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SHOT Show 2018: New Turkey Hunting Gear

Here are a few new turkey hunting items from SHOT Show 2018 that caught the attention of OSG writer Lynn Burkhead

The Avian-X Trophy Tom is a realistic and cost effective decoy to lure in gobblers. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com) The Avian-X Trophy Tom is a realistic and cost effective decoy to lure in gobblers. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

By: Lynn Burkhead

Here are some of the calls, decoys, clothing, accessories, and shotshell loads that have been discovered at the 40th anniversary SHOT Show:

Avian-X Trophy Tom

A number of years ago, some savvy spring turkey hunters utilized taxidermist stuffed birds to gain an extra edge in realism to aid in the process of luring a trophy gobbler into shotgun range.

Today, the same effect can be had with the current generation of collapsible turkey decoys like the brand new Avian-X Trophy Tom.

This new ultra-realistic 2-D Avian-X decoy is far more cost effective than a taxidermy specimen, not to mention far more durable. With a collapsible stake and a carry handle, the intricate details molded into a superb paint scheme allow the Trophy Tom’s one-piece design to do double duty in displaying a dried tail-fan and beard at home as well as working a lovesick longbeard into scattergun range on a spring day. And all in a package that isn’t much larger than a a large framed art print.

Able to beautifully display a trophy gobbler’s fan and beard on the wall at a fraction of the cost and space necessary for a regular mount, the Trophy Tom from Avian-X will work in any home or office setting.

When taken into the spring woods to be used as either a strutting 2-D decoy or the key to stalking and “fanning” a gobbler into range (on hunting ground where it is safe to do so), the versatile new offering from Fred Zink’s decoy shop is a practical piece of hunting gear that solves multiple problems at a very reasonable cost.

Read the rest of "SHOT Show 2018: New Turkey Hunting Gear" at PetersensHunting.com.

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