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#2816292 - 04/26/12 11:41 PM Why
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17592
Loc: Franklin TN

Why is there such an elitist attitude among turkey hunters regarding how you hunt/kill turkeys? I'm merely a sophomore turkey hunter and it didn't take me long to realize a lot look down on you for things such as fall hunting, bushwhacking, hen killing, limb shooting, etc...

Sorry if I offend some people and I'm not trying to start a flame war, so don't get my thread locked....

Calling in a tom in the spring is probably the best way to hunt them as I think most would agree. If that's the only way you hunt them I completely understand. I prefer it that way too. If you say any other way of hunting them is not turkey hunting, that's what I don't get. Remember there are those who actually want the meat...

I am proud to be a "turkey killer," whatever the heck that is supposed to mean. I am also a turkey hunter... I do not shoot them over corn piles, I abide by the laws, and although I have shot one off the roost, that is not a trend of mine. I don't walk out of the car and go pop a turkey; that would be turkey killing. I put hours into hunting them and learning about their behavior and being busted by them. I may call one in, bushwhack one, or shoot a flock in the fall, but it's still hunting to me.

Also I noticed a lot who look down on fall hunting have never even tried it. Maybe you just don't care for turkey meat, I don't know.

Just wondering why there is this attitude and I hope nobody feels like this is a personal attack... it's not supposed to be, it's a reaction. also I am almost afraid to join because I don't want to be hit by the same elitist attitude...

You may say I should just keep hunting the way I hunt and don't worry about what others say. I guess I should, and maybe I will. But I love this forum and love to share my experiences and it kind of gets me down when certain things are said. Maybe I would be better off ignoring it... I probably would... Just have to vent this one time. Get some thoughts off my chest that have been piling up, you know?

And no matter what your views on the topic are, keep hunting the way you hunt, I have nothing against it.

#2816354 - 04/27/12 04:06 AM Re: Why [Re: catman529]
8 Point

Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

I honestly don't care what folks do with their time, as long as it doesn't impact me. Within the laws obviously.

I have been playing this game forever and been very fortunate, and anymore I want my hunts to satisfy certain things. I want to kill turkeys and a bunch of them, but am set on the tactics I enjoy.

Others can choose theirs, just don't affect me and we're good

#2816418 - 04/27/12 07:26 AM Re: Why [Re: Setterman]
4 Point

Registered: 11/10/11
Posts: 350
Loc: Knoxville, TN

Personally I'm happy if you are happy. \:\) I've never had one come in like they do on tv-never. If they did I'd have killed a bunch of them.

Sometiems I feel bad on the forum I moderate. I moderate the GTA Air Gun forum's Hunting Gate. I simply choose the right weapon for what I'm hunting. If it is an air gun that is cool, but I'm not an elitist and think that the "only" thing I can hunt with is an air gun because I'm a forum moderator. The good thing is those guys are great and if I'm happy they are happy. I cheer just as much for them getting a deer with a bow, shotgun, ML or bow.

Some states allow air gun hunting for turkeys! One of the guys over there got one with a headshot. I wonder how that would go over in TN? \:D

#2816419 - 04/27/12 07:29 AM Re: Why [Re: Setterman]
10 Point

Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 2927
Loc: TN, USA

I understand your point man. I asked a question the other day that mentioned fall and you would have thought fall turkey hunting is wrong!!... answers to a question when does it usually start = dont know dont care....who cares, etc...

haha...I personally just enjoy hunting and the opportunity to be in the outdoors learning about the world around me.

#2816422 - 04/27/12 07:32 AM Re: Why [Re: 93civEJ1]
12 Point

Registered: 11/06/02
Posts: 7406
Loc: savannah, tn., usa

They guys on my lease that only shoot if they come to calls dont kill many. See Below.
Let em go and let em grow!
There is a difference in a turkey killer and a turkey hunter!

#2816447 - 04/27/12 08:05 AM Re: Why [Re: muddyboots]
RUGER Administrator
Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Not just turkey hunters.
Deer hunters, fishermen, all of these groups have groups within the groups that hunt or fish the "only" right way and heaven forbid you differ from the perfect way and means.

Abide by the law and enjoy the outdoors, leave the rest by the wayside.

In time you will be like many more and forced into holding back on stories and / or pictures of your outdoor activities except to your true friends and hunting partners to escape the "holier than thou" redicule that is so prevelant these days.

As I have said many times and believe it more and more, the hunters worst enemy, is other hunters.

In honor of Buckwild,,,, YMMV.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#2816452 - 04/27/12 08:07 AM Re: Why [Re: muddyboots]
8 Point

Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 1930
Loc: MT. Juliet Tennessee

I look at it like this
I dont worry about what everyone else thinks or how they hunt as long as its legal and I dont criticize someone for how they choose to hunt


#2816489 - 04/27/12 08:36 AM Re: Why [Re: Lawrence]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

Catman...You can't worry about what other people think or say especially when you put it out their on the web for the world to see. Gotta have thick skin and let it roll off your back. I hunt the way I do because I enjoy it and I hope you do the same. I don't care for fall turkey hunting but that doesn't mean nobody else should not do it. Basically if it's within the laws and your internal moral / ethical boundaries then by all means go for it and have fun! Now go fill that last tag.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#2816501 - 04/27/12 08:43 AM Re: Why [Re: Gravey]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 30563
Loc: Chester County

You can't worry about that, personally I'm gonna try to kill one by any legal means I have to use.
Work to live, Live to hunt

#2816544 - 04/27/12 09:15 AM Re: Why [Re: easy45]
10 Point

Registered: 04/04/11
Posts: 3091
Loc: Lawrence Co. TN

Im like you I kill em when i can... within legal means
Isaiah 40:31.... Those who wait upon The Lord .....shall renew there strength ......

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