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Shot my first turkey today

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by HOOfan_1, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    I've been turkey hunting for about 22 years now, and this is my first turkey. I shot one with a .30-06 once (while deer hunting), but could never find it after it flew away (know I hit hit though). I've shot at maybe 2 or 3 more, but the underbrush was too thick...and after that I have passed up numerous shots.

    I go in the spring, and during the fall, I mostly look for them while deer hunting. I was deer hunting today and was loaded with #1 buckshot. About 10 minutes after I sat down I heard the tell tale LOUD noises of turkey flying through the woods, and about 15 of them lit in the trees around me. The closest one to me was in a tree about 30 yards away and he was about 70 feet up in the tree. About 5 minutes after he lit in the tree I hear dogs well up the creek from me, and then I hear crashing of leaves. About 100 yards away from me a group of at least 20 turkeys were running at full speed through the woods....so now I have seen about 35-40 turkeys in 8 minutes. I started making clucking noises (with my mouth) and the one in the tree closest to me flies out of his tree to within maybe 20 yards of me. 1 shot and he was down. I am sure that was enough, but he flopped a few times, and I like to make the kill quick, so I went ahead and shot again.

    When he was way up in the tree...I could have sworn he had a nice 5-7 inch beard (both sexes are legal to shoot in fall). After I got to him though, I saw no beard and concluded it was a hen...until I saw the snood and the tail feathers. Then I found his beard...maybe 2.5-3 inches. His spurs were just bumps at this point. I estimated he weighed about 15-18 pounds. My home scale with is not very accurate said 14lb.....so I am sticking with around 15 pounds.



    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  2. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    dude! - first turkey! You ought to be smiling... congrats... (I'm still workin' on my first one...)
  3. BK

    BK Well-Known Member


    I'll be grinning when I shoot my first turkey. I've hunted them but haven't even laid eyes on a wild turkey in my entire life. Good job.
  4. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    My dad took the pictures....he takes forever to frame up a shot and didn't exactly tell me when he was about to take it

    Where do you live? They are pretty common in Central Virginia. I have actually seen them in my fairly populated neighborhood before.
  5. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    every time I sit in my deer stand turkeys out the wazoo come along and eat my corn, overrun with them....nuisance, I got to get out of my stand and run em off.....wouldnt waste time on them, tougher than leather to eat.
  6. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    22 years! Persistent feller, aintcha?

    Congratulations! (You do look bored to tears) :p
  7. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    Every turkey I shot with a rifle (2 total) blew apart and were total garbage afterwards. High speed expanding center-fire rifle cartridges are not the preferred turkey medicine. ;)
  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Excellent! I've shot ONE in my lifetime, during spring season when I was in a hunting club and they had a good ranch. All private in Texas, hard to get a lease and I don't pay the prices they want for day hunting 'em. If I hunt 'em again, it'll be with a .22 mag and solids. I do have good selections in shotguns, just prefer rifles and they're legal on Rio Grandes in Texas.
  9. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    I was deer hunting, but turkey were in season and I saw this one about 100 yards away. I think the big problem was that there was no resistance...and the bullet passed right through without doing much damage. He flew off into some really thick pines and I chased him for an hour, but never could catch up to him...I heard him flying away when I got to within 20 yards of him. Eventually night time stopped the tracking.

    I've actually thought about hunting them with a rifle in spring (it is legal in Virginia) going for a head shot in the 30 yard range. There is a poster on here who is pretty successful with a .22 Hornet on turkey
  10. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member


    If you can legally use military ball ammo in Va., it will do the trick IF you hit him in the vitals or break his neck/back. The expanding ammo will blow them up if you hit something solid or pass through a place of little resistance and let them go off and die somewhere in the woods. .22 magnums are very good medicine if legal.
  11. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    In Virginia even air rifles are legal for Turkey. I would more likely go .22 Magnum, .22 Hornet, .222, .223 or 17 HMR though.

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