It’s time to think spring and that means turkey hunting. Here are some top spring turkey gear picks for the upcoming spring season in Indiana.

Purrfect_pair2The Purr-fect Pair from Montana Decoy may be the most run-and-gun friendly decoys ever created. While Montana Decoy is most well-known for their 2D decoys, the Purr-fect pair are 3D decoys made of cloth over an internal spring system. This means they can be collapsed flat and stored in a pocket on a turkey vest. They feature an adjustable head/neck to customize your set up, and the feather cut outs provide a natural look in even the slightest breeze. –

multi_cutter_1Turkey hunting is often a mobile adventure, meaning you sometimes have to dig in at locations less than ideal to wait out that boss tom. Everyone has had that sit with a sapling poking you in the kidney that you can’t break off or pull out of the ground. The Multi-Cutter from Real Avid means you never have to suffer that fate again. The heavy-duty pruning shears make clearing shooting lanes or sittings areas a breeze. In addition, you have two knife blades to choose from. Field gun maintenance is also possible with the choke wrench and pin punch. When you don’t wanted to carry four tools in your vest, don’t choose which one to leave home, take them all, with the Multi-Cutter. –

Grand-Slam-Turkey-Vest-2016-NWTFPerhaps no piece of gear is as important in the spring than a quality turkey vest. Being able to carry everything you need without digging around in a separate bag saves time and reduces the opportunity for unintended noises to spook that wary gobbler. The NWTF Grand Slam Turkey Vest from Alps Outdoorz has been designed to be the most effective turkey vest on the market. An integrated kickstand frame and padded seat provide comfort and flexibility when choosing where to set up, and diaphragm, slate, and locator call pockets mean everything you need is easily accessed. A nifty smartphone sleeve even allows you to use your phone while it is still in the pack. It’s tough to say that they thought of everything, but if they missed something, we don’t know what it is. –

Ghost MakerTurkey hunting is all about the calls. Everyone has a favorite style of call, for me that is a pot style call. There are several large call making companies that produce lots of great pot calls, but for me, the appeal of the pot call is finding a custom call maker whose call is as much art as function, and putting that craftsmanship to use in the field. With a little bit of looking I’m sure you can find someone not far from you that makes custom calls, but I’m going to recommend calls from Ghost Maker Custom Calls and Crooked Talon Game Calls. I have used pot calls from both to call in birds, and their craftsmanship is top shelf. The biggest problem? Resisting the urge to start a collection. –

LethalBugandTickRepellent_BottleThe worst part of turkey season is bugs. The mosquitos are back, the ticks are out, and on a muggy morning there just isn’t anything worse than not being able to sway the mosquito on your ear because that tom is watching you. Lethal Products Bug and Tick Repellant solves this problem. With 12 hours of protection against mosquitos and ticks, and eight hours against chiggers and biting flies, you can hunt all day without worrying about bugs, or waiting for an appliance to establish a perimeter every time you make a move on that bird. Non-greasy and unscented it will come in handy next fall for early bow season as well. –

Trent Marsh - Gear Editor
Trent Marsh spent much of his childhood in the woods and lakes of Northeast Indiana. He has long had a passion for the outdoors. He transferred that passion into a career as the marketing manager for an optics company the last five years. In a short amount of time Trent has become a respected outdoor marketing professional and one of the next generation of outdoorspeople. When not hunting or fishing Trent is can usually be found tending his garden or chickens, or travelling the world with his wife.


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