Strategies for Success – Turkey Hunting Etiquette

Published by Bob Humphrey on

Bob Humphrey with turkey

There’s a certain etiquette that goes along with turkey hunting; and understanding it is important for both success and safety. In general terms, etiquette means respecting other hunters.

One way is to simply avoid them. Stay away from heavily hunted areas as you’ll only end up being frustrated. If someone beats you to your intended location, go elsewhere. A good hunter always has several back-up plans.

Never move in on a bird someone else is calling. At best, you might screw up their hunt. At worst, someone could get hurt. Also, be on the lookout for decoys, and treat them as you would posted signs: keep away.

A successful hunt means more than just bagging a bird. It also means an enjoyable experience for you, and those you share the woods with.



Bob Humphrey is a certified wildlife biologist, registered Maine guide, award winning outdoor writer and turkey hunter of some renown. In addition to thousands of magazine articles, he’s authored two books on turkey hunting, available at:


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