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Old 03-11-2019, 06:33 AM
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I have figured it out. I don't get spurred by toms I shoot and kill. I have never heard of a turkey just being "knocked out" by a shotgun shot to the head. Several questions come to mind from your above information. How far are you shooting these turkeys? What size and type of shot? What gun and choke? Have you patterned your gun? Do you anticipate your shots? I'm sure there are other relevant questions but these should begin to give you an answer.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by elkman30 View Post
I have figured it out. I don't get spurred by toms I shoot and kill. I have never heard of a turkey just being "knocked out" by a shotgun shot to the head. Several questions come to mind from your above information. How far are you shooting these turkeys? What size and type of shot? What gun and choke? Have you patterned your gun? Do you anticipate your shots? I'm sure there are other relevant questions but these should begin to give you an answer.
Maybe the mods should switch this thread to "Turkey Huntin'."

Yes...I've patterned my gun --- 12 gauge 3" magnums --- Federal's 3rd degree 5, 6, 7 hevi-shot combined --- Winchester 1300, hevi-shot choke. Hopefully...I've taken enough shots to prevent "anticipation" for the most part. I limit my shots to 40 yards max.

But you forgot the one most important question: Do you make sure the turkey's dead first?


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Old 03-11-2019, 12:04 PM
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Actually, I do the other stuff first and check the tom last. Maybe that's part of the issue. Your sequence of events is off. Since I've never been spurred and get toms every year, I figure I'm doing something right.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:17 PM
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For the most part after I shoot a wild turkey that appears to be dead...

I rack another round in the chamber --- put the gun on safety --- put on my blaze orange cap --- walk briskly (NOT RUN) to the turkey --- put my foot on the turkeys neck ---For the majority of instances: The tom or jake will seemingly come to life...by flapping his wings with his back lying on the ground, along with rapid movement of his legs & feet for at least one or two minutes.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:35 PM
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Actually, I do the other stuff first and check the tom last. Maybe that's part of the issue. Your sequence of events is off. Since I've never been spurred and get toms every year, I figure I'm doing something right.
The only time I have been pricked by a turkey spur--- is after I've slung the dead bird (that's been put in a blaze orange turkey bag) over my shoulder; with my hand on his two forelegs --- for the long haul out.

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Old 03-11-2019, 12:47 PM
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I have not killed a pile of turkey like some guys here.

but of the handful I've shot, 3 of them had to be finished at retrieval.

Only one dropped without a single flop, and that was a 40+ yard shot with a 10 gauge. That bird just collapsed. My first turkey was at maybe 3 steps with a 12 gauge and it nearly flopped into my lap before I got ahold of it.

Having raised and butchered many turkeys and chickens in my life, I knew what to do. But I know people and have seen other people talk about getting cut by a flopping bird. And I've got scars on my legs to show what a sneaky domestic turkey can do when it feels like fighting.

The turkey "death flop" is a well known and common occurrence. At least in my woods.

On that note. Stop the back and forth bickering and stay on topic. This is a boot thread, not an argue with each other thread. Since we no longer have a chat room I suggest taking it to PMs if you two feel the need to talk to each other constantly. Or you could exchange phone numbers if that would help.

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