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#1163031 - 02/03/09 11:21 PM Cost of Turkey hunting..
ShaneHallum
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In general... What would it cost me to get involved into turkey hunting.. I need a good shotgun,calls thats basically it.

I've always shot mine with a bow, during deer season.
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#1163044 - 02/03/09 11:32 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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shotgun
choke
scope
scope mount
patterning targets
turkey loads
vest
snakeboots
a few calls
strut seat (worth its weight in gold)
a decoy or two just in case
Thermacell
Sawyer Permethrin
rangefinder
GPS

I think thats about it. No idea how much it will all cost.

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#1163046 - 02/03/09 11:32 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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500 bucks would do it. 350-400 for a mossberg 500tk(might find a used one for cheaper), misc calls, gear.

amount for calling in your first spring bird and hammering him=PRICELESS.

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#1163066 - 02/03/09 11:42 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: WTM]
ShaneHallum
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That's a good price to start out with. I've got some skeet guns but I couldn't stand using those. Anybody have a mossberg 500 or rem. 870 worth the money ?
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#1163091 - 02/04/09 01:45 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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I don't neccessarily like shopping at walmart but they have a good deal on the mossberg 835. Comes in full camo, already has turkey choke and shoots 2 3/4,3, and 3 1/2 inch shells. I bought mine from there for $309 and so far i have been satisfied.
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#1163276 - 02/04/09 07:49 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
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You could get started for probably around $300 - $400 just getting the bare necessities which is a gun, shells, and a call or two. This is assuming you already have the camo and snake boots for archery season. I second the 835. Mine has broken a few turkey necks in the past couple of years that I've owned it. It's when you start adding all the other stuff like that posted above that it starts to add up. $10 here and $20 there turns into another $500 in a flash but when you're standing over a big longbeard that you called in it's worth every penny and then some.
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#1163563 - 02/04/09 09:56 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ]
ShaneHallum
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Yeah I've already got camo and boots.. everything except the calls and a turkey gun.

I've got a FNH tactical shotgun. But Im not sure if I can get a good turkey choke for it.
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#1163569 - 02/04/09 09:58 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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I'm going to go check on a 835 today. that's not a bad price at all for a ready to hunt shotgun.
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#1163678 - 02/04/09 10:59 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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If you are trying to save money go get you one of Those New england firaerms single shots. They kick like the dickens but everyone ive ever patterned did wel and they are cheap price. Just get you a cheap push pull call and have at it. My wife call them in with a knight and hale tom coffin. Very simple to use.
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#1163704 - 02/04/09 11:13 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: muddyboots]
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A shotgun and a diaphragm is all you really need. My Dad takes that real simple approach, takes a diaphragm and a old 870 Wingmaster, modified choke, 2 3/4 inch shells and kills how many ever he wants to ever year. You certainly can make things much easier on yourself though lol
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#1163708 - 02/04/09 11:15 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: muddyboots]
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I'll check into those calls. I used to have a NEF 10ga. single shot. kicked like a dang mule. If I could maybe find a 12ga I would buy one in a heartbeat. seems like lsn had some the other night.. ill check that site out.
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#1163809 - 02/04/09 12:23 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
A shotgun and a diaphragm is all you really need. My Dad takes that real simple approach, takes a diaphragm and a old 870 Wingmaster, modified choke, 2 3/4 inch shells and kills how many ever he wants to ever year. You certainly can make things much easier on yourself though lol


Ditto that. Although I do like to bring along 1 box call when it is windy or birds are far away


Edited by gookfishin (02/04/09 12:24 PM)
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#1163827 - 02/04/09 12:34 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
That's a good price to start out with. I've got some skeet guns but I couldn't stand using those. Anybody have a mossberg 500 or rem. 870 worth the money ?


heres is a mossberg 9200 auto $250.
http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1151356&page=1&nt=2&fpart=1

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#1163848 - 02/04/09 12:50 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: WTM]
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You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" a vest.
You don't "NEED" a gps.
You don't "NEED" a scope!!!! I don't use one.
You don't "NEED" snakeboots strut seat (worth its weight in gold), a decoy or two just in case, Thermacell, Sawyer Permethrin
, or a rangefinder


YOu just "NEED" the basic stuff, Shotgun with turkey choke that patters well., turkey loads, turkey calls locator calls (owl or crow),camo, small gloves, half facemask, big game gun stamp and most important a place to go.

The other stuff is just things you will want to get once you figure out you like to turkey hunt. They make the hunt a little easier.

The other thing you "NEED" is a friend to take you a time or to until you know what you are doing. It takes the average turkey hunter 2-3 years to figure out how the game works.

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#1163851 - 02/04/09 12:51 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: WTM]
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That's a nice gun. I wish it was a little closer to home. I'm in Middle. By the time I payed the fuel bill to run over to pick that one up. I could have a new one from Walmart. heck of a deal on the gun tho.
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#1163854 - 02/04/09 12:54 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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Thanks for the advice cruff10. I just wanna extend my huntin season's more.
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#1164123 - 02/04/09 03:44 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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Check the pawn shops. I was just in one earlier today in Smyrna and they had a bunch although I think they're priced high. Of course what they have on the tag and what they'd sell it for are two different things. They did have a Mossberg 835 solid black listed for $289.
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#1164440 - 02/04/09 07:35 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: muddyboots]
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$550-$650 would be a realistic number. Mossberg 535 is a good cheap shotgun that comes with fiber optic sights and comes in a bunch diffrent camo patterns for about $450. probably spend about $75 on ammo and choke( strut stopper by truglo works good in that gun.) decoys if you like the idea of carrying them around they are not a necesity. mouth call, slate, box call, owl and crow locator calls ought to be all you need probably $65. bug spray gloves and facemask your ready to go.
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#1164500 - 02/04/09 08:06 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: buckdead]
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shoot man.. Im gettin pumped Im ready to go..
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#1164723 - 02/04/09 10:04 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" a vest.


He is correct. You can put your calls, strikers, locators, decoys, bottle of water, snacks, Thermacell, etc. in a Wal-Mart bag and carry it in. LOL

I prefer having everything organized and readily available. Not to mention the attached butt cushion and back cushion.

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#1164730 - 02/04/09 10:07 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" a gps.


That depends. If you are hunting 25 acres, you dont. If you are hunting 2500 acres and go to any gobbling bird you do. I mark the truck when I get out and turn it off. Then, for the rest of the day, if he gobbles I can move on him wherever hes at and never worry about where the truck is until quittin' time.

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#1164735 - 02/04/09 10:09 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10

You don't "NEED" a scope!!!! I don't use one.


He is correct. A scope is not a neccesity, but one heck of a convenience.

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#1164744 - 02/04/09 10:11 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't "NEED" snakeboots


No you dont. You can always spend your day beating the ground with sticks before each step to scare them away. You probably wont kill many turkeys, though.

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#1164749 - 02/04/09 10:14 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
strut seat (worth its weight in gold)


True. But for less than $20, why not be comfortable?

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#1164779 - 02/04/09 10:23 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" Thermacell, Sawyer Permethrin


Im not sure where you hunt, but I dare you to come to the Hatchie Bottoms without a Thermacall and treating your clothes with Sawyers. The ticks will eat you alive, if the mosquitos and black flies dont carry you off first. And these Hatchie Bottom pests think Deep Woods Off is a "come and get it, supper's on" aroma.

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#1164781 - 02/04/09 10:24 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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On second thought, dont buy the snakeboots, Sawyers, or Thermacell. Just spend you day in the woods looking for snakes, picking off ticks, and swatting mosquitos and black flies. Sounds like fun to me.
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#1164981 - 02/05/09 08:01 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: buckdead]
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 Originally Posted By: buckdead
Mossberg 535 is a good cheap shotgun that comes with fiber optic sights and comes in a bunch diffrent camo patterns for about $450.

Come to think of it, I might know where one of these is for sale. A buddy of mine bought it new last year and was talking about selling it the other day. If interested send me a PM. He lives in Watertown but works in Nashville.
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#1164985 - 02/05/09 08:04 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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camo head to toe
shot gun with full choke
slate call
shells
and most of all
patience

and dont forget your license
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#1165716 - 02/05/09 01:57 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: muddyboots]
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Just bought my son a 535 mossburg for $240 so by the time you add calls,decoys,snake chaps...$500 you should by well stocked.
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#1166234 - 02/05/09 07:27 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" Thermacell, Sawyer Permethrin


Im not sure where you hunt, but I dare you to come to the Hatchie Bottoms without a Thermacall and treating your clothes with Sawyers. The ticks will eat you alive, if the mosquitos and black flies dont carry you off first. And these Hatchie Bottom pests think Deep Woods Off is a "come and get it, supper's on" aroma.


One thing that has supprised me about turkey hunting is I have only had 1 tick in 5 years turkey hunting on me. ONly seen 1 black snake (now i'm screwed ! ha) Never had a mosquito problem either... But then again, maybe we know why you are call "Swamp" hunter. I hunt in the high mountains! Never had any issue with these....

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#1166241 - 02/05/09 07:35 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" a vest.


He is correct. You can put your calls, strikers, locators, decoys, bottle of water, snacks, Thermacell, etc. in a Wal-Mart bag and carry it in. LOL

I prefer having everything organized and readily available. Not to mention the attached butt cushion and back cushion.


Now i'm now saying I don't use a vest. It is nice just not a have to have for a beginner. You can fit everything you "NEED" in two side leg pockets just as good. I like the vest, but I take my off more than on.




Edited by cruff10 (02/05/09 07:36 PM)

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#1166245 - 02/05/09 07:38 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" a gps.


That depends. If you are hunting 25 acres, you dont. If you are hunting 2500 acres and go to any gobbling bird you do. I mark the truck when I get out and turn it off. Then, for the rest of the day, if he gobbles I can move on him wherever hes at and never worry about where the truck is until quittin' time.



The guy has said he was a bow hunter, If he needs a gps for deer hunting then he will know he "needs" a gps for turkey hunting. But if your a hunter of any kind you don't "NEED" a gps. Sure it is nice to have one when your lost. But you don't "NEED" one.

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#1166252 - 02/05/09 07:42 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10

You don't "NEED" a scope!!!! I don't use one.


He is correct. A scope is not a neccesity, but one heck of a convenience.


I only see a scope as a inconvenience. More the weight and more that can mess up on ya. Such as being knocked off sight. If red dot the battery dieing. Just makes more that can go wrong.

Now don't get me wrong. I know alot of people that LOVE THEM and i'm "NOT" knocking it. I just don't need it...

So it is not a NEED!

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#1166259 - 02/05/09 07:45 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
On second thought, dont buy the snakeboots, Sawyers, or Thermacell. Just spend you day in the woods looking for snakes, picking off ticks, and swatting mosquitos and black flies. Sounds like fun to me.



Tell ya what... You go hunting without these things.. Tell me how it turns out.

I already have all that stuff from deer hunting.. Have fun picking the ticks...
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#1166260 - 02/05/09 07:45 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10
strut seat (worth its weight in gold)


True. But for less than $20, why not be comfortable?


For me this still is not a "NEED". For my type of turkey hunting, i'm a run and gunner. Never stay still until they are comming in hot a heavy. I do more walking and riding my 4 wheeler than anything.

I don't deer hunt for turkey. (Just sit and wait on one to come up) Not my style. If they ain't gobbling and coming give me a show I don't care about shooting them.

STill the seats are nice. But just some more weight to get in the way hiking in the woods for me.

Still you don't need it to kill a turkey.

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#1166266 - 02/05/09 07:46 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
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I got some coon huntin' boots... they work wonders.
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#1166273 - 02/05/09 07:51 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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All in all, I just want people to get out in the woods and enjoy turkey hunting as much as I do. I think alot of info on here was misdirected. If someone else was to read all of this that has never turkey hunted might get the wrong impression and think it is tooo expensive for me to try it. That is why I make the comments like I did.

I know in today's time it is hard just to go out and buy a gun and all kinds of hunting stuff just for a bird.

Sorry if this got out of hand.

All in all it can be as expensive or as "Cheap" as you want to make it. Just like anything else.

All in all enjoy the woods in the spring it is a blast!!! Best time of year for me to be out there!!!!

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#1166517 - 02/05/09 10:01 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10
strut seat (worth its weight in gold)


True. But for less than $20, why not be comfortable?


For me this still is not a "NEED". For my type of turkey hunting, i'm a run and gunner. Never stay still until they are comming in hot a heavy. I do more walking and riding my 4 wheeler than anything.

I don't deer hunt for turkey. (Just sit and wait on one to come up) Not my style. If they ain't gobbling and coming give me a show I don't care about shooting them.

STill the seats are nice. But just some more weight to get in the way hiking in the woods for me.

Still you don't need it to kill a turkey.


We are the same type of hunters. If I cant get on a gobbling bird I would rather go crappie fishing. I know some folks that build a blind, sit down, call every 15 minutes, and stay all day. They kill turkeys, but its not for me. I want to hear gobbling and spitting and drumming, and see him strut. I am not going to sit there all day if the birds aint hot. Too many slab crappies spawning in the shallows. On the other hand, if I hear one every once in a while, I can stay all day trying to kill him.

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#1166522 - 02/05/09 10:03 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: cruff10
You don't need all of that to get started.

You don't "NEED" Thermacell, Sawyer Permethrin


Im not sure where you hunt, but I dare you to come to the Hatchie Bottoms without a Thermacall and treating your clothes with Sawyers. The ticks will eat you alive, if the mosquitos and black flies dont carry you off first. And these Hatchie Bottom pests think Deep Woods Off is a "come and get it, supper's on" aroma.


One thing that has supprised me about turkey hunting is I have only had 1 tick in 5 years turkey hunting on me. ONly seen 1 black snake (now i'm screwed ! ha) Never had a mosquito problem either... But then again, maybe we know why you are call "Swamp" hunter. I hunt in the high mountains! Never had any issue with these....


I guess I didnt realize you mountain boys dont have many mosquitos and ticks. Count yourselves as lucky. They are heyall in the river bottoms of West TN. We have enough for the whole state!

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#1166986 - 02/06/09 09:50 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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A gun that you have patterned and know it's effective range, shells, camo, basic call ( I recommend a slate), land, patience and time.
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#1166989 - 02/06/09 09:51 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
shotgun
choke
scope
scope mount
patterning targets
turkey loads
vest
snakeboots
a few calls
strut seat (worth its weight in gold)
a decoy or two just in case
Thermacell
Sawyer Permethrin
rangefinder
GPS

I think thats about it. No idea how much it will all cost.



Talk about high tech redneck. What is your list for taking a dump? If you think all that is needed I feel for you. But keep the economy going.

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#1167355 - 02/06/09 03:52 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Buckmark]
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 Originally Posted By: Buckmark
What is your list for taking a dump? If you think all that is needed I feel for you. But keep the economy going.

I just spit my coffee all over the computer screen!

The main thing anyone needs to kill turkeys is experience hunting them. You'll only get that by doing it, although you can collapse time frames by finding an experienced turkey hunter to help you.

If you already own a "skeet" gun, why not just purchase a regular "full" choke, and use the gun you have? That's what I did for most of my life, and never felt much of a handicap in killing turkeys. And any shells you would use for squirrel hunting are adequate for killing turkeys.

All you really need is some patience, a shotgun, some squirrel shells, and maybe one of those push-button calls (or some kind of call you can use SPARINGLY and sound somewhat like a hen turkey). Everything else is just some extra icing on the cake.

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#1167729 - 02/06/09 10:30 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Buckmark]
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 Originally Posted By: Buckmark
 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
shotgun
choke
scope
scope mount
patterning targets
turkey loads
vest
snakeboots
a few calls
strut seat (worth its weight in gold)
a decoy or two just in case
Thermacell
Sawyer Permethrin
rangefinder
GPS

I think thats about it. No idea how much it will all cost.



What is your list for taking a dump?


Just one thing:
A picture of you, so I know what I'm trying to put in the bowl.

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#1167738 - 02/06/09 10:45 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
And any shells you would use for squirrel hunting are adequate for killing turkeys.


Are you guys this broke or just cheap. The guy is looking for some input from experienced turkey hunters, not how to shoot one and live the heartache of watching it run off to be coyote food. Why would you not take advantage of technology? I been around a lot of turkey hunters in my day and I have never heard the foolishness I have read on this thread. Hunt like you want, but I will be comfortable, organized, pest-free, snake-proof, and ready to reach out there and touch him if he hangs up. Oh, I know, your birds never hang up because you are all world class turkey hunters and smarter than everyone else out there. Yeah, right. Shane, PM me if I can be of any help to you. This will be my last post on this thread. I've wasted too much time debating these idiots already.

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#1167751 - 02/06/09 11:24 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
4onaside
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Swumphunter, although I have never met you, its a safe bet reading your posts that you have brown eyes.
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#1167752 - 02/06/09 11:29 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: 4onaside]
Swamphunter
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
Swumphunter, although I have never met you, its a safe bet reading your posts that you have brown eyes.


Since its such a safe bet, how much would you like to bet? I guess its now time for you to put up or shut up.

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#1167839 - 02/07/09 07:45 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
4onaside
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Well, like so many of your posts, anyone who voices a different opinion from yours is an "idiot". That's pretty poor, man. So, I just assumed that you were so full of it, that your eyes would be brown. No bet, I don't have the money of you affluent money people of Munford. "Nothing but the best for me", eh?
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#1168080 - 02/07/09 12:54 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: 4onaside]
Swamphunter
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
I don't have the money of you affluent money people of Munford.


I wouldnt know anything about that. My wife and I go to work everyday like everybody else. We just drive paid for vehicles, a paid for boat, paid for 4 wheeler, dont use credit cards, etc. Thats why I can buy a $40 box of shells if I want them. I'm not giving my income to the banks in the form of interest every month.

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#1168097 - 02/07/09 01:27 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
renegade50
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lighten up guys..........
no sense in making online enemies.......
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#1168113 - 02/07/09 01:37 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: renegade50]
renegade50
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if ya got the money to go all out and that pleases you go for it.
if you want to do it within your means then go for that also.

i figure i got the better of a grand tied up in turkey hunting stuff all together and then my license each year
but i didnt aquire all this stuff in one shot , it took me the better part of 4-5 years to aquire, 2 years ago i finnaly got a dedicated turkey gun prior to that for about 14 yeras i was using a savage stevens 311 sxs 12 ga for turkey hunting and was very successful with that gun and just the right side full barrel out to around 35 yards but over them 14 seasons with that gun i had many hung up birds or other situations where birds where out their at 40,45,50+ yards and i could nevre take a shot at them based on weapon lack of range

i rolled one hard last year at 53 yards with my mossy 835 and rhino and nitro combo i use in it.






lets not critique others hunting stlyes
even though their are some that do

to each their own

and too everyone and espically you guys just wanting to start out turkey hunting


GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#1168119 - 02/07/09 01:44 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: renegade50]
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 Originally Posted By: renegade50
if ya got the money to go all out and that pleases you go for it.
if you want to do it within your means then go for that also.


lets not critique others hunting stlyes
even though their are some that do

to each their own

and too everyone and espically you guys just wanting to start out turkey hunting


GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

what ren said...
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#1168135 - 02/07/09 02:22 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: renegade50]
Swamphunter
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 Originally Posted By: renegade50
lighten up guys..........
no sense in making online enemies.......


You are right Ren. If you look back over the thread, I simply answered Shane's question. Then in typical TnDeer style everyone jumped on me with both feet.

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#1168153 - 02/07/09 02:50 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
renegade50
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: renegade50
lighten up guys..........
no sense in making online enemies.......


You are right Ren. If you look back over the thread, I simply answered Shane's question. Then in typical TnDeer style everyone jumped on me with both feet.

happens all the time man.
dont sweat the small stuff and what others think or preach is the only way to do stuff....
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#1168186 - 02/07/09 03:22 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
In general... What would it cost me to get involved into turkey hunting.. I need a good shotgun,calls thats basically it.

I've always shot mine with a bow, during deer season.
SW, the boy just asked the costs for the basics, not the ultimate turkey hunter's wish list. Then you call the lads "idiots" for basically pointing that out to you. Then you wonder why these guys are "jumping on you". Hmmmmmmmmm.
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#1174167 - 02/11/09 08:44 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Swamphunter]
showmehorns
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A LOT.....
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#1174272 - 02/11/09 09:33 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: showmehorns]
ShaneHallum
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Everything is good 2 go now. Sold my citori last night. my rear end is still burning from that deal. But I wasn't about to use that nice of a gun to turkey hunt with. Going today to look at some 835's. Ill keep everybody posted on what I buy. Thanks for all the input. positive and negitve.
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#1174326 - 02/11/09 09:52 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
BV
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I started 11 years ago with a shotgun, a slate call, and a diaphram. Every hunters preferences are different, start with the basics and work on what you "prefer" later.
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#1174653 - 02/11/09 11:59 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: ShaneHallum]
showmehorns
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
Everything is good 2 go now. Sold my citori last night. my rear end is still burning from that deal. But I wasn't about to use that nice of a gun to turkey hunt with. Going today to look at some 835's. Ill keep everybody posted on what I buy. Thanks for all the input. positive and negitve.


You really can't go wrong with a 835. And you can usually pick one up from a gun show for $250 or so. Choked up right with the correct shells, they are beyond deadly for turkey birds.
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#1180159 - 02/14/09 06:34 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: 4onaside]
cruff10
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
In general... What would it cost me to get involved into turkey hunting.. I need a good shotgun,calls thats basically it.

I've always shot mine with a bow, during deer season.
SW, the boy just asked the costs for the basics, not the ultimate turkey hunter's wish list. Then you call the lads "idiots" for basically pointing that out to you. Then you wonder why these guys are "jumping on you". Hmmmmmmmmm.


That is what I was trying to say!!!! But I got jumped on because I made a few points. I didn't want the poor guy to think he couldn't do it if he did have all that stuff....

geezzz.... at least someone on here agrees with me \:\)

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#1180306 - 02/14/09 08:31 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: showmehorns]
Tenbears
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 Originally Posted By: showmehorns
A LOT.....


Once you start spending usually it's more than you really need.

Buy the basics and you'll kill just as many gobblers as a big spender. Heck I've got maybe 1500.00 tied up. Half of the junk I
never used.

Just have fun.
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#1180330 - 02/14/09 08:50 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Tenbears]
Fordman
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shotgun
choke
scope ( Ya dont "need" a scope. Many longbeards die to a bead/fiber optic sights every year.
scope mount ( Dont "need" unless you cave to the scope)
patterning targets (I been using free cardboard boxes for years)
turkey loads
vest ( worth its weight in gold)
snakeboots ( another optional item. When was the last time you heard of a hunter getting snakebit that wass not messing with the snake?)
a few calls
strut seat 100% Optional... your vest has a pad)
a decoy or two just in case
Thermacell ( Optional but darn nice to have)
Sawyer Permethrin ( A must have in my county)
rangefinder ( Optional, use your decoys as your range finder)
GPS ( Pure option, learn to read a map and they are CHEAP online)




Edited by Fordman (02/14/09 08:51 PM)

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#1180845 - 02/15/09 08:49 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Fordman]
Buckblaster
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Funny stuff, my Dad started 15 years ago. He bought nothing but a box call and a slate call, headnet and gloves I think one foam hen decoy. Total of probably 50 bucks, he likes the cheap stuff. Add 2 boxes of shells, remington and winchester. He only bought those because he wanted to see which one pattenered the best. Oh yeah, he was shooting a remingotn 1100 2 3/4" shells with an Improved cylinder choke. His range was 25 yards and he killed doing this.

There was a total of $50 bucks spent that year and the only money spent after that the following years was a new box of shells.



You dont "NEED" anything but a couple good sounding calls, camo if you dont already have it, maybe a decoy or 2, and a box of shells. Throw in some bug spray and you can kill turkeys like anyone else.


Edited by Buckblaster (02/15/09 08:52 AM)
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#1187042 - 02/17/09 10:57 PM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Buckblaster]
fastbs
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yall are making me laugh!
gun $350
shells $20
box call $25
slate call $20
mouth calls $10 for a couple
decoys $30

wasting away my life in the woods (as the wife says) priceless
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#1187164 - 02/18/09 06:33 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: fastbs]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: fastbs
yall are making me laugh!
gun $350
shells $20
box call $25
slate call $20
mouth calls $10 for a couple
decoys $30

wasting away my life in the woods (as the wife says) priceless

And if you already have a shotgun, you just added up $105.
Take away the box and mouth calls, you're down to $75.

 Originally Posted By: fastbs
wasting away my life in the woods (as the wife says) priceless


It is priceless.

Whether you choose to spend thousands on your turkey hunting, or just a few dollars . . . . .

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#1187387 - 02/18/09 08:22 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: Wes Parrish]
RussellvilleRob
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I think it is alot cheaper than Deer Hunting.
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#1187629 - 02/18/09 09:31 AM Re: Cost of Turkey hunting.. [Re: RussellvilleRob]
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I've owned all the junk at one time. Someone decided to break into my house and make it theirs. I now hunt with a shotgun, shells, couple of mouth calls, and something to sit on. Sure feels good not carrying all that stuff through the woods.
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