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hunter in full camo
Hunter in full camo
Hunter with orange hat and vest
Hunter with orange hat and vest

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.