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Turkey hunting basic skills rank higher than gadgets

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunter safety skills and turkey expertise have more to do with a successful and enjoyable turkey hunt than loading a gear bag with every new gadget and technology tool on the market, according to Wisconsin’s top hunting safety official.

Today’s turkey hunter has as many choices in purchasing gear as for purchasing a candy bar at a convenience store, according to Tim Lawhern, hunter safety administrator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Ultimately it’s the hunter’s knowledge, skill and well-practiced abilities that make or break the hunt.”  Knowing different sounds a turkey makes and what those sounds mean is more important than the type of camouflage or blind the hunter is toting to the favorite site. Study turkey literature if you don’t know how to read tracks or why cow patties are flipped, he advises.

Not sure where to start?  There are many good turkey hunting tips and videos available from the National Wild Turkey Foundation at their website, www.NWTF.org.

“Use whatever equipment you find enjoyable, but remember coming home safe is the top goal,” Lawhern said. “And if you wonder if I’ve got some of the new fancy stuff in my truck, absolutely. But I know I can hunt without all of it except for one tool I could not hunt successfully without – patience.”

The spring wild turkey season runs for six time slots of five days each in April and May. For more information, contact Lawhern at (608) 266-1317.

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