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Turkey Hunter’s Checklist

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 1999 in Turkey Hunting

Now is the time to go through your gear and make sure you have all your camo and equipment ready to go. The following turkey hunter’s checklist will help you get prepared.

“One of the quickest ways to go from a great turkey hunt to a really bad one is to suddenly realize you forgot something,” said NWTF CEO Rob Keck. “Having the right call at the right time can make a huge difference, not to mention, being stuck in a thunderstorm without your raingear. That’s why a checklist can come in quite handy.”

The NWTF has compiled a comprehensive checklist for any turkey hunter, whether you are a beginner or an expert, or if you are headed out of state or to your own land. The NWTF’s online Turkey Shoppe offers many of the items listed below. Check it out at http://turkey shoppe.nwtf.org and always remember to hunt safely.


  • Shotgun
  • Turkey loads
  • Turkey choke tube
  • Patterning targets
  • Camo blind — where legal
  • Seat, cushioned stool
  • Shotgun sling
  • Turkey decoys — where legal
  • Compass
  • Maps
  • Knife
  • Ratchet cutters
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Trail ribbon
  • Binoculars
  • Camo tape
  • Cooler
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit


  • Camo gloves
  • Camo facenet
  • Camo paint
  • Camo make-up
  • Camo shirt
  • Camo pants
  • Camo jacket
  • Camo turkey vest or pack
  • Camo cap
  • Camo socks
  • Camo undershirts
  • Waterproof/snakeproof boots
  • Rain suit


  • Box call
  • Diaphragm calls
  • Slate or glass pot & peg call
  • Glass call
  • Gobble call
  • Tube call
  • Push-pin call
  • Turpin/wingbone call
  • Crow/locator call
  • Owl hooter call
  • Other locator calls

Call Accessories:

  • Box call chalk
  • Sandpaper
  • Call lanyard
  • Box call holster
  • Archery gear:
  • Bow (camouflaged)
  • Broadheads
  • 3-D Camo clothes
  • 3-D targets

To Do:

  • Pattern shotgun
  • Scout territory
  • Get landowner permission
  • Pick landowner gift
  • Practice calling
  • Watch instructional videos, read books
  • Renew NWTF membership
  • Read Turkey Call for hunting tips
  • Attend Chapter banquets/events

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