Updated by staff. Original article published on April 21, 2016.
As the weeks of turkey season trickle past, you may find yourself losing patience, and becoming restless hunting from one spot. Before you go after turkeys, leaving behind your spacious blind and comfortable chair, you should outfit yourself with the gear that will keep you comfortable and concealed on the move.
In the blind, you may have enjoyed a cushy chair and backrest, and there’s no need to give that up. You can opt for a simple, stadium-style cushion such as the Therm-A-Seat pad. It includes a small loop which makes it easy to clip to a vest or jacket. You won’t even know you’re toting it.
If you’re like many of us of a certain age, you may want to support your back as well. The Beard Buster® EZ Chair has a comfy backrest. I like gear that I can use for more than one purpose, and this style pad does double duty as a backrest or cushion in a canoe or kayak.
Concealment on the Move
The large, hub-style blinds are awesome. For me, they are a home away from home. Truth be told, I’ve spent time reading in those blinds and have even taken my laptop with me. They are also great for taking youngsters hunting, because you can allow the kids to move and stretch without giving away your position.
When you’re on the move for turkeys, you never know when a calling situation will happen and if you’ll have available cover. Now’s the time to leave the big blind in place and take along a small blind, such as the GhostBlind “panel-style” blinds; the Predator Blind and Run N Gun blind are two of the model names. You can also get a carry bag. Since the blinds tip the scale at a mere eight pounds, they won’t cramp your style at all. Having one of them along means that you choose the spot, rather than letting a spot with natural cover choose you.
I remember hunting in New York with a skilled turkey caller. We were walking along in the woods, with him stopping to call. When a gobbler thundered at close range, each of us quickly picked a spot and our butts hit the dirt.
From the corner of my eye I saw my hunting buddy slip a pair of ratchet cutters out of his jacket pocket and quickly clip down brush which would have interfered with his shot. It was only two branches – but you know, those would have been the two branches that wrecked everything.
Make it a habit to keep a pair of clippers handy in a jacket pocket when you’re on the move. A limb saw is never a bad idea in the field, either. For handling thicker brush and clearing shooting lanes around your blind, try the Browning Speed Load Blade Saw or Hooyman 5 Extendable Tree Saw.