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. Utah's 2018 general statewide turkey season begins on April 27 for those under 17 years old and on April 30 for the rest of us. The season runs through May 31.

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 — just click the red button above.

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.

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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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