The shelves at your local sporting goods stores are stocked with numerous boxes of turkey shells from various brands. Strutting toms, feeding hens, and jake decoys are set out for display. There are more box calls than one sane person needs and there are tons of Mossy Oak brand camo hunting gear for sale, most likely in the popular Obsession pattern. There is no doubt it is almost turkey season!
With all this awesome gear to choose from it is easy to spend more than you planned in a short amount of time. Not every turkey hunting scenario calls for a hunting blind, however, they are invaluable in certain situations. Last year, two close friends and I stalked and shot a turkey without a blind in upstate New York. The year before one of those same friends and I waylaid an Edgecombe County gobbler from a turkey blind I had set up in the corner of a small farm field.
A reliable, sturdy, and effective turkey hunting blind can easily exceed $100 and some high-end models can go as high as $300. Of course, I prefer to have as many options available on my property as possible and refuse to spend $100-300 per blind, so I decided to improvise.
I spotted Mossy Oak brand camo blind fabric that measured 56” x 12’ at a local sporting goods store the other day. I double checked the price because it was only $10. I purchased a package of fabric in Mossy Oak’s Obsession and Infinity pattern. I also grabbed a small container of plastic zip-ties and off I went…for right at $14.
Later that week I went straight to an area where wild turkeys are commonly spotted on my hunting property and set up a blind. The blind was overlooking a newly planted field and is in a prime location. I used a rake to remove the leaves back from where the blind went, and used the zip-ties to secure the blind to a few small trees. I then used a small machete to knock off a few pine limbs and holly branches from nearby trees add to the cover. In a matter of about 15 minutes I had set up a blind that not only provided ample cover, but is also large enough for two hunters to comfortably, and safely, hunt.
At some point this spring I, as well as my aforementioned hunting buddy, will find ourselves in that very blind. Hopefully, we will have a chance at tagging a tom or two. Regardless of our luck in the future, it’s hard to beat a $14 turkey blind that took 15 minutes to set up. I recommend you doing the same before the season arrives. When a gobbler sounds off nearby, you’ll be glad you did.