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#1296967 - 04/20/09 02:58 PM More fun? Turkey or Deer?
Odocoileus v.
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I'm new to turkey hunting (just began hunting and got first bird this year) but i must confess, it seems to be more fun than deer hunting to me. Not that I'm swearing off deer hunting by any means, but I think I'll actually be looking forward to spring turkey more than fall deer. Which do you prefer?
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#1296974 - 04/20/09 03:12 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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Deer for me....bow and gun!
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#1297035 - 04/20/09 04:06 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Coach]
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Coyote is most fun for me.... But I would pick deer over turkey.
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#1297038 - 04/20/09 04:10 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: redblood]
Odocoileus v.
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Yote hunting's my next venture. Saw 4 in broad daylight at the farm where I hunt last week. Can't wait to try to call some in.
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#1297044 - 04/20/09 04:24 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
Coyote is most fun for me.... But I would pick deer over turkey.


I have a good time yote hunting with my buddy and sons too...we rarely get one but it's fun as heck to call them in...I like to eat what I shoot and that's the only drawback with yotes
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#1297065 - 04/20/09 04:32 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Coach]
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Hard to say. I take deer hunting much more serious, a mature buck is much much much harder to kill than a mature gobbler. I get frustrated and mad alot more in deer season because of all the idgets running around trespassing, spotlighting, roadhunting, etc and turkey season isnt so bad for that type stuff. Its just really hard for me to say, they both have their pluses and minuses. At least with turkeys you get to hear right where they are if they are gobbling.
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#1297089 - 04/20/09 04:55 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: smstone22]
Odocoileus v.
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Good points. It is definitely harder to kill a mature deer than a gobbler. Deer season tends to bring idgets out of the woodwork, too. There just seem to be more people hunting deer than turkey overall.

I like the fact that a hot gobbler will talk to ya before he heads to your dinner table, but getting a quality deer is more of a satisfying accomplishment, especially when you've been hunting a particualr buck. Then again, I'd guess to some degree hunting a particular old tom would be satisfying in the same sense. Dang, I guess I'll just have to keep doing both.
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#1297090 - 04/20/09 04:55 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: smstone22]
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Usually turkeys, but this season has worn me down.
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#1297097 - 04/20/09 05:00 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Coach]
Odocoileus v.
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I'll be starting trying my hand at yotes just after turkey ends. The farm I hunt is eat up with 'em. Killed 2 during deer and keep seeing them in daylight in middle of fields and log roads. Funny thing is, I've been told not to kill a particular one because it's the farmer's neighbor's 'pet' yote?
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#1297102 - 04/20/09 05:04 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: captain hook]
Odocoileus v.
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No doubt. It's my first season for gobblers and I've only gotten to hunt one 'good' day. The rest have been rainy, cold, snowy; my buddy's 4 wheeler broke down a mile in the woods; locked my keys in the truck; lost my wallet; couldn't get my stuff straight early on and kept stumbling onto spooked birds (geez I sound like a greenhorn)! Finally figured some things out and got a good Tom, now I'm on the right path.
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#1297140 - 04/20/09 05:33 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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this is only my second year turkey hunting and i'm starting to like it better than deer. The weather is more comfortable and there are alot less people in the woods in my area.
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#1297144 - 04/20/09 05:37 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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This is my first year to turkey hunt, and with the exception of getting lucky on opening day, it has been frustrating. I do love watching deer approaching my stand. I think if I can get a good bird gobbling and coming in it will be more exciting.
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#1297148 - 04/20/09 05:39 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
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Turkey is more fun for me.
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#1297162 - 04/20/09 05:46 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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Turkey hunting is more fun than deer hunting to me because the turkey gobble and it keeps me more interested.It is more fun to kill a deer to me than turkey so I go back and forth on it.
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#1297181 - 04/20/09 05:56 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: bsl]
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#1297193 - 04/20/09 06:03 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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To me they are different types of hunting. One (turkey)is more of a calling sport. Trying to draw the game to you by mimicking and fooling that same game.

I know you can also use calls for deer (rattling, ect.), but for me deer hunting is mostly reading the deer sign and setting up in that area.

But in the end when I see either a deer or turkey coming to me both get my blood pumping. One thing for sure, turkeys sure are easier to carry out of the woods.
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#1297281 - 04/20/09 07:02 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: peytoncreekhunter]
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Neither are as fun as duck hunting. And yes I have killed a turkey before but I just can't seem to get into it. Rather shoot ducks!
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#1297310 - 04/20/09 07:26 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: rukiddin?]
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hmmm...I'd have to say ducks...
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#1297341 - 04/20/09 07:44 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: RNT]
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 Originally Posted By: RNT
hmmm...I'd have to say ducks...

Agreeeeed!
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#1297410 - 04/20/09 08:19 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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I would give up deer before I would turkeys.
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#1297448 - 04/20/09 08:41 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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BURDS-much more exciting. Less preparation for me.
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#1297478 - 04/20/09 08:48 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: bsl]
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 Originally Posted By: bsl
Turkey hunting is more fun than deer hunting to me because the turkey gobble and it keeps me more interested.It is more fun to kill a deer to me than turkey so I go back and forth on it.


Ditto!
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#1297500 - 04/20/09 08:53 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: ddgonehntn]
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Aint nothing like a crisp fall morning and the sound of footsteps in the leaves to break the silence and the excitement of whats headed in your direction.. that gobble gets the blood pumping.. tough call but i think i would give up turkey before deer.
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#1297516 - 04/20/09 08:56 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: primos32]
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Just depends what the season is!
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#1297535 - 04/20/09 09:01 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: strutncut]
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turkey season is better for several reasons. nicer weather, the birds tell you where they are, and turkeys taste better alot better.
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#1297613 - 04/20/09 09:34 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: buckdead]
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 Originally Posted By: buckdead
turkey season is better for several reasons. nicer weather, the birds tell you where they are, and turkeys taste better alot better.


I agree the weather is better and they taste better. Unfortunately, they donty have antlers.
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#1297639 - 04/20/09 09:38 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Coach]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
Coyote is most fun for me.... But I would pick deer over turkey.


I have a good time yote hunting with my buddy and sons too...we rarely get one but it's fun as heck to call them in...I like to eat what I shoot and that's the only drawback with yotes


I have recipes for yote that might change your mind
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#1298032 - 04/21/09 06:40 AM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: redblood]
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Turkey is the best. After that is duck. There must be something to help use up some of the time between those two, that is where the deer fit in.
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#1298065 - 04/21/09 07:18 AM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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I would say ducks then deer
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#1298168 - 04/21/09 08:59 AM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: Odocoileus v.]
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Hmmmmmm......I've thought about this alot and it runs almost even for me,I love the fact that turkey hunting is more interactive,also love the warmer weather and not having to fool with scent control,and I love hearing a tom sound off just yards away..but seeing a big o'l rack just freakin floats my boat and like others have said it's more of a challenge to kill that mature buck than to call in that old tom(usually )
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#1298377 - 04/21/09 01:25 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: shopson]
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turkey hunting for sure. I love deer hunting but Turkey hunting is more fun to me. Weather is better and you CALL them not just sit for 3-4 hours and wait around.

For those that say shooting a mature buck is MUCH harder then a gobbler, well what about shooting a MATURE 4 year old gobbler. They are not very common but i assure you they are hard as hell to kill. Jakes and 2 year old birds are hard but do able however the older mature long beards are a different story.


thats just me though, if the wife said i had to choose i would pick turkey hunting.
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#1298386 - 04/21/09 01:32 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: REN]
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Turkey!!! I like the fact that you can go to a ridge. Hoot, make noise and if one don't gobble, move the next until you hit a hot one.

Deer for me is setup a stand. and HOPE one comes for me to see it.

So Turkey is way more exciting for me. (plus i'm better at it!)
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#1298414 - 04/21/09 01:52 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: cruff10]
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Deer all the way for me! I live for each fall I get to hunt for them whitetails. I love turkey hunting though, as well as any other type of hunting.

As others have mentioned, a mature buck is much harder to kill than a mature turkey.
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#1298422 - 04/21/09 02:09 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
 Originally Posted By: Coach
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Coyote is most fun for me.... But I would pick deer over turkey.


I have a good time yote hunting with my buddy and sons too...we rarely get one but it's fun as heck to call them in...I like to eat what I shoot and that's the only drawback with yotes


I have recipes for yote that might change your mind


If you are serious send me some...never heard of eating yotes but I'm up for it
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#1298423 - 04/21/09 02:09 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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I really can not compare the two. They are totally different for me. I am alot more serious about Deer, but I tend to enjoy Turkey more.
Late Deer season can get pretty cold and lonely. I seem to always have a twelve year old buddy during Turkey season.
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#1298428 - 04/21/09 02:13 PM Re: More fun? Turkey or Deer? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
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