Turkey Hunting Articles --
Hunting Safety Tips
These 20 Turkey Hunting Safety
Tips were taken from the National Wild Turkey
Federation's "Defensive Hunting" pamphlet and
the National Rifle Association's "Turkey Hunting
- Never stalk a turkey. The chances
of getting close enough for a shot are slim, but
the chances of becoming involved in an accident
- 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.
- Never move, wave, or make turkey
sounds to alert another hunter to your presence.
A quick movement may draw fire. Yell in a loud voice
and remain hidden.
- Never 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 any closer.
- Be particularly careful when using
a gobbler call. The sound and motion may attract
- When selecting your calling position,
don't try to hide so well that you cannot see what
is happening around you. Remember, eliminating movement
is your key to success, not total concealment.
- 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 will not hide
slight movements of your hands or shoulders which
might look like a turkey to another hunter who could
be unwisely stalking your calls. Position yourself
so you can see 180 degrees in front of you.
- 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 take more turkeys than all the camo
you can wear.
- Never shoot at a sound or movement.
Be 100 percent certain of your target before you
pull the trigger. Don't ever shoot at a "piece"
of a turkey. You must see the whole bird to determine
whether it is safe or legal to shoot. A good rule
of thumb is to not shoot until you can clearly see
the gobbler's eye. That way, the bird will be in
range and you will be sure it is a turkey.
- When turkey hunting, assume that
every sound you hear is made by another hunter.
Once you pull the trigger, you can never take that
- Hunting should not be treated as
a competitive sport. Peer pressure to bag a bird
leads to poor judgment.
- Discuss hunting safety techniques
with your hunting companions. Many accidents are
caused by people in the same hunting party. When
hunting with companions, be sure of everyone's location.
- Never assume that you are alone
in the woods - even if you are the only one on the
land with permission to hunt.
- Never assume that other hunters
are acting responsibly.
- Always keep your gun pointed in
a safe direction.
- Use a flashlight when walking in
- Make sure your headnet does not
obscure your vision.
- Be aware of what is beyond your
target before you shoot.
- Keep your gun unloaded until you
are set up in the field. Keep your finger off the
trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Respect property rights and secure
permission before hunting.