Turkey hunting games are gaining great popularity for both turkey hunters and non-turkey hunters. They are a lot of fun and require some skill, and can even teach the newcomer a thing or two about turkey hunting.
There are three major formats generally available for the hunter looking to play a turkey hunting game. Single player, multi-player, and arcade style; and there are benefits unique to each.
1. Single Player Games
These games are usually done on the computer only. These are great for the hunter with a few spare minutes who wants to take a break. Also, oftentimes the single player game is designed by hunting outfitters, which means they hope to both be fun, and educational. A hunter will often get the chance to choose weapons, locations, and clothing to wear, all influencing the type of hunt he’ll have. These games are especially helpful for the newcomer.
2. Multiplayer Games
The multiplayer game is often played online and can be a great opportunity for the hunter to chat with other hunters about his favorite sport. This game is also great for the gamer who has a competitive edge as scores are often ranked and the hunter can compare his skills to other players. Also, because the multiplayer game is available exclusively online, they are often either free or at a greatly discounted price. While the hunter may be weary of the quality of something that is offered for free online, some of the games available have amazingly realistic graphics that would impress even a seasoned hunter.
3. Arcade Games
The arcade game is a more traditional format, but adds a new element to the game, that of having a “real gun” to aim at the screen and shoot your birds. While these don’t typically allow for weapon selection, there are always point values tallied, and a hunter can see how he compares with other players. These games are often very realistic and simulate a real turkey hunt.
While nothing replaces the smell of the crisp morning air of turkey season, the virtual turkey hunt offers the hunter a pleasant distraction and allows him to keep skills high in the off-season. And because many of the games are little or no cost, the hunter can try his hand at a few of them to find just the right one; and the best part of the virtual hunt, no license required!