Scopes & Turkey Hunting

Taking Aim at a Gobbler 

 

The "Kill Zone" on a Turkey is Very Small!

Although the wild turkey is North America’s largest game bird, the best “kill zone” is rather small.  The best place to kill a young turk is in the head-neck region. Why?

Because one well placed #4 or #6 pellet in the turkey’s brain or neck will kill him instantly. He will not suffer and there will be no loss in food-value.

Actually, you can shoot a young turk wherever you want. However, that doesn’t mean he will keel over.  Gobblers have some interesting ways to frustrate your plan — of taking a ‘wild one’ home to eat.

Obviously, a gobbler uses his wings to fly (for example: to and from his roost).  However, the wings and feathers are very dense and can repel or deflect pellets.  With turkeys, you rarely get a second shot.

Lots of hunters aim for the wattle; however, it is recommended that you shoot when you see the turkey’s head in the cross-hairs.  By aiming higher, you are less likely to spoil the meat. Remember that a breast shot does not necessarily kill your prey.

Using a Scope While Turkey Hunting

Until recently, I was unfamiliar with using a scope while hunting gobblers. Some hunters seem to value using a 1.5 to 2.0 power scope.  Why?

First, a scope helps hunters zero in on that vital head and neck region. Second, a low powered scope is a useful ally for those with poor eyesight.

Third, it allows a hunter to get a shot at a gobbler from a greater distance, which can be an important consideration in the waning weeks of turkey season.

Those turkeys that avoid a hunter’s aim in the opening days of the season are a whole bunch smarter by the end of the season. They are even more skittish than in the opening days and are harder to stalk.

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I’ll be back soon with more tips on hunting turkeys!

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Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 6:13 pm  Comments (3)  
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Here We Go Again: HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009

Gun Control by Secrecytn_an03860_

It’s very important to be aware of a new bill HR 45 introduced into the House.
This is the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009.
Even gun shop owners didn’t know about this because it is flying under the radar.


To find out about this – go to any government website and type in “HR 45” or Google  — HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009.

You will get all the information.

Basically this would make it illegal to own a firearm – any rifle with a clip or ANY pistol unless:

-It is registered
-You are fingerprinted
-You supply a current Driver’s License
-You supply your Social Security #
-You will submit to a physical & mental evaluation at any time of their choosing
-Each update – change or ownership through private or public sale must be reported and costs $25
-Failure to do so you automatically lose the right to own a firearm and are subject up to a year in jail.
-There is a child provision clause on page 16 section 305 stating a child-access provision. Gun must be locked and inaccessible to any child under 18.

The Government would have the right to come and inspect that you are storing your gun safely away from accessibility to children and fine is punishable for up to 5 yrs. in prison.

If you think this is a joke – go to the website and take your pick of many options to read this…
http://www.opencong ress.org/ bill/111- h45/text

It is long.  Help more people become aware of this …. Pass the word along.

Any hunters in your family – pass this along.

The best way to fight this is to tell all your friends about it and “spring into action”.

Consider joining a pro-gun group like the Colorado Rifle Association, hunting associations, gun clubs and especially the NRA.

This is just a “termite” approach to complete confiscation of guns and disarming of our society to the point we have no defense – chip away a little here and there until the goal is accomplished before anyone realizes it.

This is one to act on whether you own a gun or not.

The Second Amendment…America’s original Homeland Security

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I’ve printed this because I have absolutely no faith in our government. However, there is a more balanced view of this to be read here:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/blairholt.asp

Published in: on April 23, 2009 at 11:19 pm  Comments Off on Here We Go Again: HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009  
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Six Clothing Tips for Turkey Hunters

These are 6 clothing tips for turkey hunters.

Camo Wear Patterns 

Hunter's Face Veil

Hunter's Face Veil

 

 

Found some camo wear in the “Clearance” section of your store? BEWARE! Some of those ‘3-D camo’ and ‘movable leaves’  wear that you will find on clearance racks are a bad investment. Why?

If they move on a still morning, turkeys don’t wait to see why they moved. They quickly make tracks — in a different direction!

New Clothes Shine

Shiny new clothes may be great for church, but are a poor idea when hunting turkeys. Why? Turkeys have sharp eyes.  A shiny watch strap, glittery watch and reflections off of clothing are dead give-aways!

Keep in mind: Turkeys that survive the first weeks of hunting learn about shiny objects and hunters. They get smarter as the season wears on.

I’ve already written lots about what to use when washing your hunting wear. Mosey on over to UV Brighteners: We’ve Got the News, where I name names of the  products that will not add UV Brighteners to your clothing.

Critical Elements of Hunting Clothing

If your hunting clothing meets all of these criteria, your clothing will not impede your ability to  snag a turkey: comfortable, safe (nothing to hang up on branches, gun barrels, etc.), and silent (no noise, no matter how slight).

As a test:  Rub your clothing (pants legs or sleeves) together. Well-washed cotton garments generally are silent. However, some garments with lots of polyester can sound very loud!

Outerwear for Hunting

Some guides suggest “mix-and-match”  — green camo over brown camo (pants). In other words, they are suggesting you wear the same pattern, with differing colors.  There’s a lot of controversy about this idea.

I’m going to side-step it and suggest coveralls. They are versatile; on hot days,  wear a single layer cotton coverall.

On cold days, wear underlayers (of wool, cotton, whatever) for extra insulation.

Pockets

Another reason I like coveralls, is that they seem to have an endless supply of pockets — deep and roomy — to carry the endless list of “must-haves:” gloves, turkey tags, shells, calls, etc.

Face Nets vs. Black Make-Up

A few years ago, everyone wore black face makeup – to reduce face shine. Now, however, the trend is towards face veils or face nets.

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It’s a Pun-Filled Friday!

Thought for the Day:

grenades

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It’s Friday – Let’s Pun a Little!

Did you know  …

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds!

That those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end!

When an actress saw her first strands of gray hear, she thought she’d dye!

A plateau is a high form of flattery!

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat!

A lot of money is tainted! It taint yours and it taint mine.

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered!

A short fortuneteller who had escaped from prison was a small medium at large!

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis!

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion!

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Have a great weekend!

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Published in: on April 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm  Comments (2)  
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Absolutely Amazing! A Man with Time on his Hands!

Here are some amazing products from a man who used his time wisely!

Enjoy!

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wood-car-in-water-side

wood-car-going-bye-bye

wooden-carriage

 

wooden-horse

 

wooden-chairs

 

 

wooden-living-rm

 

wooden-hat-purse

 

wooden-closet

 

wooden-coat

 

wooden-dining-room

 

wooden-table

 

wooden-bedrm

woodie

 

woodie-inside

This info is wrong!

{I went to http://www.sambarcroft.com but could not find this site!

However, I Googled his name, Sam Barcroft and found:

http://www.dastank.com/Wooden-VW-Bug.htm

It says:

“Sam Barcroft from Italy made everything out of wood.”}

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The Following Info is Correct!

The Artist is Livio De Marchi

Click on his name to read his biography and see other work he’s done!

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A native of Venice, Livio De Marchi is well-known in Europe and Other Parts of the World!

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woodie-on-land

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Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 11:11 am  Comments (4)  
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Today’s Joke: Yoga from India vs. Yoga from Texas

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THERE ARE TWO BASIC TYPES OF YOGA

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1. YOGA FROM INDIA

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! = This version of the posture requires considerable strength in the neck, shoulders and back, requiring years of practice to achieve. It should not be attempted without supervision.

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Wait for it

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2. YOGA FROM TEXAS

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The Texas class is full for this session. I’ll get back to you when it opens up again!

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Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm  Comments (7)  
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Six Quick Turkey Hunting Tips

1) Where is the best area to hit a wild turkey?

This Threesome is Checking out the Neighborhood! *

Unless you enjoy picking pellets out of your downed turkey’s body, aim for the head/ neck area.

However, gobblers are a challenge — their brains (and your goal) — are the size of a walnut.

2) What if the gobbler doesn’t cooperate and make his head “available?”

Good point. I asked MDH* and he says he lets the bird pass him by and takes a shot at the bird (a) in flight or (b) from behind.

(a) The advantage here is that the bird has his wings out of the way and you may be able to get a head or body shot. You want the wing feathers out of the way because they are dense enough to repel (really!) or absorb the pellets –and walk away!

(b) This is even harder than (a) because turkeys are sharp-eyed. It is very difficult to remain absolutely still while a gobbler saunters past your hiding spot.

Remember, they are watching for movement. For more info, go to Survival Skills Turkeys Use to Stay Out of Your Oven .

3) “Turkeys show up where I’m not expecting. How do I prepare for the unexpected?”

Welcome to the joy of  turkey hunting! I consider them to be ‘noble adversaries’ because of this skill. Please refer to a previous post — Tips on Nabbing a Silent Gobbler!

This article has info on adapting to the surprising antics of turkeys.

4) How fast can gobblers move?

Don’t plan to out-run any gobbler you are hunting.  Turkeys can run as fast as 15 mph on the ground!  They can fly up to 55 mph!

5) How long can gobblers live?

Wild turkeys could live as long as their domesticated cousins, but few do. According to biologists, the wild ones rarely live past 5 years, while the domestic version can live into their teens!

6) What size shot is best for wild turkeys?

The short answer is 2’s – 4’s or 6’s. Of these, the 6’s give you the most pellets and the 2’s offer the largest pellets.  This is really a personal decision, based on your shotgun and your preference.

There’s a lot more to this issue and I’m nearly at 400 words. Therefore, go to Shotgun Shell Patterning.

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* MDH = My Dear Husband

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Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm  Comments Off on Six Quick Turkey Hunting Tips  
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Feral Pigs in Texas — 2 Million Strong and Increasing!

There’s been considerable interest in this 1800 lb. feral pig shot in Turkey (See my previous story: “Great Photos: That Wild Boar was Where?”)

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However, I just want to make you aware that we have plenty in Texas.  If you need one, come on by!

Now in Piggy Heaven! Now in Piggy Heaven!

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This is a recent article in a local paper about the damage that can be done when pigs go — ah — hog wild!

 

Mr. Rollins front yard!

Mr. Rollins front yard!

 

Feral hog makes mess of man’s yard

Thursday, January 22, 2009

By TJ Aulds / The Daily News

(This article is from  The Daily News, Galveston, TX — Texas’ Oldest Newspaper!)

TEXAS CITY — Irvin Rollins has a big problem with his yard. Make that a pig problem.

Irvin Rollins is upset by the damage feral pigs have caused to the front yard of his Texas City home.

The west Texas City resident claims that at least one very large feral hog has turned his yard into, well, a pigpen. His grass has been replaced by huge divots from the latest attack.

“I’m frustrated,” Rollins said. “I’ve called animal control, and they’ve told me they ain’t in the business of getting rid of hogs. I’m at my wit’s end.”

Rollins said he called the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and got little help. He called the police, who referred him to animal control.

After the second dinner rush on his lawn, Rollins bought feed for the hogs, but tainted it with stuff he thought would scare them away.

They came back for more.

“I’ve gone to feed stores figuring they would know somebody to call to get rid of the hog and they called back and told me if I ever find out how to get rid of them to let them know,” he said.

Rollins isn’t sure whether his yard was attacked by one hog or a herd. He has been unable to see his nemesis up close ….

Feral hogs are a problem not just in west Texas City, but practically everywhere in the state. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials estimate the state’s feral hog population tops 2 million.

“The increase in population and distribution is due in part to intentional releases, improved habitat, increased wildlife management and improved animal husbandry such as disease eradication, limited natural predators and high reproductive potential,” Texas wildlife biologist Rick Taylor wrote in a 2003 report on the feral hog problem.

Taylor describes feral hogs as opportunistic feeders, meaning their diet is based on availability. They eat everything from grass to insects. They will eat live mammals and birds if the opportunity arises.

Apparently, Rollins’ yard on Williams Drive has become a buffet of sorts. Three times in the past couple of months, in the early morning, a hog or group of hogs dined on what is in and under his lawn. The late-night dinner visits are a recent happening for Rollins, who has lived in his house for 35 years. Until two months ago, he had never had a hog problem.

While there are 10 more houses on Rollins’ block, the hogs seem interested only in his yard ….

Help may be on the way

George Fuller, the head of Texas City’s office of community development, has had some experience in dealing with feral hogs. When hogs were tearing up the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery on Interstate 45 last year, Fuller put together a hog eradication team and “fixed the problem.”

Taylor’s report suggests trapping the animal. However, biologists do not suggest taking them someplace to roam free.

Feral hogs are prolific breeders and can cause considerable damage,” Taylor wrote in his report. “They can destroy habitat, and compete directly or indirectly with all other species of wildlife.”

A search of Web sites found that many “experts” suggest the only good feral hog is a dead one.

Dead or alive, Rollins doesn’t care. He just wants his yard back and the hogs gone.

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And you thought YOU had lawn problems!

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Turkeys: The Best Time to Hunt

This article is written on the premise that you are hunting on public lands.

First Day

It’s a given that  public lands will be busy on opening day of turkey season –particularly if the season starts on a weekend. 

 

Avoid Shooting Gobblers In or Near Their Roosts!

 

If you are on public lands, you need to outsmart turkeys and other hunters!  This requires planning before the opening hours of turkey season.

Pre-Season Activities

Generally, topographical maps are available for national forests and other public lands.  This is an  important ally in your quest for a gobbler.

Before hunting season starts, you need to know where water is located and scout the trails on this land. Young turks like to have their roosts near water.

Listen for gobbling, look for roosts (in trees) and the strutting zones of gobblers. (There’s more info in Turkey Hunting : Pre-Season Work for Hunters).

MDH* recommends shooting a turkey no closer than 200 yards to where he roosts!  Watch where gobblers go after they jump down from their roosts and set-up in a likely spot for him to travel past you.

Remember, avoid shooting turkeys at or in their roosts!  Why? Turkeys will move elsewhere – permanently!

Hunting Pressure and Turkeys

“Hunting pressure” is an odd phrase but it is important to understand how turkeys respond to hunting pressure.

When there are lots of hunters trying their luck in a particular place, this ‘hunting pressure’ causes turkeys to become hard to kill. When turkeys have lots of exposure to hunters in a short period of time, they learn from those encounters.

Lots of hunters come to public hunting places in the early morning and are gone by 7:30 or so. By letting the turkeys settle back down for a couple of hours, many hunters are successful at 10 am (late morning)!

For more info, go to Not Bagging Your Turkey Limit? Maybe You Need to Sleep Later!”

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* MDH = My Dear Husband

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My “new” favorite bumper sticker:

“I’ll keep my money and my guns, and you can keep the CHANGE!”

(I love subtle digs!)

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