CC are you going with a friend? If you're going with someone that knows the ropes, I would just take your gun. Also, in Texas, as long as you're hunting Rio's, its legal to shoot them with rifles(easterns are shotgun only), so if there are two of you, have one go with a shotgun and the other with a rifle. Shotguns are great for shooting through a little brush at close ranges, and rifles are great if you get caught taking a long shot.
I like using box calls, as a rule, friction calls are easier to learn but more expensive. If you are going with a friend that knows the ropes, let them call. If you are not going with a friend, you need to start practicing now.
You don't necessarily need a blind but they do help. All you really need is your camo( including a face mask) and the ability to sit still as death. Prepare to be frustrated, amazed, and excited all within seconds. Also, prepare to eat one of the tastiest game birds out there, way better than duck.
If you do get some gobblers working for you, you will be hooked. Nothing like watching Mr. Tom strut to you. Also, just b/c it has a beard doesn't mean its a tom, as there are bearded hens. Just make sure its got a red head, beard, and spurs.
matchbook, in Texas you get 4 turkey tags for the year with your hunting license, you don't have to buy tags for every season.
It's a fact that 70 percent of the people who purchase heavier tackle do so with the categorical I just lost a huge snook! Einstein Hairdo.The other 30 percent have either Tarpon Fever or are sporting a hand cramped into a claw from a deepwater grouper.