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im still poking tree rats and rabbits for another month. our spring turkey season is gun and fall is archery. i do both but would rather use gun. never took any chances with the bow and let them get in as close as possible. same arrow as deer get muzzy trocar. i wait till they turn their back and spine shoot them. the videos of decapitation on the net look cool but i think itts a lower percentage shot. i always use a blind. im too old to be spending time trying to beat those eyes. i got to be able to stretch and move when all i got is a bucket to set on. lol

spring is the "garanteed" season imo. you set up close to a roost before dawn and its already over. i use one hen decoy set 20ft in front of my blind. a few light clucks and a hat shuffle is about all it takes. when they come down its rite to you!

fall is a bit trickier it seems. i have had them completely ignore calls where in spring they cant help themselves. lol fall is best played by ambush from my experience.
 

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Love turkey hunting, but they are the one animal that I prefer hunting with a gun. Just don't enjoy being stuck in one location, in a blind. Run and gun. If one bird doesn't cooperate, I'll move on to a bird that will.
Get a heads up decoy and bow hunt run and gun, it is a blast and we have started having pretty good success doing it that way!
 

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Get a heads up decoy and bow hunt run and gun, it is a blast and we have started having pretty good success doing it that way!
I'll pass. Each to their own. Up there with fanning. Great way to get shot. No thanks.
 

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I bow hunt them as well, no blind. Not a blind hater, just wanted a new challenge. I have done it for the past 3 years now. I hung up the mossberg haha. Love it and I won’t go back to a gun in the near future.
 

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I bow hunt them as well, no blind. Not a blind hater, just wanted a new challenge. I have done it for the past 3 years now. I hung up the mossberg haha. Love it and I won’t go back to a gun in the near future.
Very nice! Yeah there's something about arrowing a bird very satisying!
Haven't gun hunted in years.
Nothing against it, just my thing!
 

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Fired up about getting that mach 34 out and leave your scatter gun at home? Sorry couldn't resist! :p
Beacuse of a huge growing population of birds Long Island NY will have it's first ever season this May and I will be using my bow. Looking forward to it because my hunting spot is loaded with nice toms. But when I travel the Winchester's are coming out lol.
 

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Turkey hunted my whole life with a gun until last year. Compound bow in a leaf suit using only natural hides. MAN is it a whole new level of both difficulty and FUN!

Last season doing soI had two jakes on my lap 5 FEET away from me with only a 3’ tall patch of briars in between us.. thought one of them was going to literally jump over the briars onto the deer trail I was hiding on. Ended up getting a shot off as they moved out a bit but I missed low.

Couple hours later I ended up spotting two toms creeping around four hens in the adjacent field.. made a move on them and set up shop about 150 yards in front of them. One of the toms ended up getting ahead of the rest of the flock and came in to a beautiful broadside shot about 15 yards out.. took my shot and watched the arrow go through him, but a little further forward than I was hoping for. He flipped as the arrow when through him, which made the arrow stick in the ground vertically. The flock took off towards a woods line and he followed behind looking a little shook up but not quite hurt. Upon checking the arrow, I found a tiny bit of blood on one of the vanes, and what looked like meat on that same side of the shaft, definitely hit him in the breast unfortunately. Looked for him for over two hours with no luck.. he either made it or became dog food.

With that being said, I will admit turkey hunting with a shotgun is probably more “ethical” for simplicity sake.. I’ve never crippled a bird with a gun and have quite a few under my belt. BUT, it was completely my fault for making a bad shot, and I’ve practiced like hell since that day to be ready for next season. It’s just way too much fun, no way I see myself going back to the gun any time soon.
 

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Turkey hunted my whole life with a gun until last year. Compound bow in a leaf suit using only natural hides. MAN is it a whole new level of both difficulty and FUN!

Last season doing soI had two jakes on my lap 5 FEET away from me with only a 3’ tall patch of briars in between us.. thought one of them was going to literally jump over the briars onto the deer trail I was hiding on. Ended up getting a shot off as they moved out a bit but I missed low.

Couple hours later I ended up spotting two toms creeping around four hens in the adjacent field.. made a move on them and set up shop about 150 yards in front of them. One of the toms ended up getting ahead of the rest of the flock and came in to a beautiful broadside shot about 15 yards out.. took my shot and watched the arrow go through him, but a little further forward than I was hoping for. He flipped as the arrow when through him, which made the arrow stick in the ground vertically. The flock took off towards a woods line and he followed behind looking a little shook up but not quite hurt. Upon checking the arrow, I found a tiny bit of blood on one of the vanes, and what looked like meat on that same side of the shaft, definitely hit him in the breast unfortunately. Looked for him for over two hours with no luck.. he either made it or became dog food.

With that being said, I will admit turkey hunting with a shotgun is probably more “ethical” for simplicity sake.. I’ve never crippled a bird with a gun and have quite a few under my belt. BUT, it was completely my fault for making a bad shot, and I’ve practiced like hell since that day to be ready for next season. It’s just way too much fun, no way I see myself going back to the gun any time soon.
Sounds like an awesome hunt!!!
 

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I kill some but only because the piss me off. We have a hundred around if we have one.
I used to love hunting them. Any more they are just a nuisance.

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