This isn't pointed at anyone in particular, and it is especially not pointed at bowhunters in particular.
I'm not a big advocate of bow hunting turkeys, but I won't knock a guy for trying. Some of the folks who've already replied echo my sentiments. I'm just not big anymore on method as a driving motive for sport hunting.
Supposedly the "METHOD" hunter is part of this whole Evolution of the Hunter theory I've seen bantered about the last decade. I think the whole theory is hooey. I also think Method is a dark bunny hole to run down. After bow gets boring, then what? Hand to hand combat?
But don't get me wrong, whatever is legal and fair chase is fine by me. You're the guy who's got to chase after them after a botched shot. Have at it.
I get to thinking about something similar every year after I get done bagging my first bird. What am I going to do next? I've thought about dragging out my old 1100 Trap gun, or my Granddad's Model 12 in 16 GA , but then I catch myself. WHY??? I bought the dedicated 12 GA with the 3" chamber for a reason. I'd feel pretty doggone stupid if I touched one of them off at a nice bird and have the bird just stare at me ( as they have in years past). Now what? Personally I hate that feeling. I generally don't want that hanging over my head. I blew a shot last year on the last weekend that was probably righteous but long-- I'm still kicking myself.
I see these discussions on other forums over a variety of method-oriented hunting topics. Here is my question: It's a challenge, right? It has risk in it, right? Okay Nimrod, who bears the brunt of the risk? Who suffers the most on the blown shot?
Again, don't get me wrong. If someone wants to hunt a turkey with a bow or a spear or a wrestle them hand to hand, I'm with ya' all the way. I'm just rhetorically asking about the motive, and it's not something I expect anyone to answer to me for.