In cool weather, a chocolate bar is a quick fix when you need it. Hunt the late-season heat, and you've got a problem on your hands. Or rather, in your turkey vest.
Energy bars are obviously perfect for a turkey vest pocket. Some are jawbreakers. Some are so sticky and difficult to handle it feels like you've raided your kid's Halloween stash.
Some of my turkey hunting buds say I eat like a squirrel, and it's true.
Cashews. Peanuts. Walnuts. Pecans. Mixed nuts. I love 'em all, and carry them in the woods while turkey hunting.
4. Weird Stuff
At 3 o'clock in the morning, trying to make it to a turkey roost before the morning fly-down, I might grab just about anything on the counter, refrigerator or freezer, stick it in my turkey vest and go out the door.
A frozen doughnut, which will thaw by noon when I need it.
A hardboiled egg, which likely won't make it to my vest if a salt shaker is on the kitchen counter.
Any foil-wrapped leftover from last night's take-out Mexican, Thai, Chinese or . . . might make it in there.
The challenge is to eat it, and not forget about it until the end of the season. It's bad news then.
Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.