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We all anticipate the first day out in the woods or on the edge of a field with the turkeys gobbling on the roost but for the most part we only think of the hunting not the preparation and the time required to be truly ready for that heart pumping morning. While Spring Turkey Season starts up in many of the Mid West states, it is always a good idea to inventory what you have so, on the day before the season, you don’t make that last minute scramble. I like to do this even before spring starts and the days become longer. It is probably easier for me than for most seeing as though I always get that good reminder that spring turkey is on the way through the scheduling of outdoor show attendances but the story is the same (When spring turkey hits your mind its time to make a list and check your gear).
Not all gear lists are the same because some hunters use more products than others, but most of your gear will fall somewhere under these categories.
Calls: Make sure that your diaphragms have not dried out and your friction calls are all prepped and ready to go. You don’t want to make that last minute run to the Pro-shop the night before opening day because you forgot at the end of last season that your slate call cracked or your diaphragm reeds split throughout the winter.
Camo: Your head-net, under layers, weather shell and gloves should all be accounted for. If you use a tent, it is always good to take it out and make sure everything is still good to go.
Weapon: Whether you are using a shotgun or a bow, you need to make sure that it continues to hold the group that it did when you put it on the shelf. Check and make sure that you are well stocked on ammo/(arrows and broad-heads).
Licence: Make sure you are current on your licence. The last thing you want to do is find out on opening morning that your licence is outdated as you pin it on your vest.
That is it. It is always good to familiarize yourself with your calls or break in your new ones before season starts but within 30 minutes you can be confident that your gear is in good working order and ready to use.