One of the great things about a new spring turkey hunting season is all the new products designed to help you bag that monster long beard. From calls to decoysâand most everything in betweenâa number of new products hit the market just in time to make a big and positive impact on your 2013 spring turkey hunts.
Of course, itâs turkey âhunting,â not turkey âshooting.â Ole Tom takes some work, and any new piece of gear is only as good as the time you spend learning how to use itâ and perfecting that use afield. You can practice with your new call for hours on your back deck, for example, and thatâs a great way to build familiarity. But out in the woods and fields is where your real gear education starts.
That’s what turkey hunting is all aboutâbeing in the great outdoors and seeing if you can coax, cajole or generally fool that big tom within range. If youâre a dedicated turkey hunter, anything that makes this possibleâlike a new call or decoyâcan be well worth the price of admission. Here’s our list of new and innovative turkey hunting gear for 2013:
The boots feature Snake Guard uppers and Snake Guard Extreme gussets to deliver 100-percent snake-bite protection. Turkey-hunting features include a mesh collar pocket made for mouth calls and a leather side pocket to keeps your slate-call striker handy. The boots also feature memory foam padding in the ankles and padded collars. The boots are 100-percent waterproof and are made with breathable Gore-Tex and moisture-wicking linings. Leather cinch straps secure boot tops. Aggressive outsoles provide great traction.
The Boa lacing system secures by unique ratcheting dials at the top and back of the bootâs uppers. Simply push in and turn the dials to tighten the aircraft-grade, stainless steel laces. Pull out the dials and the system instantly releases its grip.
Price $ 230
What this means is a big tom sees Mr. Funky and canât believe this pipsqueak is standing there all erect and fearless. So the dominant tom has no choice but to charge the little guy and show him whoâs boss. At which point, you drop the hammer on Big Tom!
Place the Funky Chicken on the edge of an agricultural field, meadow or wide trailâany place he can be seen for several hundred yardsâlay down some calls and see if the sight of this diminutive decoy doesnât bring the dominate males running. Itâs also smaller and easier to carry than full-sized decoys, which is a big advantage.
Price: $ 30
Hunterâs Specialties new Strut Lounger is a lightweight, portable folding seat that allows hunters to relax in comfort while waiting for a turkey or other game to come into view. The Strut Lounger is 20 inches wide by 17 inches deep, with a 23-inch tall backrest. It weighs only 6 Âœ pounds and sets up quickly.
Price: $ 40
Price: $ 20
Remote controlled up to 150 feet away, Shake-n-Jake raises its tail and fans while simultaneously turning its body, just like a real gobbler. It operates on 4 AA batteries and mounts on a two-foot steel-mounting stake, which stores inside the decoy. It comes with blaze orange safety carry bag with straps.
Price: $ 150
Price: $ 13
In addition to the stainless steel shears and a limb saw, the Multi-Cutter also features a claw point knife, a drop point knife, a tree step starter, plus a universal choke tube wrench and a pin punch for maintaining your shotgun in the field. The ballistic nylon sheath attaches to a belt, or you can easily tuck the Multi-Cutter into your pocket or turkey hunting vest. Rubber handles provide a secure grip.
Price: $ 40