As spring comes into full swing, it can only mean one thing—turkey time is upon us.
With the gobblers out calling your name, you’ve got to be prepared for whatever they throw your way, which means having the right equipment for the job. Is your turkey vest feeling a little empty these days? Well, we may have just the fix for you. Check out our list of gobbler-getting gadgets—the best new turkey gear for 2013.
Flextone Thunder Cut'n
If diaphragms don’t quite fit your mouth, check out the Thunder series from Flextone. We like their size and sound and love their ease of use. And hey, when the grand master Michael Waddell is impressed with this call, you know it's for real. He gave his stamp of approval and so do we.
HEVI-Shot Magnum Blend
Combining No. 5, 6, and 7 HEVI-Shot pellets, Magnum blend gives you 2 ounces of dense pattern along with tremendous knockdown energy. Pattern-density technology ensures more lethal pellets will end up in your turkey—which means you won't go home hungry. The Magnum Blend also helps boost lethal range and carries 20 percent more knockdown power than lead. More power, we say, is always better.
K&H Knight Striker
The new Knight & Hale Knight Striker features a power tip striker and is perfectly balanced to match all calling surfaces. This striker has a power tip surface that will perform in all weather conditions, including rain.
Price: $ 8
K&H Long Spur
The Knight & Hale Long Spur polycarbonate friction call, with newly designed sound channels, provides true-to-life tones, pitch and sound quality. Each surface is pressure glued to insure identical sound quality in every call.
Price: $ 20
K&H Snuff Can Call
At Knight & Hale, they continue to offer new hunting equipment with improvements in game calls. K&H's new diaphragm calls are featured in a newly designed package to be utilized out in the field. These calls allow a hunter to store and carry wherever they need to go.
Price: $ 6
The ability to have one barrel choked Improved Cylinder and the other Extra Full makes the HS12 from Mossberg one heck of a turkey getter. The Maverick isn't your typical turkey gun, that's for sure. It has a tactical look with the matte black finish, but this compact scatter gun is perfect for the run and gun turkey hunter. Give the Maverick a try, and you won't break the bank or go home disappointed.
Papa Strut 3D Tom
Love 3D decoys but hate to carry them? The Papa Strut 3D Tom weighs only 17 ounces and folds up tiny. Also works in 2D mode with just the tail feather section. This bad boy features patented technology that allows you to quickly and quietly break down the decoy into two pieces, all connected by four magnets. Weighing about the same as a bottle of water, the decoy fits nicely into any turkey vest—the perfect combination for the run and gun turkey hombre.
Primos Super Freak
Go freak nasty on strutting birds with this new call from Primos. Strap it on your leg, call one-handed, and topple toms in the process. Enjoy the great traditional turkey sound of this box call and easy, one handed operation—all while allowing you to call turkeys with minimal movement.
Real Avid Score Tote
The Real Avid Score Tote tool carries and weighs your bird, measures beard and spurs to within a 1⁄4 inch, yet weighs only three ounces. With a built-in LCD scale, this unique tool easily turns into a carrying handle. It weighs birds up to 50 pounds, while the Score Tote itself is less than 3 ounces.
Weaver Kaspa VZT 1-4x24
Our favorite feature of the Weaver Kaspa scope is the VZT (Vertical Zone Turkey) reticle, which was designed to both range and slay turkeys with ease. From closer to longer distances, the Kaspa series scopes provide ballistic precision at bargain prices. The scope features multi-coated lenses, fog-free viewing and crisp adjustments for optimal accuracy. You won't be disappointed.