Spring Turkey Season in Alabama Timberland
This year, Alabama is one of the top five states nationwide with an estimate of over 450,000 Eastern wild turkeys living within its borders. This is exciting as we are continuing the spring turkey season. That’s plenty to go around. Some of those are even 2-year-old gobblers strutting their feathers for the ladies. Spring turkey hunting can be challenging, exciting and even addicting. Very few outdoor experiences can compare with the thrill of scouting and making the perfect shot on a gobbler.
Since wild turkeys have such keen vision, we all know that camouflage is almost a must to avoid being seen this spring in the Alabama Timberland. Normally, this includes the hunter having a cameo suit, cap, facemask, and gloves. Many turkey hunters also wear a cameo vest with plenty of pockets to carry calls, shells and maybe even a snack. In recent years camouflage manufacturers have come up with a wide array of patterns and colors. Here is a quick tip for this spring, try and match the specific colors of the foliage where you will be hunting. Most early season patterns will have mostly browns and a few grays. Later on with the season changing and the trees changing, patterns with more green mixed in blend in better as new leaves bud out.
As the season continues, be aware of your surroundings and try something new this year by adding or subtracting some of the foliage at your best hunting spots. Adding some more foliage may get you a little closer for a good shot. Subtracting some foliage may give you a better angle for your shot. Let us know what you found to be helpful during this Spring turkey season!
It is important for hunters to remain still, because the motion and sound of rusling leaves can easily give away their location to an approaching turkey. It is a good idea to clear excess ground foliage and leaf litter from your hunting perch to quite noises made from requird movement. Clear any low hanging branches as well, as these can be accidentally bumped exaggerating a hunter’s movement.