Have you ever wondered what professional hunters use in the spring turkey woods? In this four-article series, we’ll sit down with four full-time turkey hunters to get a look at the gear, gadgets and other accessories that they love to pack for any hunt. Check it out—you might just find something to add to your packing list.
Josh Grossenbacher serves as Turkey Products Manager for Zink Calls. He’s been turkey hunting for 17 years and has been a competitive turkey caller for 9 years. Josh has finished in the Top 5 in the World at the US Open and has won numerous other championship titles. He is the 2011 Pennsylvania Open Champion and 2011 Ohio State Friction Champion.
Here’s the turkey hunting gear that Josh routinely packs, along with some of his personal notes about the products:
1. Russell Outdoors Apparel: I like these clothes in Mossy Oak Bottomland. I prefer that camo pattern because it blends in so nice with oak trees. Whether it’s fall or spring, I always have it on.
2. Zink Turkey Calls: I never leave home without a Zink Thunder Ridge aluminum pot call for loud and aggressive calling. And, I pack a Zink Lucky Lady Triple-Reed Notched-V mouth call. It’s perfect for soft calling, and for finishing gobblers when they’re close.
3. Champion VisiColor Turkey Targets: I always check my gun before every hunt. VisiColor targets almost explode with different colors when hit, so I instantly know if I’m good to go.
4. Avian-X LCDs (Lifelike Collapsible Decoys): Because they’re collapsible, they easily pack into a suitcase, backpack or turkey vest. They look so real, I even use them when hunting late-season, pressured gobblers.
5. Walt Gabbard’s CDs: This music really amps me up to get in the woods! It’s country rock that’s pretty much all about hunting. It’s great stuff.
6. Patternmaster Code Black Choke Tube: This choke tube is always in my Browning. Whether it’s 10 yards or 50 yards, the results are the same: tight and deadly patterns.
7. Quilted Northern: Premium T.P. is a bonus … but I usually just wad up a bunch of whatever they have at the gas station and I’m good to go––if nature happens to call.
Editor’s note: Read the first part of this four-article series featuring Alex Rutledge right here.