Turkey season 2023 is here. Here's some gear you may have missed last year or is new this year that we recommend. Whether you need a new decoy, a new pot call, a new face mask, or shirt, there'll be something here for you.
And check out our guide to best turkey guns and ammo for this season.
New Turkey Vests
This turkey vest is highly adjustable (14 points of adjustment!) so that you can have a perfect fit to distribute the load around your body and not all on your back or shoulders. It also has plenty of specialized pockets for your calls and gear, including one for a Thermacell.
This vest was a big talking point of the NWTF convention. I heard from a lot of people that this vest really impressed them. The predominantly saddle hunting company took two years working with The Hunting Public to make a sweet run-and-gun lightweight vest. This is the result--it's a pretty big launch.
Another vest from Nomad--they do great work. This one is also a minimalist, run-and-gun design turkey vest that can transform into a fanny pack if you'd like to wear it that way. But basically it's made for the turkey hunter that doesn't carry a bunch of stuff around the woods. A couple of calls, your face mask, gloves, just the essentials.
Maybe I'm biased. But this is a great vest--I wore it all last year. It was lightweight and had plenty of pockets for all my calls, and gear and whatnot. I would definitely recommend it.
This vest is pretty versatile, whether you need it for running-and-gunning or for sitting patiently for a silent gobbler to come in. It's got ventilation to keep you cool, plenty of pockets, a wide shoulder design for evenly distributing weight across your whole body, and a rear game bag. This is a new and improved design for the 2023 spring.
This vest has got just about every pocket you might need--22 pockets--and the wide shoulders make any weight evenly distributed across your back and shoulders. It's got a detachable cushion, a game bag, and plenty more where that came from. If you're looking for your future 'ol reliable' then this is that.
New Turkey Decoys/Gear
You can't talk about turkey decoys without saying Avian X. Their hen decoys are extremely realistic, and come in a bunch of different poses, like a feeding hen, a breeding hen, a hen laying down, and more. They're collapsible and come with an easy set up stake so you can get set up quick.
If you've never heard Mark Drury run a turkey call, you're missing out. He's one of the best of the best. You can just about guarantee anything he puts his name on, turkey wise, is going to be vetted and good quality.
This is a pretty cool design for those that want an easy pocket clucker. I've heard only good things.
Here's a pretty sweet combo mouth call pack from Zink. 3-reed, each one a different style. NWTF approved.
These kayaks are SWEET. Kayak fishing has really caught on in the last few years and for good reason. No gas, no trailers needed, and you can get into areas that boats might not be able to access. These Nucanoes decorated in Bottomland or Shadowgrass send them over the edge.
This center dot scope lets you swap between a green dot and a red dot, whichever you prefer. It also has a pretty cool feature of integrated sunshade to keep any sort of awkward glare off the glass between you and a turkey.
$29.88 (on sale!)
If you need an easy, portable panel blind to throw down in front of you or your kids in the turkey woods, this is a great budget-friendly option. Crazy enough, it only weighs 2 pounds even with the stakes.
If you need a really nice blind for turkeys, here you go. This has 360 degree views and shoot through windows, and it sets up pretty quickly.
This is a cool set up for a spot and stalk situation. The window pane is configured for several different shooting situations too, and according to the site, this blind can fit two people.
This call was pretty popular at this year's NWTF Convention. I heard a lot of talk about this Peg Leg pot call. It sounded pretty good to me, and everyone else seemed to like it, too. It comes with a striker made out of Purple Heart wood.
This is a good all-around hunting item. But if you want your binos quickly accessible in the turkey woods, here's a good one to keep your hands free.
New Turkey Clothes
Clothes that offer insect repellent are pretty great, and they make a lot of sense in the spring turkey woods, especially in the later half of the season. Here's one that's designed to be lightweight and breathable for those hot conditions, too. They make these in a pant, too, and a women's version!
Here's another good lightweight option for when the season gets hot (or has been pushed back a couple of weeks this year.) This one blocks UV rays and has anti-microbial fabric in it to keep it fresh longer.
This hoodie is awesome. Aftco's stuff is already great, but now it's in my favorite pattern, Mossy Oak Bottomland. It has a face mask built in, too, which seems like a no-brainer turkey staple. It's made warm for colder season days and has quiet pocket enclosures so you're not struggling to slowly zip a zipper when a gobbler's coming towards you.
Here's the lightweight, warmer season version of the sweatshirt above. Built in gaiter, breathable, dries quickly, UPF sun protection..it's a pretty great turkey hunting option. And you can keep wearing it when you go fishing!
This is another awesome option for colder states or early season mornings. It has micro-fleece material to keep you warm, a water-repellent finish, internal sleeve gaiters (keeps cold, water, and insects out), and a 3 piece adjustable hood. It's been engineered just for the turkey hunter.
These are an all-around great hunting pant, and they work great for turkey season. They're your classic cotton camo pants with a little bit of stretch for covering tough terrain. If you're a no-nonsense kind of turkey hunter, these are your pants.
These pants are a great and ultra-realistic option for the turkey woods. They're stretchy, lightweight, moisture wicking, and breathable, and the 3D leafy technology blends you in perfectly to a green spring morning.
This is all you need in terms of face masks. It's breathable. It's easy to pull up and down. It's adjusts, has full coverage, and even has a silicon nose pad so it doesn't fall down on you. Plus it's a pretty good price!