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#1210987 - 03/02/09 06:52 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: easy45]
BV
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killed one with a bow while deer hunting, but never got around to bringing the stick and string on a spring turkey hunt.
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#1211307 - 03/02/09 09:58 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: BV]
hunter82
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Registered: 12/27/04
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i have killed 2 with a bow.i was in a treestand when i killed the first one.and on the ground without a blind when i killed the second one.
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#1211965 - 03/03/09 09:32 AM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: hunter82]
BigGame
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I have killed two myself with a bow. It is tough and your patience will be tested. It is rewarding though.
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#1212896 - 03/03/09 02:41 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: BigGame]
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I've got 13 with bow now, but 4 were just walking by while I was deer hunting in fall. Two were breaking up flocks in the fall and calling them back in (one of which was a gobbler). The other 7 were called in, not ambushed, during the spring.

I'm not that big on the taste, and the actual kill just doesn't mean much to me anymore (although it's still exilerating to finish the deal). At some point, I realized I just enjoyed calling them in more than finishing them off. That may be the mentality you need for turkey bow hunting because there's lots of rejection.

So I roll the dice with the bow. Mostly, I fail miserably and get busted. I've only killed one out of a blind, and it just didn't do it for me. I'm too jumpy to just sit there and wait.

Last year, I called 6 within 40 yards (my shotgun range) and 3 of those within 25 yards (my bow range). I didn't fill my tag on any of them. That's what you have to be willing to do. I can't really explain why, but it is tons more fun than shotgunning for me. I'll never go back.

Really, I've never been that good of a turkey hunter, average at best. It just takes a little more patience and no fear of rejection. I would be a much better gun hunter since I've gone to bow-only. You can't help but improve.







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#1213127 - 03/03/09 04:08 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: gil1]
buckdead
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Registered: 11/02/08
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cool pics, but i coulda done without that last one tho. it just ruined my turkey sandwich. \:\)
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#1213170 - 03/03/09 04:53 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: buckdead]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: buckdead
cool pics, but i coulda done without that last one tho. it just ruined my turkey sandwich. \:\)


Man up! \:D
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#1213185 - 03/03/09 05:04 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: gil1]
smstone22
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Registered: 01/11/04
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Great pics gil
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#1213313 - 03/03/09 05:26 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: smstone22]
go_okfishin
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Registered: 12/14/03
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Nice pics. Great job Gil
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#1213872 - 03/03/09 08:03 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: go_okfishin]
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Very Nice birds and pics gil.

If you plan on using a bow you really have to study the entire anatomy and bone structure of a turkey to determine your best shot opportunity at any given time. Vitals are located differently and are of course much much smaller than a deer. The shot options I strive for are straight up the legs just above and just a little forward of where they connect to the body (vitals/legs), base of the wing, bulleye/butt shot straight away (backbone/vitals), base of the beard facing directly toward(backbone/vitals), or head shot. Internal vitals are about the size of a lemon. You can take out their running gear or flying gear with good shot placment. Turkeys have alot of breast meat where some folks think the internal vitals are located, but they are actually farther back. If you look at the entire structure of a turkey you can find more shot options that will bring him down. Unlike deer, turkey bones are fairly easily penetrated with and broadheaded arrow.


Edited by pjridge (03/03/09 08:07 PM)
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#1213957 - 03/03/09 08:22 PM Re: Turkey with a BOW [Re: pjridge]
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I WILL take one with my bow opening weekend! It is my one and only goal for this turkey season. My set up will be My truth 2 turned down to 60 lbs. Red head 45/60 carbon maxx 2 arrows and trophy ridge hammerhead expandables. I will be hunting out of a blind this year. It is already set on the same spot where I have taken 2 good size toms each of the past two years.

Edited by khawk (03/03/09 08:23 PM)
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