling that trigger.
While the responsibility for the shot is the hunters, and most fatal accidental shootings are the result of someone who is probably doing something they shouldn’t, like shooting at a flash of color, taking steps to prevent yourself from being someone elses mistake is also important.
Think safety first and make sure that even in the excitement of the hunt, its never far from your mind.
A few ways to assure you’re not the target are these:
**The gobbler is readily seen by the whiter than white, the blue and red that you see on its head. Because of that, don’t wear those colors at any time when in the woods for gobbler hunting. A bandana or a cookie wrapper in bold blue could be viewed as part of that turkeys head. White tee shirt and socks.. another no no.. just a flash of white for some people is enough to get that adrenalin flowing and sometimes, they will shoot when they should have verified.
**Find a tree not too far away from your position and tie it around with a strip of blaze orange tape. Its far enough away to keep the turkey from associating it with you, but it will alert other hunters in the area to the fact that you’re there.
**Make sure that your calling position isn’t hiding you so well that you’re not able to see whats happening around you, and choose a position that permits your entire body to be covered, such as a wider tree. A slender tree will permit the slight movements of your body to be seen which could be misinterpreted by other hunters in your area.
**If you see another hunter with gun drawn in your area, remain hidden and stay that way, don’t wave, or gobble for heavens sakes. If his or her gun is at their shoulder, stay hidden, and shout loudly. DO NOT come out of hiding until they verbally respond. Chances are they think you’re a turkey, and standing up to wave may be the impetus to shoot.
**When you carry your bird out of the woods, cover it in blaze orange. Several instances of injury have happened because another hunter wasn’t paying attention and saw the turkey and not the person holding it.
Play it Safe this Turkey Season and bring home the turkey.. and you, all in one piece…
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