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Tips on hunting turkeys

Turkey hunting is fun, but it requires some know-how.

Spring is a great time to be outside. The temperatures are perfect, nature is waking up from its winter nap and the turkey hunting is fantastic.

If you haven't hunted turkeys before, a little preparation is in order. There are more wild turkeys in Utah than ever before, but a successful hunt is still a challenge. Fortunately, it's easier than you might think. A little research, a shotgun, the right clothing, mastering a few turkey calling techniques and, most important, patience is all you really need. Of course, you'll also need a permit, but that's the easy part — apply for a turkey permit now.

To help you get started, we've put together five short how-to videos. They'll provide an introduction to one of Utah's best and most rewarding hunting opportunities.

More information

Video Part 1
Why spring?

Lots of people ask this question. Hint: it involves turkey biology and habitat.

Video Part 2
The signs

They're out there, but you need to know what to look for and where to look.

Video Part 3
Turkey talk

Learning to talk turkey isn't hard, but it requires the right calls and practice.

Video Part 4
Guns & gear

A basic shotgun will do the trick, but camouflage is also important.

Video Part 5
The regs

Know the regulations and have a permit before you head out.

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