The R&D departments at innovative companies have come up with some new tools to help us get our turkey tags filled this spring. From calls to ghillie suits to tiny range finders, we are losing excuses for missing or not getting near the 40-yard mark of these birds. Kidding aside, here is a flock of new turkey hunting gear you will want to consider putting in your vest or strapping to your back this season. As always, be sure of your target and practice safe turkey gun handling. —John Geiger, Game & Fish Gear Editor
We checked out all the hottest new turkey gear at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show 2014. Here’s what our team found:
$69.99 at gander-mountain.com
Custom Setup That Covers Body, Gun
Getting into some ghillie suits feels more like pulling a garbage bag over your head than wearing something that is comfortable and effective. But Red Rock Outdoor doesn’t take a one-size-fits all approach to ghillie suits. Their new 5 Piece Ghillie Suit jacket and pants have snap closures and elastic waist bands so you can layer clothing and choose your own fit. The pants also include snaps on the outer seams to cover boots easily. The hood is adjustable with a drawstring chinstrap. There’s also a gun wrap that has elastic and a drawstring so your gun is an extension of your ghillie suit. Way stealth. Throw it all in the stuff sack. M/L and XL/XXL.
Photo by Ron Sinfelt
Game & Fish was one of the first to use Winchester’s new Long Beard XR turkey load. Be sure to read our inside report!
If you’re gearing up for turkey season like we are, but sure to check out our G&F Guide to Turkey Hunting coming soon, this article on turkey crossbow hunting, and wild turkey recipes that will covert a vegetarian. Post your best turkey photos on Facebook and “like” us while you’re there!