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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. Movement 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.
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