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The Best Turkey Gear for 2012 (Page 2)

It’s time to get outfitted for turkeys with the year’s latest gear.

Flextone Dirty Mouth
Not all hunters can blow triple- and quad-reed calls, and not every gobbler prefers a raspy hen. The Dirty Mouth by Flextone is perfect for both as it is an easier-to-work double-reed call with dual splits on each end to produce clear-sounding, higher-pitched yelps, cutts, clucks and purrs. The Dirty Mouth is ideal for mixing kee-kees with yelps—the former, a lost call of young birds that can work deadly wonders to pull both hens and toms in close when they are flocked up and otherwise unwilling to move. MSRP is approx. $8.

MAD Super Aluminator
MAD’s original and once-discontinued Super Aluminator friction call was the call that introduced many turkey hunters to the ear-piercing volume and high-pitched gobbler snatching cutts and yelps that spurred many a shock gobble and brought countless toms to the gun back in the late 1990s. The call was so popular and hunters are so fond of it that MAD has re-released the call and Super Aluminators are back in production. Every hunter should have an aluminum call in his or her vest for those days when nothing else will make a forest full of shut-mouth toms gobble. MSRP is $20.

Mossberg SA-20 Turkey THUG
With high-performance turkey loads and precision-constriction choke tubes, more and more turkey hunters are discovering the benefits of toting a lighter-carrying—and lighter-kicking—20-gauge shotgun. Recognizing this interest, Mossberg is delivering through its popular line of Turkey THUG shotguns by offering the SA-20 Turkey Thug. This gas-operated autoloader is capable of handling 3-inch shells and features a 22-inch ported vent rib barrel with extended turkey choke tube, a fiber optic Dead Ringer Beard Buster sight, drilled and tapped receiver for optics, swivel studs and a padded camo sling. Exposed metalwork areas are in a matte blue finish with a Mossy Oak Obsession camo stock and fore-end. MSRP is $578.

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MOJO Outdoors Fan-Tom
The problem when companies want to create buzz at January’s SHOT Show but can’t quite get manufacturing and supply channels revved up in time to bring a product to an early market such as for spring turkey hunters, is you hear about a cool item that you’re going to have to wait another year to actually try out. MOJO introduced one of those products, but it’s still cool enough that you deserve to hear about it. The company that has made motion decoys a staple among many hunters of varied feathered creatures is bringing its action abilities to turkey hunting with the MOJO Fan-Tom aka “Fantom.” Get it? It’s a string-operated stake and frame that allows a hunter sitting a distance away to raise and lower a realistic looking gobbler fan placed in a field or in the open woods. Gobblers will raise and lower their fans while strutting and the motion will prove deadly to many turkeys once the partial decoy makes it to market—at this point maybe May of this year at best. For any hunter who has ever used a turkey fan to draw a gobbler within range, the MOJO Fan-Tom offers an additional level of safety by putting some distance between the hunter and the fan. Keep checking MOJO’s website to see when this baby will finally be available. MSRP will be approx. $33.

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