timbrhuntr wrote:The only way I buy into this premature closure scenario is if that same hunter has done this before with satisfactory results. In other words they heard the noise, saw the visual cues and shot killing a turkey without actually identifying it as a turkey especially a turkey with a visible beard. So when this happens again they shoot but instead it is not a dead turkey but a tragic hunting " accident"
Yes this is what happens, the shooter will always swear they saw a turkey not a hunter. Premature closure happens with all kinds of things, it is simply one's mind closing before it has fully thought through the situation. Search (premature closure turkey hunting) with your favorite search engine. You will find a lot information on this subject.
It is taught in most hunter education courses and the International Hunter Education Association has an online course which covers premature closure http://www.ihea.com/hunting-and-shootin ... ne-courses
Because you don't "buy premature closure", perhaps you should retake some hunter education. You might always follow the "rules" perfectly; but as my friend found out last spring not everyone does.