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    I am certainly not ragging on you guys for hunting them with your bows but stories like this are 100% why I dont hunt them with a bow.

    I stuck a gobbler in archery season one year and it was a good shot buy he took to the air and got up above the branches and the last I saw of him he was gliding down into a clear-cut slashing a couple hundred yards away. I knew I had to have killed him so I went home and got the lab (Which may or may not have been illegal at the time, but I felt pretty bad about not being able to find him on my own) and we found him very dead in the middle of a huge brush pile a couple hours later.

    I had hit the bird about as perfect as you would want to hit one with a muzzy 4 blade.

    Total distance traveled -At least 200 yards.

    Glad to see you guys are tearing them up!

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    One of the most controversial topics in Turkey hunting is using bows. Many strong opinions out there.
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    This is only the 4th turkey I’ve shot with the bow, and I’ve gotten every one. Sure, the recovery was sloppy and very lucky, but so are some big game kills. I limited myself to 25 yards, and under most circumstances I can hit a golf ball every time at that range. In reality,an arrow strike in over half of a turkey’s body will result in a dead bird very quickly
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    This may be alarming to some but I fancy myself to be extremely accurate at long range with a bow as I?ve discussed on here before. My furthest kill with the bow on a turkey was 74 yards. I?ve never lost one will stick and string. However I do typically hunt them with a shotgun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    This may be alarming to some but I fancy myself to be extremely accurate at long range with a bow as I?ve discussed on here before. My furthest kill with the bow on a turkey was 74 yards. I?ve never lost one will stick and string. However I do typically hunt them with a shotgun.


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    I've shot 3 birds over 50 yards with my bow, recovering all of them. All 3 birds were clean up birds after a buddy had shot at a tom in the decoys. The only birds I've ever lost with a bow have all been within 15 yards.

    This year, we enacted a head shots only rule, with using the bows. Its been really fun, and I like the idea of either a clean miss, or a pretty much instant kill. A strutting tom facing you makes for an excellent head/neck shot opportunity.
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    I started shooting large mechanicals at turkeys and haven?t lost one since switching (knock on wood). I don?t think any of them have even made it out of the spread that I can think of. I started bow hunting turkeys using coc heads years ago but I got sick of chasing after them so I switched to grim reapers. With front deploying blades the turkey takes a lot more of the shock from arrow impact rather than just zipping through them with coc. Usually knocks them off of their feet and they don?t make it far. If you are using coc heads and are having trouble with losing birds try a mechanical. Good luck!

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    Busted my first eastern of the season this morning. I?ve been messing with this bird every morning for a week. He finally messed up this morning when he saw my jake decoy. Completed my first single season half slam haha.


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    Welp.. That's a wrap for my turkey season. hunted 5 days, killed 4, and called one in for a buddy. Get to play guide/caller now!

    Hunted a farm this morning that I've had success on in the past. Set up under the tree where I shot one last spring. Bird starts gobbling across from me, pretty much in the same spot as last springs bird. Only problem is the field is way overgrown this year, last year it was a beautiful mowed pasture.
    The bird hammers it on the roost pretty good, before flying down and hanging out with his hens. By about 8am, with no ability to close the distance, and having a terrible strutting field in front of me, I was resigned to daydreaming.
    I was sitting there at 830, staring off into space, minding my own business, when I hear:
    TICK! boooooooommmmmmmmm!
    I was thinking I was hearing things, but then heard baabooommmmmmmmmmmm again, but couldnt tell where it was coming from. I finally got the turned around to check behind me. No strutter. Nothing in front of me. Maybe I'm hearing things...
    Baaaboommmmmmmm!!
    Look to my right, Oh, there he is. 150 yards away, in full strut. I yelp to him, he hammers out a gobble. I yelp a bit more excited, he hammers it again, then, out of nowhere, a hen cackles in front of me, jumps up and flies directly at me, and lands in my tree, 10 feet above me. OMG.. I'm screwed, hen right above me, gun sitting on the ground beside me... There's no way I'll be able to get my gun and not have her bust me. She starts calling, and he goes nuts.
    Over the next 5 minutes I slowly grab my gun and get it up, just in time for him to completely commit, and come racing in. Shot him at 15 yards with my old A5.

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    I was able to get my daughter out in the field before church on Sunday. It was her first Turkey hunt and she loved it.Click image for larger version. 

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