Turkey hunting basics for the spring season

Outdoors Bound

Virginia turkeys Courtesy VDWR

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia is home to some of the finest wild turkey hunting in the eastern United States.

Spring Turkey Season begins April 3 with the Youth/Apprentice Turkey Hunting Weekend. Only youth hunters will be able to harvest a bird.

The spring season begins in earnest April 10 and runs through May 15. There are numerous regulations to ensure quality hunting and good bird populations into the future. You can find them at this Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources link.

To help you take advantage of the fantastic turkey hunting opportunities we have in Virginia, we’ve enlisted the help of avid turkey hunter and Sportsman’s Warehouse pro staffer, Scott Wood. He agreed to share some of the basics of turkey hunting.

Camo

Camouflage is vital.

“You do not want the bird to see you, and they will see you if you’re not wearing camo,” says Wood. “You’ll never get them close if they see you.”

Wood says go with camo from head to toe.

Calls

Wood also says calls are necessary to bring birds in close enough for a shot. There are different types available including mouth calls, slate calls, and box calls.

And he demonstrated one other that he says is good in any situation.

Decoys & Blinds

Two other tools to give you an advantage during this spring’s turkey season are decoys and blinds.

Blinds will help to keep you concealed, and if you’re hunting with children, they can often become restless. A blind helps to disguise their movement.

Decoys will often work to lure birds in close. Wood recommends using both decoys and blinds.

Once nearly pushed to extinction, turkey numbers are healthy once again in the United States, and especially here in Virginia. For more on the VDWR management plan, as well as some fun facts about turkeys, click on this link.

Also, let us know about your successful turkey hunts. Send us your turkey photos to gnoleff@wfxrtv.com and we will publish them on our Outdoors Bound Bragging Board.

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