I can honestly say in my 38 years of hunting turkeys I have never considered the concept that a bird had to be so close or he wasn't earned. I find that an amusing angle, and i know this will P#$% some off, but a little elitist.
I believe the feeling of accomplishment is great from knowing I have set up a shotgun with my own personal recipe in the choke, shells (reloaded or custom loaded, scope, barrel work, bench time, camo pattern, then patterning a half dozen chokes and loads and knowing your putting a maximized pattern downrange to dispatch that gobbler as ethical as possible...If I take him at 10 steps or beyond 40 within the limits of the gun, I believe my goal was accomplished. Shooting a bird at whatever range has nothing to do with ethics. Ethical shots are those taken within the capabilities of the hunter and his equipment with lawful means in a suitable environment. Shooting a bird at only within "X" distance is a personal code each of us has different views on. I BELIEVE WE ALL SHARE THE SAME ENDPOINT. To dispatch, harvest, bag, kill or whichever terminoligy one may prefer in a manner that most humane to the gobbler...which is as fast as possible once the trigger is pulled...All my opinion
Yall have a good one!
I can't agree with this. ( sure its not suprise to alot of you guys)
If seeing how far one could cleanly kill a turkey was the goal you might have a point but for me and I hope everyone else out there the point is seeing how well you can fool the gobbler and how close you can get him.
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