SHOT Show 2018: New Turkey Hunting Gear

SHOT Show 2018: New Turkey Hunting Gear
The Avian-X Trophy Tom is a realistic and cost effective decoy to lure in gobblers. (Photo courtesy of

Here are a few new turkey hunting items from SHOT Show 2018 that caught the attention of OSG writer Lynn Burkhead

Here are some of the calls, decoys, clothing, accessories, and shotshell loads that have been discovered at the 40th anniversary SHOT Show:

Avian-X Trophy Tom

A number of years ago, some savvy spring turkey hunters utilized taxidermist stuffed birds to gain an extra edge in realism to aid in the process of luring a trophy gobbler into shotgun range.

Today, the same effect can be had with the current generation of collapsible turkey decoys like the brand new Avian-X Trophy Tom.

This new ultra-realistic 2-D Avian-X decoy is far more cost effective than a taxidermy specimen, not to mention far more durable. With a collapsible stake and a carry handle, the intricate details molded into a superb paint scheme allow the Trophy Tom’s one-piece design to do double duty in displaying a dried tail-fan and beard at home as well as working a lovesick longbeard into scattergun range on a spring day. And all in a package that isn’t much larger than a a large framed art print.

Able to beautifully display a trophy gobbler’s fan and beard on the wall at a fraction of the cost and space necessary for a regular mount, the Trophy Tom from Avian-X will work in any home or office setting.

When taken into the spring woods to be used as either a strutting 2-D decoy or the key to stalking and “fanning” a gobbler into range (on hunting ground where it is safe to do so), the versatile new offering from Fred Zink’s decoy shop is a practical piece of hunting gear that solves multiple problems at a very reasonable cost.

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