Pre-season scouting is the most important part of turkey hunting. Scout several different areas to avoid conflict with other hunters.
- Practice your turkey calling diligently.
- Pattern your shotgun on a life-sized target to know your effective killing range.
- Do not walk in on another hunter who is "working" a bird. Repeated gobbling is often a sign of a hunter working a bird.
- If bow hunting, use a string-tracker to aid in retrieving crippled birds.
- Be patient when calling, give each set up 30-45 minutes, as birds sometimes come in silently.
- Don't wear red, white or blue clothing. The same colors as a gobbler's head, they may draw a hunter's fire.
- Attempting to stalk the "gobbler" is not only dangerous, it is also interfering with the caller.