Turkey Hunting Safety
There are several safe hunting practices for turkey hunting. By following these simple rules, you can reduce your risk of being mistakenly identified as a wild turkey by hunters. Look through the following list of safe turkey hunting practices.
- Positively identify your target. Be absolutely certain it’s a legal turkey before pulling the trigger.
- Wear and display the required amount of fluorescent orange.
- Helps you to be seen by other hunters.
- It’s the law!
- Never carry harvested turkeys in the open. Cover with a fluorescent orange vest, or completely conceal from view in a game bag.
- Never stalk turkey sounds. This could be another hunter calling.
- Protect your back.
- Sit with your back against a large tree, rock, or other large natural barrier.
- Shields you from unseen hunter approaching from the rear.
- Shout “STOP” at hunters who approach you—don’t move. Alert hunters to your presence without moving, which could cause them to fire.
- Never wear red, white, blue, or black, the head colors of a male wild turkey.
- Pre-select a zone-of-fire. Shoot at a turkey only in the predetermined area.
- Choose safe and responsible hunting partners. Don’t hunt with anyone who is not safe and responsible.