Ask me what I need in a turkey vest and I’ll say pockets. Lots of ’em. The first vest has a run-and-gun look to it. It’s lightweight and lean. The second has a more sit-here-and-wait feel. If you’ve chased wild turkeys enough, both situations apply throughout the season.
The new Cabela’s Beard Buster Turkey Vest has the specialized pockets we turkey hunters look for, places for pot and box calls. Silent closures add to the appeal. Pockets also include a striker organizer, shell holder and an accessory pocket. Want lightly padded shoulder straps? Check. Mesh panels? Ditto. There’s even a water bottle pouch. A thick seat cushion is attached to drop-down straps. Camo pattern: Seclusion 3D. One size fits most. Retail price: $59.99. Check out cabelas.com.
L.L. Bean’s new Double L Turkey Vest includes a so-called suspension yoke system, which offers flexible, stretchable fabric around the neck. It has both quiet box call and chalk pockets. A pocket that holds pot calls with abrasives for call tune-ups. Two front slash pockets. A diaphragm call space, and a large zip pocket for assorted calls and strikers. Other details: three interior storage pockets, slide up/down padded seat, large storage pouch on the back for decoys and an orange safety vest, which is zipped away in an upper back pocket when not in use. Camo pattern: Mossy Oak Obsession. Suggested retail price: $89.00. For more info., click on llbean.com.
The vest I’m wearing always seems a little better with a tagged gobbler in hand. What do you Strut Zoners look for in a turkey vest?