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Fall Turkey Hunting Tips To Ensure A Safe And Enjoyable Season

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

Autumn is a wonderful time. The leaves change colors, the air becomes crisp, and hunters head into the woods to participate in an American tradition.

While hunting provides one of the safest ways to enjoy the outdoors, and turkey hunting is one of the safest forms of hunting, it only takes a second for a delightful trip to turn into tragedy if the proper safety rules are not followed.

The National Wild Turkey Federation recommends following the rules listed below to ensure that your fall turkey hunting memories are pleasurable ones.

Keep yourself safe in the woods by following the rules listed below.

  • Visit a doctor to ensure you can handle the physical requirements of turkey hunting.
  • Carry a map of the area and a compass.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Take a first aid course.
  • Carry water and a small survival pack that includes a first aid kit and food.
  • Set up with a large stump, tree or rock behind you that is
  • wider than your shoulders and higher than your head.
  • Never wear bright colors, especially red, white or blue. Modern day camouflage improves your chances of
  • success and keeps you from being mistaken for a turkey.
  • Set up in open timber rather than thick brush. Eliminating movement is more critical than hiding in heavy cover.
  • Stay alert. Small animals and birds can alert you to the presence of other hunters moving into your area.
  • Never wave, move or make turkey sounds to gain the attention of other hunters.
  • Remain still and call out in a loud, clear voice to alert them to your presence.
  • Before moving locations, check carefully to ensure no other hunters are in your area. If you see another hunter follow the above rule to get his/her attention.

Turkey hunting is one of the safest sports in the world. In fact, more people are hurt playing football, baseball and basketball each year than hunting. Using a little common sense keeps you and other hunters enjoying this great sport for life.

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