Who’s got time for the winter blahs? We don’t, that’s for sure, and neither should you.
Instead of watching the latest storm track and overly nervous meteorologist, you should be focusing on the start of the 2023 season… And that means spring turkey hunting!
Wait a minute, whazzat you say? You don’t turkey hunt? What do you do between March and May? Just… not hunt? Is that even a thing?
OK, it’s time to change your life and get turned on to the thrill of the gobbler. It’s a chess game of decoys, calls and camo. These wily and wary birds wouldn’t smell you if you walked through a sewer pond, but even the slightest bit of motion or human-like shape and they are gone so fast, you’d swear with God as your witness, that turkeys could fly. And thanks to the versatility of the Approach camo pattern, you’ve already got a good start on turkey hunting gear.
To get you prepared to hunt turkey, here’s our loadout list for everything you need to make your first foray (or your 40th) into the woods a successful hunt.
Yeah, we know. Thanks, Capt. Obvious for recommending the Turkey Vest for a turkey hunt. But it really is the best vest for turkey hunting on the market.
The Badlands Turkey Vest is your home away from home in the woods. You’ve got storage for all the calls, be they box, slate, pot or mouth, you could ever want. There are pockets for your bird, pockets for your collapsible decoys. Even ones to rally ‘round the family, with a pocket full of shells.
And your bottom will be grateful for the fold-down padded seat. Trust us, a happy butt can make all the difference between a turkey hunt and a day-long torture session.
Spring days are kinda like teenagers. All over the place mood-wise. The mornings can be cool, bordering on cold, but by the afternoon it can be almost balmy. You need a top that can accommodate those swings while also providing near invisibility. The Stealth CoolTouch Hoodie comes in either Approach or Approach FX and features a built-in face wrap.
If you’re hunting from a blind, you may consider the all-black Merino version. This blacked-out approach to camo will make you practically invisible against the all-black interior of most blinds.
It’s either the best base layer for turkey or the best outer layer for warm weather. It really depends on the weather.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S ALGUS
Why did we name our line of warm-weather gear after the Latin term for “coldness?” One, we thought it sounded cool (dad joke). And two, we found “keeps you from drowning in sweat when the weather turns nice” took up too much space on the tag.
Warm-weather turkey hunting is more the norm than the exception, so those bulked up whitetail bibs or those insulated pants aren’t really the most comfortable option. But our wide-ranging line of Algus clothing for men and women are the perfect options for hunting turkey when the sun comes out and the chill disappears.
With our CoolTouch™ technology, your own perspiration acts as an A/C unit keeping you nice and comfortable. Then the antimicrobial Silvadur™ kicks in to keep everything fresh and odor-free. It’s like magic, except backed by a ton of science.
ION X PANTS
Much of turkey hunting sounds simple. You just sit up under a nice shade tree and wait. But if you’re sitting there in uncomfortable pants, it’s anything but simple. So we completely revisited the best-selling Ion Pant and made it even better. How can you tell? Hello, it has an X in the name.
The new 4-way stretch fabric adds flexibility and comfort to our legendary water-resistant, reinforced seams and bevy of large, well-placed pockets. Is the Ion X the perfect turkey hunting pant? We don’t really like to deal in superlatives, but this is absolutely the greatest thing to happen to pants since they were invented.
Add in a spiffy Algus Beanie, a set of Flex Gloves and a True Form Spur Gauge and you have a complete gear list for a turkey hunt. We’ll leave the choice of shotgun or bow up to you, but you should be set otherwise.
Now turn that winter frown upside down and start getting your gear together for that first (or 40th) trek into Tom Turkey’s backyard. With this turkey hunting list in hand, the only dressing you have left to worry about is the one you’ll serve as a side dish.