Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Turkey Hunting pic
Turkey Hunting
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New Yorker David Heskiel, a sales representative for New York City’s Riverside Abstract title company, provides his clients title insurance policies for owners, lenders, leaseholders, and others. He provides a great many other services as well, including various title searches and certificates, as well as due diligence, foreclosure, 1031 exchange, and a host of other services. When he is not attending to his clients’ needs, David Heskiel enjoys a broad range of recreational activities, including occasional in-season turkey hunting trips to Nebraska.

Although turkey hunting is considered one of the world’s safest outdoor sports, there are several common-sense safety tips that wise hunters follow to make it so. The first of these is the camouflage that hunters wear to avoid detection by the notoriously paranoid turkey. Since hunters most commonly identify a “gobbler” — a male turkey — by the red plumage on its head, as opposed to the blue feathers on a hen’s head, they should eliminate any trace of red from their own clothing, as well as blue or white, other common plumage colors, to avoid confusing other hunters.

Trying to stalk a wild turkey is an unwise and potentially dangerous strategy. Turkey hunters find a good place to settle and call turkeys with a gobbler call, hoping to attract other gobblers. Since any motion at all not only alerts suspicious turkeys, but might also signal other hunters, it’s best to find a calling position at least as wide as your shoulders and as high as your head, so that any movement you make won’t be visible from behind. Hunters in calling position who become aware of another hunter shouldn’t make any movements to alert the other hunter. Instead, call out in a loud, clear voice.

Once a turkey has been killed, it’s imperative to get it out of the area as quickly as possible. The best approach to this is to wrap the bird in a blaze orange vest or tape to carry it out of the hunting area, following the most open route possible.

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