Spring is just around the corner. Safety should be of utmost concern.
How many of you guys have had some close calls...(almost being shot) ?
Or have almost shot someone when turkey hunting ?
What do you guys think could prevent shooting accidents in the turkey world ?
I've had close calls. I've had guys slip in on me and hunt me. I've had a poacher take a shot at us on our own property.
I wrote on another thread on here this past week that it is important to note that the primary source of turkey hunting accidents are from experienced turkey hunters mistaking another hunter for game. Most of the guys who responded there are responding here, so I won't repeat everything I wrote.
The problem is not one that can be solved by the guy who shoots. These are experienced hunters like you and I that pull the trigger. We have to assume the perpetrators are attempting to use due diligence. The solution is that the potential victims use greater diligence in not making themselves a target.
[ul][*]Remove all red, white, and blue from your kit.[*]Use gobbling and gobbler yelping very sparingly[*]Plan your hunts with others carefully so you do not blunder into a buddy's set-up[*]Use extreme caution with turkey decoys, especially gob dekes.[*]Whenever possible hunt with your back to a large tree so that your blind side is protected.[*]Do not stalk turkeys[*]In high-traffic areas, wear hunter orange when on the move. Put up a hunter orange marker above your head at your setups that can be seen in all directions. An Orange Hat on a bush is usually enough.
[*]Use extreme caution in hunting in the vicinity of property lines.[*]If you find you are being hunted. Stay low. Don't move and announce your presence loudly and firmly.[/ul]