Safely Hunting Turkeys (continued)
- Never wave, whistle, or make turkey calls to alert an approaching hunter to your presence. Always shout to reveal your presence to the hunter. Never assume that you are the only hunter in the area, even if you are the sole hunter with permission to hunt on that property. There may be other hunters who are lost or confused on where they are or other outdoor users, such as hikers, birdwatchers, campers, backpackers, dog walkers, etc. Always assume every sound or movement is another human until you can safely identify it otherwise.
- Don’t use a headnet that obscures your vision.
- Be aware of turkey fever and its prevention. In the excitement of the hunt, it is easy to see what you are looking for rather than what is actually there. The right attitude, with safety foremost, greatly reduces the odds of a mishap.
- Remember that any time you use a decoy, you are increasing the chance of an incident. If you use a decoy, do so only in an open area and with extreme caution.
- If you shoot a turkey or have merely decided to quit hunting for the day, unload your shotgun. If you have shot a turkey, unload and lay your firearm away from you and the bird. Then tag the turkey immediately and place it in a hunter orange game bag or wrap a hunter orange vest or band around its body with its wings folded in. Then walk out of the woods using the most visible route you can, and remember to always wear hunter orange when you are moving.