Travel Planning and Packing Tips
Turkey hunting can be fun, but also a challenge. Every spare time a hunter has to plan the trip and to plan what is necessary for the trip is time well spent. Good planning increases the chance to have a good time on a hunting trip, as well as the possibilities to bring home a trophy bird to show.
When a hunter is able to pack everything necessary for a trip, he might not find himself in a situation that can cause trouble. For many hunters, part of the fun of a turkey hunting trip is the packing and gathering of the gear. Often times, when packing, the hunter also needs to make decisions as to what gear he wants to take. This is especially if the hunter wants to fly to the hunting destination. He really needs to only take what is essential for the hunt.
When planning to hunt turkey, it is best to first choose the subspecies he or she wants to hunt, which automatically means a hunt in a specific region in the United States. This also gives the hunter clues as to what kind of gear he will need. If the hunter is not sure what is necessary for the hunt, he can always ask a local sporting goods store, hunting outfitters or hunting guides to help him with this task.
A good list for hunting gear to take along on the trip can be found in many better hunting guides, online or with experienced hunters. If it is in the hunter’s budget, he might also plan in a guide for his hunting trip, since he is going to be walking and hunting in unfamiliar territory. After deciding on the region, the hunter should pack for weather and terrain. It is very important that he packs efficiently and follows the airport and airline rules. Firearms cannot just be transported, but must be packed and shipped accordingly to all laws and regulations.
Depending on the region, besides the firearms and ammunition, the hunter will need other hunting gear. Boots, pants, coats, vests, warm underwear, gloves, mufflers, hats, several pairs of warm socks and rain gear might be necessary. Other hunting gear such as decoys, blinds, stools or other cushions to sit on might be good to pack. If the hunting trip is in a colder region, the hunter should go ahead and pack layers of clothing to stay warm. Some gadgets that can give him a bit of heat when necessary might be a good idea, too. Gadgets like boot blankets or mufflers are newer additions on the hunting market, but really can give warmth when needed. Some of the things a hunter might be able to buy before entering the woods, but others might not be able to be found that easily.
The best way to pack the gear is to make a list of what is needed. The list also saves time. The hunter can add or take off the list as he writes it. The hunter can also start gathering the materials while writing the list to make sure that he really owns everything needed.
A hunter should always try to pack light. The lighter the bag, the easier to carry and store and also cheaper to take along. Airlines charge big amounts for overweight baggage. The hunter needs to also keep in mind that if he manages and succeeds to shoot the turkey, he will need room on his way back for the animal. Therefore, while packing, the hunter should always leave some room for the game and pack bags and other things to properly wrap the bird before traveling.
Packing properly actually is essential for any trip to be successful. The better packed then the better the trip.