Better Turkey Hunting With Academy Sports + Outdoors

Great turkey gear at great prices. Eager new hunters. Tie them together with a gift card and guided trip, and you've got the recipe for true turkey success.

by Mark Melotik

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Great turkey gear at great prices. Eager new hunters. Tie them together with a gift card and guided trip, and you’ve got the recipe for true turkey success.

AcademyLEAD 900It’s spring turkey season! So what could be better? Well, very few things actually, but here’s one: Taking the time to get someone involved in this great sport by showing them the turkey hunting ropes. Maybe it’s an extended family member, youngster, or friend of a friend; whoever you introduce to the sport will not only help grow and strengthen our ranks, you’ll be passing on one of the oldest and greatest sporting traditions. And before you know it, you’ve opened their door to a lifetime of fun and fond memories. We here at Team HuntStand call that a serious win-win.

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One obstacle might be gearing up, but Academy Sports + Outdoors is making it easy. How? An Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card. With more than 250 locations in 16 states, it’s as easy as showing up with your new recruit to help them round out a spring turkey arsenal. And if you don’t happen to live near an Academy Sports + Outdoors retail store, the company’s website,, is just a click away and open and ready for business 24/7.

To help assemble a typical spring turkey arsenal, let’s consider the possibilities when using a $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card. Most any turkey newbie would appreciate and make good use of the following:AcademyFaceMask 900Magellan Outdoors Men’s Eagle Pass Mesh Camo Face Mask. This affordable facemask ($5.99) makes use of lightweight, mesh polyester fabric to help keep you cool and comfortable whether hunkered at the base of a tree, or running and gunning to cut off a roving hen-seeking tom. And when it’s “go” time the versatile Realtree Edge camo delivers effective concealment from sharp gobbler eyes.AcademyCamoShirt 900Magellan Outdoors Men’s Eagle Pass Long Sleeve Mesh Shirt. This turkey-hunting staple is ideal for spring hunting because it features breathable Bird’s Eye mesh polyester fabric that wicks away moisture to keep you cool, dry, comfortable, and concealed. Even better is that this versatile shirt, shown in Realtree Edge camo, is currently on sale for $9.74, 25 percent off the regular $12.99 price tag.LeesmanDeke 900Game Winner Turkey Flock Decoys 3-Pack. Who says you need to spend an arm and leg on lifelike turkey dekes? This realistic 3-Pack (currently on sale for $18.74; reg. $24.99) with HD feather designs fold easily for compact storage and transportation. Each decoy features body and head paint that simulates real turkey coloration and fits on a two-piece plastic ground stake (included). Includes an upright jake (pictured), an upright hen and a feeding hen.LeesmanTurk1 900Game Winner Low-Profile Camo Mesh Turkey Chair. Here’s some nicely affordable, super-portable turkey-hunting comfort, covered in Mossy Oak Obsession NWTF camo. The large, sink-resistant feet of the Mesh Turkey Chair ($24.99) help keep you stable, and the collapsible design with included  shoulder strap allows easy toting to and from your next turkey setup.

Add up the four prime pieces of turkey gear above and we’ve run up a total of $59.46—a killer bargain by any measure. If working with our $100 Gift Card that leaves plenty of room for a few turkey calls, and maybe a new camo cap, all part of the strong assortment of turkey gear available at Academy Sports + Outdoors and available online at

Are you ready to get someone into the wild and wonderful world of turkey hunting? Grab a Gift Card from Academy Sports + Outdoors, offer up some helpful gear advice, then plan a trip to a favorite turkey spot. Who knows: Guiding a newcomer to a big strutting longbeard might just become your new favorite sport.



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