The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


April 1, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Walleye migration under way


Turkey vest

A turkey vest is a must-have item for many hunters. Key features include that should be considered when you purchase one are:  

n Multiple pockets tailored to hold every type of call and other items needed in the woods

n A large game pouch for toting decoys or your turkey at the end of the hunt

n A foldout seat for dry, comfortable sitting

Turkey calls

A box call and slate call are a must have and are effective and easy to use. A box call offers bigger volume on windy days. A slate call is great for cutting and purring. Slate calls don’t work well in the rain, though, unless they are made of a water-resistant material. Other call choices include mouth calls, tube calls, push pulls, scratch boxes and peg boxes.

Locator calls

Not all calls are for talking turkey. Some are merely used to pull a shock gobble from a tom. In the early morning or late evening, go for an owl hooter or coyote howler. Later in the day, use a crow call. Goose and peacock calls are useful, too. It’s also well known that turkeys will gobble at the sound of a train whistle, thunder or even the slamming of a car door. Do and carry whatever you need to pull a gobble out of a distant bird no matter how goofy it may sound.  


You’ll want boots that are waterproof, camoflauged, lightly insulated and ones that offer substantial ankle support. The taller snake boots protect against not only snakes but also briars and sticks. Lower cut, lighter boots provide the comfort of running shoes without sacrificing water repellency or ankle support. Make sure your boots will accommodate the terrain you’re going to be hunting in.

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