Turkey Season is right around the corner. Youth season is April 9th and 10th and then we kick off the regular season from April 18th through May 8th. This is currently a hot topic around these parts so I thought I would talk a little more about it. The main topics include the following: Ground Blinds, Vests and Camo Clothing.
Let’s talk blinds first. Ground blinds come in two basic types: Spring Style and Hub Style. I prefer hub blinds for a couple of different reasons. One, I think Hub blinds are much easier to disassemble and move around and they also have a lot more space inside - which comes in handy for any archery hunters or if your taking a youth hunter or a buddy along. Since most of us deer hunt as well as turkey hunt, I like to have a blind that has dual purpose. But if your just in the market for a turkey blind this spring make sure you check out our Blackout X72 ($139.99). This blind stands 68'' tall and 72''x 72'' from hub to hub and coming in at only 13lbs it is a great option for both the youth and regular season. It will accommodate two hunters comfortably and with the built in brush holders you can make it vanish into thin air. If you are thinking you might want a little bit more room try our Blackout Hybrid 180 Blind ($169.97). It is slightly bigger at 73'' tall and 83'' x 83'' hub to hub. This blind is slightly heavier at just under 23lbs but with extra room and the adjustable windows. The windows will allow you to customize your setup for the situation at hand which will help tip the outcome in your favor. One of my favorite dual purpose blinds I have ever used is the Primo's Club XL ($159.99) at 73'' tall and 77'' hub to hub and with the brush deception holders and the Dura Matte HD no shine fabric mixed with the Ground Swat Grey open terrain camo pattern makes it disappear in any situation.
Next we will cover some camo:
If you are looking to upgrade some older clothing look no further. Whether you’re a Mossy Oak or a Realtree fan, we’ve got you covered. I would start out with a form fitting base layer because of all the spring ticks. A good base layer does wonders for helping you keep ticks down to a minimum and for the money it’s hard to beat Redhead's EnduraSkin all season clothing line ($19.99 to $34.99). They are a great spring or early fall base layer because of the AXE Anti-Odor Technology and it works awesome for deer hunters to. It’s available in Black, Realtree Xtra, or Mossy Oak Country patterns. If you’re looking for a new outfit to go over your base layers then check out RedHeads Stalker Lite II 1/4 zip shirt ($29.99-$34.99) or pant ($39.99-$44.99). For those really hot days check out the shorts ($29.99-$34.99). All are very comfortable and light weight with moisture wicking fabrics. These are available in Mossy Oak Obsession or the New True Timber HTC Green patterns. But here's a little tip for everyone hunting out of a ground blind. I always wear camo to and from the blind of course but when I am inside I wear Black from the waist up. This is because most of the blinds on the market today employ some sort of a Blackout Interior and as long as you leave a portion of the windows closed the black clothing will vanish against the black walls allowing you to go unseen. Camo clothing on the other hand being made with a lot of Greys and Browns will most of the time silhouette you inside making every movement you make visible to those sharp eyed turkeys. Also, when you open every window in the blind your body will stand out against any light that comes in. Try it! You will be surprised on how much it helps.
Finally, turkey hunters can collect a lot of items over the years and it seems we need to pack them all. So you need a vest to carry it. RedHeads Striker vest ($69.99) has tons of pockets inside and out to carry any type of call or product you can find. It also has a nice thick memory foam fold down seat. This is a great addition to any hunter’s arsenal. It is available in Mossy Oak obsession, Realtree Xtra, or True Timber HTC Green - one size fits most. Another blog that might help you with vests can be found here: How To Choose the Perfect Turkey Hunting Vest That's all the time I have for now. From all of us at your local Independence Bass Pro - have a fun and safe turkey season and don’t forget to share your photos with us!