Turkeys now inhabit everywhere from valley river bottoms to vast expanses of mountain forest. Depending on the location, turkey hunts can range from busting through brush and wading rivers, to something resembling a full mountain hunt, with miles covered and thousands of feet of elevation gain. Just like in big game hunting, you may have to move fast and then sit for hours.
For most turkey hunting applications, having a system of clothing with good stretch, moisture management, and durability will keep you comfortable and focused on the hunt. Here’s our list of the must-have hunting gear and clothes for the serious turkey hunter.
Turkeys see in full color, so head to toe camouflage is more important for turkey hunting than any other hunting pursuit.
VALO is the top choice before the spring greens up. Its muted tones and lower contrast patterning disappear into the dormant hardwoods and understory, making it perfect for early season turkey hunting.
VERDE (Spanish for green) is a great match for the spring woods. The green color matches new foliage while greys blend in well with trees. The high-contrast breakup pattern works well in the shadowed light of the spring woods.
VIAS is a great match for dry arid regions and areas before the spring-green foliage comes through. The tan, grey, and brown colors match rocky open terrain, dead foliage, and blends in well with the grey bark on trees. Like Verde, its high-contrast pattern works well to break up your outline.
Learn more about selecting the perfect turkey camo with our Camo Pattern Selection Guide.
Regardless of what species or animal you’re hunting, KUIU’s approach to hunting apparel centers around a technical layering system, and turkeys are no exception. The layering system enhances your performance in the field by scaling your layers up or down during low or high-levels of activity.
Our entire layering system is built to compliment how you hunt and withstand the elements you're faced with and can be summed up in three parts: A next-to-skin base layer, mid-layer insulation, and outer-layer protection. The combination of the three allows you to adapt to any style of turkey hunting. It’s an entire system built to compliment how you hunt and withstand the elements you’re faced with.
Learn all the details about our high-tech layer system with the KUIU Layering System Guide.
These base layers are ideal for the colder temps in the early season or as an outer layer if it gets hot. The Peloton 118 lineup is durable, lightweight, and dries quick if it gets wet. Available in short and long sleeve T's, briefs, and bottoms that zip off without having to remove your pants or boots.
Your mid layers are worn under an outer shell or rain gear to provide insulation/added warmth in cold conditions. Or, worn on top of a base layer for cool temperatures. The StrongFleece lineup is durable and water resistant, making it ideal for variable spring turkey season weather.
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For running-and-gunning turkeys, the PRO 1850 or PRO 2300 are ideal for packing your essentials. They both offer ample organization for calls, gear, food, hydration, and extra clothes. The pack gun holder or bow holder attach to the pack and make carrying your weapon a cinch.
If you’re packing a lot of turkey gear, especially a blind, look to the PRO 7800 pack. It’s large enough with the extra shroud capacity to carry full body and partial strut decoys. It offers easy bow or gun carry, plenty of extra pockets for turkey calls and blind materials. The lid is also removable for a more streamlined configuration.
All our PRO Packs feature a load sling design, full pop up blinds can fit between the frame and pack bag, extending both above and below the pack bag.
Keeping concealed is vital to a successful wild turkey hunt.
The StrongFleece 220 Gloves are durable, water resistant and can be easily worn while shooting.
The ULTRA Merino Balaclava is a great for concealment and added warmth.
The KUIU Air Mesh Flexfit Cap is a great lightweight and breathable option with minimal logos.
The PRO Bino Harness protects and conceals your binoculars, and doubles as storage for carrying turkey calls and other accessories.
Continue sharpening your turkey hunting skills with Jay Scott’s 13 Tips & Tactics for Better Spring Turkey Hunting and learn more about the least known subspecies, the Gould’s Turkey.
Shop even more gear with our Turkey Hunting Gear List, featuring top gear picks suitable for all types of turkey hunting conditions.