Can’t wait for the season to begin? I can’t either. That’s why I’ve compiled my list of the five best turkey hunting YouTube channels for you to pass the time until the season begins.
These channels feature hours of footage that will both educate and entertain you. In this article, I will go into more detail about why I like each of these channels individually, but all of them feature good footage of realistic turkey hunting. Additionally, most have some instructional videos to prepare you for the upcoming season.
This show features a group of hunters who travel around the country pursuing deer and turkey on public land. They also have a few videos on other types of game as well.
If you are only interested in the turkey hunting videos, you can go to their playlists that they have conveniently sorted by species and year. Their 2021 playlist features hunts from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and Montana.
Most of the shows revolve around a hunt. One thing that sets this show apart from many of the others out there is the fact that they show “unsuccessful” hunts as well as the hunts where they harvest birds. These guys put a lot of work into these hunts and they show you a lot of the journey.
They also have some videos with turkey hunting tips. I particularly enjoyed their video on map scouting public land turkeys.
If you want to see what some of the best traveling public land hunters are up to, subscribe to The Hunting Public YouTube channel.
This is the official YouTube channel of the gun manufacturer, Mossberg. They put out a lot of content on firearms, turkey hunting, waterfowl hunting, and deer hunting.
There is a good mix of both instructional videos as well as high-quality hunt footage from around the United States. Jason Cruise is featured on many of their videos. Jason is a great caller and I have learned a lot from watching him on this channel.
One thing I don’t like about this YouTube channel is the organization. Unlike most of the other channels on this list, Mossberg has not put all of their videos into easy-to-find playlists so you will have to do a little searching around to find what you are looking for.
Don’t let that discourage you though. If you’re searching for information on a turkey hunting topic and an O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. video pops up, you can be assured that it will provide you with reliable information that you can take to the field with you.
This channel follows the exploits of Dave Owens, the 2018 National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Senior Open Division champion. Don’t expect countless videos of field hunts with multiple gobblers running up to flog a jake decoy. Dave is a turkey hunting purist who primarily hunts public land with no decoys or blinds.
The Pinhoti Project shows Dave’s hunts from around the country. You’ll see how early he wakes up, and how hard he works to get the turkeys. It’s not uncommon to see him on a bicycle covering many miles in the dark to get to his turkey hunting honey holes.
Watching this channel, it’s not hard to see how Dave accomplished his U.S. Super Slam by killing a wild turkey in all 49 states (Alaska does not have wild turkeys). I highly recommend Dave Owens: the Pinhoti Project to anyone who wants to hear top-notch calling and see hard-core public land tactics at work.
You can read more about Dave Owens and the Pinhoti Project here.
If you’re a western big game hunter, you’ve no doubt heard of Randy Newberg. Randy is a legend in the public land elk and mule deer game. But he’s also a turkey hunter as well.
I really like this channel because it is a different perspective than you get from the typical eastern hunter. Most of Randy’s hunts take place wide open west. Randy comes off as a really genuine guy who you could imagine being one of your own hunting buddies.
Like some of the other channels on this list, you can get straight to Randy’s turkey hunting action by going to his “Turkey Hunting” playlist. Not only does he have all of his turkey hunts on here, but he also has some really good tutorials. If you want to get a glimpse of turkey hunting in the west, check out the Randy Newberg, Hunter channel.
Just learning to hunt? You could spend hours watching Primos’ “How to Turkey Hunt” playlist on YouTube. This playlist features over 70 videos on topics such as patterning a shotgun, location calls, mouth calls, setting up on a roost, and many, many more.
You’re probably familiar with Primos’ calls. They are one of the largest manufacturers of game calls in North America. Their calls can be found on the shelves of almost any Walmart or sporting goods store. This channel is extensive in covering a number of different hunting topics.
In addition to the teaching videos, there are also a number of hunts. While Will Primos and his buddies can be a little over-the-top at times, they will certainly get you in the mood for the season. Their good-natured bantering, high-quality footage, and unbeatable turkey properties make for must-watch video. Follow this link to watch Primos Hunting on YouTube.
Final Thoughts on Turkey Hunting YouTube Channels
I hope this list will help get you through those long days in the office (Pro tip: Use headphones and open in a separate window). There are hours and hours of quality turkey hunting content on the channels listed above. If you watch all of them, I’m sure YouTube will lead you down the rabbit hole of related videos to waste even more of your time.
How did I do? Did I miss any of your favorite turkey hunting YouTube channels? Let me know in the comments below.
If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy my article on the 4 best turkey hunting podcasts.