Long distance turkeys....

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Long distance turkeys....

Postby StevePA » February 22nd, 2009, 7:28 pm

Whats your thoughts on shooting long distances?...Is it necessary?

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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby Wizz » February 22nd, 2009, 8:09 pm

I like up close and personal work. I like to try and work the bird in close.

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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby greyghost » February 22nd, 2009, 9:06 pm

I don't have much choice with the guns I shoot. 30 yards or closer. Unless I misjudge the distance.

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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby J Hook Max » February 22nd, 2009, 10:27 pm

I shoot a 3 1/2 magnum 870 and I still try to never shoot at a turkey beyond 40 to 45 yards.I have killed them at 50 yards, but I had misjudged the distance.Long shots will often result in crippled birds.

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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby shaman » February 23rd, 2009, 3:37 am

I was around to watch the growing obsession with distance in turkey hunting.  It used to be a 20 yard turkey gun was considered just fine.  There is a point were this obsession becomes counterproductive. When guys start hunting setups that almost insure a long shot-- that's a problem  When guys miss inside 15 yards because their chokes are too tight-- that's a problem.

The vast majority of my birds have been taken inside 15 yards. It's not something I particularly try to do. It just naturally works out that way.  Mostly it's because at longer distances there is just too much cover in the way.
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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby Cut N Run » February 23rd, 2009, 1:17 pm

I'm with shaman, all my kills are close because that's the kind of cover I hunt.  I've seen & thought about taking farther shots, but the Gobbler was coming in, so why not let him?
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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby tracebusta32 » February 23rd, 2009, 1:26 pm

The longer I hunted turkeys the shorter the distances became
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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby mark hay » February 23rd, 2009, 2:26 pm

i generally set up so 30 yards is max. my modified barrel will kill clean at that distance. i like the bird close ,,, not so much for the shot but to study him a little .

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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby wordbird » February 23rd, 2009, 2:30 pm

I try to set up so that a bird is pretty much in the comfort zone when he gets clear. For me, that's the 25 to 40 yard range. Closer than that, (and I have killed some at 8-12 steps) the chance of a miss is greater. I have killed birds out near the 50 yard mark and have the confidence in my set up that I can do that if necesary but that is a last resort. I want them all to pose, neck extended at 27.5 yards and hold the pose long enough for my heart to settle a little. [;)]
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RE: Long distance turkeys....

Postby shooter458 » February 23rd, 2009, 3:13 pm

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The longer I hunted turkeys the shorter the distances became


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