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Turkey investment: as you plot to take the crown from the King of Spring, consider purchasing a new turkey vest for a tactical advantage.

The triumphant songs of spring's eager longbeards will soon replace the cold silence of winter's woods. Spurs will be flying as gobblers fight for boss status and coveted breeding rights. But the stakes are even higher in another battle that looms on the horizon: man vs. bird. You'll rely on a precise arsenal of tools to get a leading edge on tom. Whether you plan to run and gun or set up an ambush, these well-built turkey vests will keep you organized, comfortable, and ready to rock when it's time to make strategic moves this spring.

PRIMOS ROCKER VEST EDITOR'S CHOICE

Will Primos has been helping hunters drop gobblers for 41 years--when he started selling homemade calls crafted from beer cans. The new Rocker Vest reflects Primos's long-standing dedication to producing top-notch turkey gear. It's built with water-resistant call pockets and other features you'd expect, but some distinctly unique integrations bring it from handy to hardcore. Sit anywhere and get full back support with its rigid flip-down seat. A rear zippered pocket smartly secures decoy stakes. Side hand-warmer pockets keep your calling and killing hands operational during bitter spring days. A waterproof pouch protects your smartphone while allowing easy access to the touch screen through a clear, conductive plastic. $132; primos.com

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FIELD & STREAM EVERYHUNT

If you follow the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Principle and you're trying to keep your turkey budget tight, the new Everyhunt Turkey Vest from Field & Stream is a solid option. Mesh panels make it breathable and extremely light, yet ripstop fabric in key stress areas will stand up to abuse when you're belly-crawling through nasty thickets. It's equipped with four easy- access mouth call pockets, a buttoned pocket for your go-to box call, and two additional pockets (one zippered, one buttoned] for storing pot calls, extra shells, and other essentials. The padded foam seat cushion is attached to the vest with elastic straps; it rests at mid-back until you pull it down for quick deployment. $60; fieldandstreamshop.com

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CABELA'S YOUTH TAT'R TOT

Leave it to the "World's Foremost Outfitter" to make sure no turkey hunter is left behind with marginal gear. Cabela's makes specialized turkey vests for men, women, and, impressively, youngsters. Keeping Johnnie or Suzie comfortable is the first step to keeping them in the field, and the Youth Tat'r Tot Turkey Vest is your best bet. This vest is built with the same level of quality as mom's or dad's, but it's sized just right for kids. Features include a cushy Speed Seat, padded shoulder straps, multiple call pockets, striker sleeves, water bottle pocket, and a blaze-orange back flag for safe hunting. Two sizes accommodate various ages: S/M or L/XL. $60; cabelas.com

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ALPS OUTDOORZ NWTF SUPER ELITE 4.0

For all you merciless hunters who are planning to run a shock-and-awe campaign against gobblers, this vest is right up your alley. With an astounding 22 pockets there's no lack of storage for all the turkey gear you've accumulated over the years. After you've wrapped a tag on of tom, toss him in the blood-proof game bag and reach into the front cell phone pocket to send a victory text to your buddies. In the case that you're forced to wait out a stubborn strutter, you'll appreciate the 2.5-inch-thick, (detachable) foldaway seat cushion. Buy this vest and you've earned the right to sport its NWTF logo-- a portion of sales go directly to the National Wild Turkey Federation to fund the future of your spring addiction. $100 (M/L), $110 (XL); alpsoutdoorz.com

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Title Annotation:THE OUT FITTER: FIELD TEST
Author:Dahlke, Josh
Publication:Petersen's Hunting
Date:Apr 1, 2017
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