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The spring turkey season is getting close and I might have a chance to go on my first turkey hunt. I have a standard mossberg 50

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  • The spring turkey season is getting close and I might have a chance to go on my first turkey hunt. I have a standard mossberg 50

    The spring turkey season is getting close and I might have a chance to go on my first turkey hunt. I have a standard mossberg 500. Its my understanding that it is necessary to be as camoflaged as possible when turkey hunting. Having a normal looking black and brown shotgun, how do do I go about camoflaging it? Is there some kind of camo patterned sport tape i can wrap it with or something?

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    I would say as long as it's not a bright color, you don't really need camo on your shotgun. I hunt with my shotgun (which is not camo) and I kill plenty of turkeys. Folks back before camo came around would kill turkeys just fine without camo clothing! My opinion is that you don't need it. But, if you want to you could always look into camo dipping your gun.

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    • #3
      You can usually find rolls of camo tape in the hunting stuff at Walmart or Kmart, but honestly, I've never found it necessary. I suppose a chance ray of sunlight reflecting off your barrel at just the wrong time could spook a bird, but I've had hundreds of turkeys in front of me over the years that never seemed to notice my non-camo gun. The main thing is remaining motionless, not moving your gun to your shoulder until the bird's vision is blocked by a tree trunk or his own tail-fan. One tip (which I probably learned from Field and Stream) is to put a jake decoy facing toward you. When the gobbler goes to face off against the jake, he'll have his back to you -- and if he's in strut, the tail-fan makes the ideal vision-blocker.

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      • #4
        Camo isn't necessary but if it makes you feel more confident go ahead and buy a roll of camo tape. I used to enjoy the preseason ritual of taping my gun for turkey season.
        Spray the gun lightly with oil then wipe most of it away first. If the gun gets very wet, take the tape off after the hunt, dry the gun, and apply new tape. Also be sure to remove it at the end of the season or the gun will rust during the humid summer months in storage.

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        • #5
          You can also find a camo sock-like material to cut and slide over your gun if you don't want the hassle of taping or dipping. As said above the key is movement, but IMO every little bit you can do to conceal yourself more can't hurt.

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          • #6
            Not necessarry. Camo is to please humans. More importantly hold still.

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            • #7
              JMO~~ Do your Self a Favor Buy April's Outdoor life it has the most Information on Turkey Hunting ever,What Camo is best and what Calls to use. Back in my Day we used Old Army issue O/Ds and face paint with an old Shotgun 16Ga...Life was Simple back when.

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              • #8
                Yeah, I agree. Unless your gun is screaming yellow or hi-gloss finish, save your time and money. I shoot a no frills 870.
                pb has a point, if it gives you confidence, go for it!
                Camo'd or not, you gotta be still!

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                • #9
                  A nylon pantyhose stocking can be slipped over the barrel and butt to dull the shine quite a bit. It works very well on my semi auto. Just watch it doesn't foul the pump action.

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                  • #10
                    Hi...


                    Ncarl hit it right on the nose...!! Camo is best if you own stock in the company...!!

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                    • #11
                      not necessary

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