I’m a nut when it comes to turkeys, and I’m always on the prowl for new gobbler-getter items to add to my turkey tackle. Here are five pieces that caught my attention this year. Enjoy!
DSD Mating Motion Pair
Dave Smith Decoys is offering the Mating Motion Pair for 2018 ($300), and all signs point to a pure-poison-on-big-longbeards win. A single stake mounts the jake decoy on top of the laydown ready-to-breed hen, and the look is sure to bring even the wariest tom running in. The motion kit also comes with two eyebolts, handle, snap and line. The line hides in a carved channel under the hen decoy. With a simple pull of the handle, the jake will rock back and forth on the hen. The decoys feature self-healing A.C.E. 2.0 Technology, which allows them to hold their original shape.
Cherokee Sports Two Faced Witch Call
A real bargain at $23, Cherokee Sports’ Two Faced Witch Call gives turkey hunters a box call and slate call all in one. After tinkering with the call at the 2018 ATA Show, I will say that both the box and slate sound great and are incredibly easy to use. A wooden striker fits conveniently inside the box for easy transport, and the call is made in the U.S.A. with North American hardwood.
TruGlo Titanium X Backflip
TruGlo’s Titanium X Backflip ($45/3-pack) was designed to, well, make big old longbeards do a backflip. This expandable broadhead features a titanium ferrule and super-strong, reverse-folding stainless-steel blades that open on contact. The X Backflip is available in two- or three-blade configurations, with cutting diameters of 1 ¾ inches (two-blade) and 1 ½ inches (three-blade).
New Archery Products Mantis 3
Ready to accommodate a pair of turkey hunters and provide ample room for shooting and videoing, the Mantis 3 ($300) from New Archery Products measures 73 inches in height and offers 48 square feet of floor space. Tipping the scale at 22 pounds, this ground fort boasts a unique peaked roof that makes the blind easier to conceal and ensures rain and snow will slide off. The Wicked Intent camo offers 14 earth tones and depth of field to help break up the outline, and the brush loops and tie downs make concealment a breeze.
Primos Tall Timber Gabriel
In 1971, Charles Whittington wrote a book titled Tall Timber Gabriels in which he dubbed a certain gobbler “Old Gabriel” after the angel Gabriel. Primos named its new-for-2018 box call the Tall Timber Gabriel ($70) because, like angels, turkeys sing, and this call can ensure you get in on the action. The dual thumbhole position allows for ultra-easy clucks and cuts, and the purple heart paddle and hardwood box create an ultra-realistic tone. Each call is hand-tuned and laser-engraved.