If you are a beginning or intermediate turkey hunter, you might have found out that it’s more difficult than it seems. The turkey out in the wild, even with it’s name, is a difficult bird for someone to stalk and hunt. The turkey has an unexpected intelligence level and keen vision and it’s survival skills should not be underestimated. It can take years for a hunter to advance the qualifications it takes to close in on and sneak up on a turkey. However, with a superior kind of camouflage, you can greatly increase your odds in turkey hunting and have the edge. This allows the hunter to close in enough to take a shot by lowering the visibility of the turkeys.
For the person on the field, the most efficient form of camouflage out there is the ghillie suit, which was developed over one hundred and fifty years ago in the woodlands of Scotland. It is a suit you can place over your regular clothes to significantly transform your form and significantly decrease your visibility to game in the wild. Pieces of fabric like jute or burlap hang down all over the suit, making it very difficult for animals to see you. This makes a human wearer meld in to their environment by breaking up the pattern and human frame. If a hunter is being really quiet, the ghillie camo can be so efficient that it’s possible for unsuspecting game to wonder right up to them.
The ghillie suit assists turkey hunters by breaking up human patterns and bewildering the turkey’s acute sense of sight. To prevent an injured turkey from scurrying off in the woods a hunter must get in a range to get a quick kill shot to achieve success. A person stalking the turkeys can cut this distance between themselves and a rafter of turkeys by walking patiently and keeping low to the ground.
It is ideal to try and find turkeys at night as they are preparing to roost. It is extremely difficult to sneak up on a turkey. In fact, there’s a good possibility it’s already seen you if you spot a turkey out on the field. In addition to being able to see a great distance, they also have a broad range to their vision also, making it difficult to stalk them from behind. To avoid predators from sneaking up on them, a group of turkeys will often face each other in circles to cover all sides of the field.
Remaining in a single place and waiting in a densely populated turkey area can be a somewhat slow process that requires a lot of time being really still. And there’s always the chance that a group of wary gobblers will see you as soon as you move and be on the retreat before you have the opportunity to get a good shot in. It might take diligence and skill, but it is possible to get within range of a group of turkeys. With a powerful gun, a ghillie suit, and an effective turkey call you could outsmart those turkeys for good.