What's in Your Turkey Vest? 10 Items You Should Pack

What's in Your Turkey Vest? 10 Items You Should Pack
Dan Moultrie (File photo)

If you're wondering what turkey gear to pack in your hunting vest this spring, give a listen to expert Dan Moultrie, who shares with Game & Fish what he makes sure is in his vest before a hunt.

Dan Moultrie (File photo)

If hunting has a Mr. Alabama, it's probably Dan Moultrie. Perhaps best known as the guy who made automatic feeders and trail cams available to the masses, Moultrie is a tireless advocate for hunting and sound game-management laws.

The chairman of the state game advisory board and founder of Moultrie Feeders is just as passionate about his turkey hunting. A peek into his turkey vest reveals his ties to the South's rich turkey-hunting tradititions, personal items both practical and clever, and modern conveniences you can't blame him for carrying.

turkey gear


A classic crow call made by P.S. Olt and the latest competition K&H owl call made by champion Mark Prudhomme sit side-by-side in Dan Moultrie's Mossy Oak vest.

→ Someone's winning $500. Might as well be you. Vote in Game & Fish Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards.

turkey gear


"God First, Family Second and Nature Third" box call. These hand-made calls were featured at the NWTF convention. This one is signed by Harold Knight and David Hale.

turkey gear


On a hunt with the magazine recently, Moultrie tuned up his calls constantly as he called in a fine mature Eastern gobbler.

turkey gear


The Ol' Yeller pot call was the original one David and Harold brought to market in the early 1970s. The Moonshiner is one of the latest glass calls out on the market.

turkey gear


Similarly, Dan has three strikers in his vest. Two are classic wooden pens while there is the latest technology as well: the Echo Tech striker, released in 2016.

turkey gear


Nowadays, Dan enjoys guiding people to turkeys and calling the birds in as much as shooting them himself. But he always carries one extra 12-gauge 3 1/2-inch shell for his shooter, just in case.

turkey gear


Another classic, the effective cap and cover sports one of the original Moultrie Feeder logos.

turkey gear


Keeping with the old-and-new theme, if you're not familiar with this new device, you've been under a rock. ThermaCELL's bug repellent keeps flying insects away by emitting a cloud of permethrin.

turkey gear


Eastern turkeys are regarded as some of the toughest birds to call in. Moultrie carries a real fan in his vest to pop out when the toms need firing up.

turkey gear


He carries a classic Schrade Old Timer Pro in a leather sheath. He choses a drop-point blade, one of the most versatile blade types there are.

turkey gear

Recommended for You


How to Fish Bottom Bouncers for Walleye

Mark Sak - May 23, 2019

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for...


New TRUGLO Bowfishing EZ•Rest

May 23, 2019

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability.

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Minn Kota's Brad Henry shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead that there's much to like in the new Minn Kota Riptide Terrova saltwater trolling motor that comes with I-Pilot and an 87-inch shaft.

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Pro angler Jonathan VanDam showcases new offerings at ICAST 2019, including the ultra-thin, big bait boxes, LED-lighted boxes and backpack-able gear lockers. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

As OSG's Lynn Burkhead looks on, Josh Neville shows off the cordless and corded versions of a new electric filet knife from Bubba Blades.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

Anietra Hamper - April 02, 2015

We all have our "swear by" bait for catfish. For me, it is chicken liver, live shad or my...


Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.


Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

See More Stories

More Turkey


Georgia Turkey Hunting Outlook 2019

Eric Chaney

Things have been tough on Peach State turkey hunters, but 2019 may be a turnaround.


Tennessee Turkey Hunting Outlook 2019

Richard Hines

Numbers are down in some parts, but a wealth of public land still holds gobblers for you this...


West Virginia Turkey Hunting Outlook 2019

Bruce Ingram

Last year hunters had the best season in 15 years. Find out what's in store for this year.

See More Turkey

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.