Turkey hunting is some of the most challenging and dangerous types of hunting in America.
Turkey hunting is dangerous because it’s the hunting season with the highest incidents of negligent gunshot wounds. A complacent or excitable hunter, hearing turkey talk coming from a bush or a place where they cannot positively identify the source of the noise, will irresponsibly unload their gun at the noise. More hunters are killed and wounded by other hunters during turkey season, than any other season.
Turkey season, is one of the very few hunting seasons where full camouflage is permissible. No safety colors required.
You blend into your surroundings.
The challenging aspect of hunting turkeys, is that turkeys are incredibly smart and have extremely powerful eyesight and hearing. Turkeys talk to one another and they can alert each other and they can also have conversations.
Turkeys are also impressively armored. Their dense coat of feathers has been know to repel shot. (Shot is the term for the shot, contained in the shot-shell that a shotgun shoots)
So, you gotta blend in, you gotta talk the talk and you gotta get close enough to properly identify the turkey and you gotta be within the effective range. That is a lot to take into account. You must be patient and still for hours, in the damp cold.
When you’re calling in turkeys, your calling in a Tom.
Your call will either mimic a rival Tom or a lost Hen. The hens always follow the Tom. One Tom and any number of hens.
When you run to the sound of a rival or of a damsel in distress, more than likely, you could be rushing to irreversible failure.
Then again, the turkey you think you are calling in, could actually be a rival hunter.
You don’t know until you know.
The question is, how much are you willing to lose to find out?