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#3124137 - 01/14/13 09:21 PM Turkey Vests
bucksnbeards
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What are some features in a turkey vest that you prefer? Big Pockets or Small Pockets? Which brand do you prefer? Any input is greatly appreciated.

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#3124178 - 01/14/13 09:45 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: bucksnbeards]
JAY B
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I have a cabelas tactical tat'r II and love that thing!
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#3124183 - 01/14/13 09:46 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: bucksnbeards]
deerhunter10
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I have cabelas vest but I like the primos to. a mixture of both big and small most have a big pocket on each side then some smaller pockets. mainly you just want a comfortable vest good seat and some padding in the back isn't a bad idea.
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#3124249 - 01/14/13 10:26 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: deerhunter10]
Spurhunter
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redhead turkey lounger. Will never use another vest with just a butt seat and back pad. Set up anywhere with back support. Don't need a tree.
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#3124274 - 01/14/13 10:53 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Spurhunter]
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I have never paid for a vest until last year and gave $20 for it. It had magnets holding the pockets together.

I suggest looking for light weight and very simple, and its gotta have room to hold a bottle or two of water. Too many pockets equals too many gadgets. Of course my turkey hunting style is simple, so a fancier vest may be needed if your style is more complicated than mine.
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#3124276 - 01/14/13 10:55 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: AT Hiker]
deerhunter10
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I forgot I have one like spur hunter also I have several vest best advice I can give you is to go and just try them out. find one that catches your eye and go for it.
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#3124373 - 01/15/13 05:48 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: JAY B]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: JAY B
I have a cabelas tactical tat'r II and love that thing!


Same here, don't know where it falls in the pocket size discussion, but after owning every vest imaginable the Tatr II is hands down the best I have ever worn.

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#3124418 - 01/15/13 06:36 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Setterman]
droptine
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Bucklick Creek.
Self supprting back.

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#3124546 - 01/15/13 08:25 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: droptine]
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I hate my vest, just has two big pockets and everything falls out of them, gonna get me a new one this year
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#3124568 - 01/15/13 08:43 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Spurhunter]
scn
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 Originally Posted By: Spurhunter
redhead turkey lounger. Will never use another vest with just a butt seat and back pad. Set up anywhere with back support. Don't need a tree.


x2 It makes a real difference.
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#3124610 - 01/15/13 09:10 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: droptine]
Spurhunter
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 Originally Posted By: droptine
Bucklick Creek.
Self supprting back.


I said redhead turkey lounger, but its actually a bucklick creek. Sold by BPS anyway.
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#3124653 - 01/15/13 09:50 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: scn]
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SUPER ELITE III
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#3124677 - 01/15/13 10:06 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Lawrence]
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comfort and efficient space/pockets as well as weight and how hot it is.

I use the original Little Big Horn vest with the built in frame and not sure i could ever use something else. It is a tad heavy but makes up for it in comfort.

There are few hunts i have a vest on the whole time, most times I need to move quickly and i just ditch the vest to lighten my load.
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#3124780 - 01/15/13 11:30 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: REN]
Spurhunter
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The turkey lounger is a tad heavy and a tad hot, but the extra comfort is well worth it IMO.
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#3125007 - 01/15/13 01:56 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Spurhunter]
woodsman87
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I have a super elite II and had the regular super elite before it. Both are just good all around vest. Maybe a little heavy, but I have had mine for years and like them.
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#3125277 - 01/15/13 05:01 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: woodsman87]
Andy S.
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I am currently using an older model Tarantula vest, made in Utah. I think they went out of business or were bought out, thus no longer available. There was a day that I had to have the latest and greatest vest with 100 pockets to carry every call and gadget known to man, and a cushion, but not anymore. My hunting style does not warrant it. I run and gun and get pretty aggressive when chasing turkeys, so lightweight and simple works for me. My suggestion is a vest that is made well, lightweight, simple, yet effective and capable of carrying what you consider essential for a typical turkey hunt. This will vary amongst hunters. Some turkey hunters think their entire hunting closet is essential, thus warranting some of the more elaborate vest styles that accommodate all the stuff. Best of luck in your choice.
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#3128978 - 01/17/13 09:28 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Setterman]
bigasports
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: JAY B
I have a cabelas tactical tat'r II and love that thing!


Same here, don't know where it falls in the pocket size discussion, but after owning every vest imaginable the Tatr II is hands down the best I have ever worn.


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#3129445 - 01/18/13 11:09 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Lawrence]
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 Originally Posted By: Lawrence
SUPER ELITE III


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#3130669 - 01/19/13 11:25 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: bucksnbeards]
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I have the Super Elite III Treklite vest. The Treklite material is lighter and more breathable than the material on the regular Super Elite III. I really like it for warmer hunts.

The Super Elite III Treklite is 100% polyester.

The regular Super Elite III has a shell that is 60% Cotton/40% Polyester and a lining that is 65% Polyester/35%Cotton

Super Elite III Treklite Turkey Vest
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#3130716 - 01/19/13 12:16 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Vermin93]
TheAirMan
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I have considered getting the Cabela's one no telling how many times. I have used a RedHead Striker for more years than I can remember. I really like it except the place it has for strikers isn't a pocket. It just has elastic loops then a flap that goes over them. The strikers could fall out the bottom. They might not ever but I don't trust it enough to chance it.
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#3131220 - 01/19/13 08:28 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: TheAirMan]
Yotekiller011
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I like my Russell super elite trek lite. Really comfortable and lots of storage. sold at bass pro but can get a better deal on ebay.
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#3131261 - 01/19/13 09:04 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: TheAirMan]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: TheAirMan
I have considered getting the Cabela's one no telling how many times. I have used a RedHead Striker for more years than I can remember. I really like it except the place it has for strikers isn't a pocket. It just has elastic loops then a flap that goes over them. The strikers could fall out the bottom. They might not ever but I don't trust it enough to chance it.


They will if there is anything learned after 20+ years of turkey hunting anything that isn't tied on, nailed down, or surgically attached will jump for freedom as soon as it gets a chance. I've never used the vest you speak of, but just have a lot of experience losing stuff in the turkey woods. It really is miraculous how fast stuff vanishes.

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#3132435 - 01/20/13 09:06 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Setterman]
KillMode
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Cabelas tacital tater 2 its awesome big boy cushion too

Edited by KillMode (01/20/13 09:07 PM)

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#3132589 - 01/20/13 11:13 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Setterman]
Layne
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: TheAirMan
I have considered getting the Cabela's one no telling how many times. I have used a RedHead Striker for more years than I can remember. I really like it except the place it has for strikers isn't a pocket. It just has elastic loops then a flap that goes over them. The strikers could fall out the bottom. They might not ever but I don't trust it enough to chance it.


They will if there is anything learned after 20+ years of turkey hunting anything that isn't tied on, nailed down, or surgically attached will jump for freedom as soon as it gets a chance. I've never used the vest you speak of, but just have a lot of experience losing stuff in the turkey woods. It really is miraculous how fast stuff vanishes.


Yes, definitely carry extra strikers because those things leave first chance they get, usually right before a love sick gobbler starts hollering and I've left my box call at my last setup and ripped the reed on my mouth call...

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#3134467 - 01/22/13 12:58 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Layne]
Jarred525
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I just have a cheap one. The thing that has made a big difference for me is this chair, the gobbler lounger:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-S...ch-All+Products

Last season started 3 months after I herniated a disc in my back and I would have never made it without this thing. I also use it to deer hunt some. Get a nice padded strap for it to carry around.

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#3134586 - 01/22/13 02:20 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: ruger7mag]
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bought my son a super elite III a few years back from Bass Pro - seams were not sewn correctly & vest literaly came unravelled. Took back to Bass Pro they said would have to be returned to manufacturer after literally 20 calls to Mossy Oak apparel to no avail, had my wife sew it all back together

 Originally Posted By: ruger7mag
 Originally Posted By: Lawrence
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#3134790 - 01/22/13 04:50 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: HuntingDicksonDTC]
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I tried several on last year at Bass Pro and just wasn't sold on them and ended up buying one from HS Strut at Walmart.
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#3135358 - 01/22/13 09:57 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Gravey]
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I have found that I fill up whatever pockets are available and never use most of the stuff I carry. I went to an Ol' Tom, vestless shirt last year and love it. It has a spine pad and the seat that hooks to your belt. I did have to get a belt pocket for a box call, but everything else will fit in the shirt pockets. Nice set up for run and gun.
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#3135988 - 01/23/13 12:43 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: scn]
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i have the mossy oak vest super elite three and have gone thru 2 of them in 10 years of hunting every morning
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#3138126 - 01/24/13 09:05 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: make them gobble]
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I have a little big horn outdoors vest. Best I've owned. The shotgun holder strap on the shoulder has a metal bracket inside which makes it great for hands free calling with a slate. I have hunted with it about 5 years now. I just did some patch work sewing on the strap that had started to come undone. The company is out of business now. I guess i'll have to take real good care of it!

Edited by JChunts (01/24/13 09:07 PM)

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#3145902 - 01/30/13 04:16 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: droptine]
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 Originally Posted By: droptine
Bucklick Creek.
Self supprting back.


I like mine too. It is not the lightest around but I can sit down wherever I want and still have something to support my back.

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#3146471 - 01/30/13 11:35 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: scn]
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Wingsupply.com got super elite 3 on sale 34.95
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#3147561 - 01/31/13 10:12 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Roost 1]
Layne
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Super Elite and Strut Zone for me, Strut Zone is a little lighter.
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#3148055 - 02/01/13 09:58 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: scn]
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I really like my ol'tom vests. They have a lot of storage space and some of the most comfortable seats. Pair with the Ol'tom
pants with knee pads for crawling. Love em.

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#3148126 - 02/01/13 10:56 AM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Bigg E]
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 Originally Posted By: Bigg E
 Originally Posted By: droptine
Bucklick Creek.
Self supprting back.


I like mine too. It is not the lightest around but I can sit down wherever I want and still have something to support my back.
. Love my Bucklick Creek vest. Have had mine for 10 years now!
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#3149603 - 02/02/13 08:52 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: chadperr]
Layne
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 Originally Posted By: chadperr
I really like my ol'tom vests. They have a lot of storage space and some of the most comfortable seats. Pair with the Ol'tom
pants with knee pads for crawling. Love em.


I do love the ol'tom pants and shirt, light, comfortable and those knee pads to help.

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#3150116 - 02/03/13 02:15 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: scn]
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Just ordered a Super Elite III Treklite. For $34 I couldnt pass it up, just hopeI like it.
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#3150123 - 02/03/13 02:23 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: paradis1142]
Layne
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 Originally Posted By: paradis1142
Just ordered a Super Elite III Treklite. For $34 I couldnt pass it up, just hopeI like it.


Dang that's a great price, mind me asking where?

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#3150137 - 02/03/13 02:40 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Gravey]
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey
I tried several on last year at Bass Pro and just wasn't sold on them and ended up buying one from HS Strut at Walmart.
Me too. I love mine roomy lots of pockets and love the magnet seat!!
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#3150178 - 02/03/13 03:28 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: Layne]
paradis1142
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 Originally Posted By: Layne
 Originally Posted By: paradis1142
Just ordered a Super Elite III Treklite. For $34 I couldnt pass it up, just hopeI like it.


Dang that's a great price, mind me asking where?

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#3152155 - 02/04/13 09:40 PM Re: Turkey Vests [Re: paradis1142]
Layne
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Thanks, looks like a great deal.
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