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Ten turkey hunting tips as the season begins
In Apr. 3-9 issue
Source: Ky. Dept. Fish & Wildlife Resources


1. Don't stalk a turkey. The chances of getting close enough for a shot are slim, but the chances of becoming involved in an accident are even greater.

2. Eliminate the colors red, white and blue from your turkey hunting outfit. Red is the color most hunters count on to differentiate a gobbler's head from the hen's blue-colored head. White can look like the snowball-colored top of a gobbler's head. Leave those white tee-shirts and socks at home. Not only will these colors put you in danger, but they can be seen by turkeys as well.

3. Don't move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter of your presence. A quick movement may draw fire. Yell in a loud voice and remain hidden.

4. Do not attempt to approach closer than 100 yards to a roosting turkey. The wild turkey's eyesight and hearing are much too sharp to let you get much closer.

5. Be particularly careful when using the gobbler call. The sound and motion may attract other hunters.

6. When selecting your calling position, don't try to hide so well that you cannot see what's happening. Remember, eliminating motion is your key to success, not total concealment.

7. Select a calling position that provides a background as wide as your shoulders, and one that will completely protect you from the top of your head down. Small trees won't hide slight movements of your hands or shoulders which might look like a turkey to another hunter who might be stalking your calls. Position yourself so you can see 180 degrees in front of you.

8. Camouflage conceals you. It does not make you invisible. When turkey hunting, think and act defensively. Avoid all unnecessary movement. Remember, you are visible to both turkeys and hunters when you move even slightly. Sitting perfectly still will help you more than all the camouflage you can wear.

9. Never shoot at a sound or movement. Be 100 percent certain of your target before you pull the trigger.

10. When turkey hunting, assume that every sound you hear is made by another hunter. Once you pull the trigger, you can never call that shot back.
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