While turkey hunting can be very enjoyable, injuries and fatalities occur each season.
- Normally this occurs when a hunter fails to identify the target properly, mistaking the sound or movement of another hunter as the activity of a wild turkey. The hunter shoots at a flash of red or blue or in the direction of the sound of a turkey call.
- All hunters need to wait patiently and identify their target properly prior to pulling the trigger. Because wild turkey hunting methods include wearing full camouflage and sitting nearly motionless, turkey hunters need to be even more aware of their surroundings. All too often the activities that increase the chance of harvesting a turkey also increase the chance that a hunter will be shot by mistake.