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Contributors to this thread:
Pat Lefemine 01-May-17
Corn bore 01-May-17
IdyllwildArcher 01-May-17
Hawkeye 01-May-17
Rickm 01-May-17
Brotsky 01-May-17
trackman 01-May-17
tradmt 01-May-17
Matt Rehor 01-May-17
Cazador 01-May-17
drycreek 01-May-17
Carcajou 01-May-17
Chief 419 01-May-17
Pat Lefemine 01-May-17
writer 01-May-17
Ned mobile 01-May-17
Steve Leffler 01-May-17
t-roy 01-May-17
EmbryOklahoma 01-May-17
WV Mountaineer 01-May-17
Ermine 01-May-17
Jaquomo 02-May-17
JTV 02-May-17
Florida Mike 02-May-17
Hawkeye 02-May-17
Dino 02-May-17
Beav 02-May-17
APauls 02-May-17
wilbur 02-May-17
Brotsky 02-May-17
Fuzzy 02-May-17
Fuzzy 02-May-17
Keef 02-May-17
Mark Watkins 02-May-17
Bowfreak 02-May-17
deaver25btb 02-May-17
Medicinemann 02-May-17
Shiloh 02-May-17
Brotsky 02-May-17
Pat Lefemine 02-May-17
Killbuck 02-May-17
Jtek 02-May-17
stick33 02-May-17
LesWelch 02-May-17
Vonfoust 02-May-17
Cazador 02-May-17
Windwalker 02-May-17
Scoot 02-May-17
Bake 02-May-17
Brotsky 02-May-17
Bowfreak 02-May-17
WV Mountaineer 02-May-17
Pope125 02-May-17
Shiloh 02-May-17
Jaquomo 02-May-17
Shiloh 03-May-17
Mad Trapper 03-May-17
Franzen 03-May-17
Dyjack 03-May-17
Shiloh 03-May-17
Two Feathers 03-May-17
From: Pat Lefemine
01-May-17

Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Frame from video - arrow is at the top of the frame.
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Frame from video - arrow is at the top of the frame.
Called in three mature toms this morning to 8 yards, rushed the shot and went low through the feathers. I can't believe I screwed up such an easy shot. I don't know why turkey's make me come unglued.

From: Corn bore
01-May-17
Hmmmmm..... Didn't something like this happen last year? But 8 yards.....really. I think you need to get out more often. Beautiful birds and they are still around.

01-May-17
Calling in animals has a way of lighting up the guts...

From: Hawkeye
01-May-17
Great pic and definitely been there Pat :)

From: Rickm
01-May-17
Missed at 9 yards but 8, really?

From: Brotsky
01-May-17

Brotsky's embedded Photo
Brotsky's embedded Photo
Your kindred spirit sitting here doing her homework says that's not too bad, I missed at 6!! Ha!

From: trackman
01-May-17
? did you pick a spot (NO ) I THINK

From: tradmt
01-May-17
I think the closest can be the easiest to miss. Next time. :)

From: Matt Rehor
01-May-17
Turkeys with the bow always get me too!! Keep after em... you'll get em!!

From: Cazador
01-May-17
One word, "Bullhead"

From: drycreek
01-May-17
Ain't no big thing. At least you got a shot. Since we don't have any turkeys where I live, I only get to go once a year now, and we went to an unknown place this year, never even unloaded the truck. Probably wasn't a turkey within ten miles..........Ima do better next year though !

From: Carcajou
01-May-17
Sometimes those close 8-12 yard shots end in shooting just over the backs..its happened to me more than I'd like to count...perhaps its the depth perception inside the Double Bull Blind..afraid to shoot thru the fabric or window frame? I dunno...keep after em, it'll happen!

From: Chief 419
01-May-17
Maybe he jumped the string? Surely no one would challenge that reason :)

From: Pat Lefemine
01-May-17
No string jump. I slowed down the video and clearly hit low through the feathers. No excuses other than I failed to pick the right spot.

From: writer
01-May-17
Thanks for the honesty, Pat. Me, too, on the excitement and I've shot more than most. "There are two kinds of turkey hunters....those who've missed,...and those who lie." Mix the excitement of calling them in, with all that goes into pulling off a good bow shot,...and shizz happens.

01-May-17
I say hunt corn fields

01-May-17
Been there done that....

From: t-roy
01-May-17
Better stick to food plots Pat!

01-May-17
Thought this thread was going to be about me. Sorry for your misfortune Pat. Get em next time.

01-May-17
Loser.

Seriously, It's just like with a shotgun. Sometimes they are too close. I've always wandered why everyone tries to get them to 10 yards. That's a harder shot than 20 any day. Set the decoy's out there at 18 to 20 yards and kill them every shot. God Bless

From: Ermine
01-May-17
I'm with you Pat! I can kill pin wheel a big mature bull elk or mulie buck and be very calm. Yet can have an 18 pound bird come in and I loose it and whiff shots! Darn turkeys

From: Jaquomo
02-May-17
Ummmmm.... No you didn't. Yes, I did. With a Bullhead a couple weeks ago at 8 yards when I, too, rushed the shot.

From: JTV
02-May-17
well........... at least it wasnt an Elk .....

From: Florida Mike
02-May-17
I'm a stone cold killer with a whitetail, but them turkeys tho.... I missed at 18 yards then my second shot he was at 22 yards! I was shaking like a dog passing peach seeds! Mike

From: Hawkeye
02-May-17
LOL MIKE!!!

From: Dino
02-May-17
Great thread. Thanks for being so honest Pat. I've been bit bad by the turkey bug...I'd hate to tell you guys how many miles and how many hours I've spent driving and sitting for these sillly things!!!

From: Beav
02-May-17
It happens!!

From: APauls
02-May-17
Ha ha you are one pathetic LOSER Lloyd!

From: wilbur
02-May-17
12 gauge fix everything.

From: Brotsky
02-May-17
Out of curiosity, how many of you guys practice at 10 yards? I sit on a chair in my basement and pound a turkey target at 8-9 yards for 3-4 weeks before the season. It really seems to help. I know I've cleaned up my turkey killing considerably over the past 10 years by doing this. Maybe 9-12 arrows a few nights per week, takes 10-15 minutes. I know we all think "it's 10 yards, how hard can it be?" I was guilty of the same thing.

From: Fuzzy
02-May-17
aw man, anybody will blow a shot once in awhile.

From: Fuzzy
02-May-17
aw man, anybody will blow a shot once in awhile.

From: Keef
02-May-17
Pat it sounds like turkeys have the curse on you like elk did for so many years. :)

From: Mark Watkins
02-May-17
Pat,

Redemption will be oh so sweet!!!

Mark

From: Bowfreak
02-May-17
Not only that Brotsky but how many shoot their bow at 5-6 yards and know exactly what pin to shoot? It sounds simple but it is often overlooked.

I leave my slider set on 40 yards and set my decoy at 5-7 yards.

From: deaver25btb
02-May-17
I've missed twice this year!!!!!

From: Medicinemann
02-May-17
Next time, keep at least one eye open.....

From: Shiloh
02-May-17
Turkeys were made by the Lord above to be shot with a shotgun. Trust me......they are the only animal in the world that I don't care to hunt with archery equipment. Bring on the tar and feathers!!

From: Brotsky
02-May-17
Blasphemy Shiloh! I've said a million times I think that turkeys were put on this earth to be shot with a bow and arrow! Ha!

From: Pat Lefemine
02-May-17
Shiloh, my son Pat feels the same way. He's more into bows than guns, but he loves running and gunning for toms. There is little margin of error on gobblers with archery gear and when you look at the kill zone its no bigger than a baseball - tops.

From: Killbuck
02-May-17
Don't worry...Old one eye will get him!

From: Jtek
02-May-17
In my experience, once they commit and come to the decoys, you have all the time in the world. Take an extra few seconds to calm down and relax. Bury that pin and squeeze that shot off slowly. I'm 12 for 12 but I am sure my misses and/or bad hits are still going to happen.

From: stick33
02-May-17
I've screwed up on more than I care to admit under 10 yds. Big toms still rattle the crap out of me and I've taken plenty. I've switched to Bullheads. Made a deal with myself that I'm not going to lose another bird.

From: LesWelch
02-May-17
Loser, boy you hit that right on the head! LOL

They sure are something! Were you in a blind, or just concealed? Can't wait to get back out here in Wisconsin.

From: Vonfoust
02-May-17
Turkey void. Stick with that.

From: Cazador
02-May-17
One thing about those headshots, it makes you focus. Those birds above with a Bullhead would be in trouble. Plus, no damage to the meat.

At 6-8 yes, pretty hard to miss. Aim right at the red on all of them. Keeps the end from going off.

From: Windwalker
02-May-17
That is okay Pat. I hit one in the body with a Bullhead @ 10 yards. I was shaking so bad and I rush the shot. Turkey fever gets me too and does not get better with age.

From: Scoot
02-May-17
Pat, shoot them in the head with a bullhead. I know you said you "don't get it" in the past regarding head shots. The size of the target is one part of the equation with a turkey, but the inability to locate it is another. However, it's dang easy to locate the head and neck of a turkey. Problem solved.

From: Bake
02-May-17
That picture alone raises my heart rate!

Every year I wonder why I'm not more of a turkey guy, because I sure love chasing them for a few days each spring. And I must agree with Shiloh, springtime toms were made to be chased around and kaboomed with a shotgun! :)

From: Brotsky
02-May-17

Brotsky's embedded Photo
Brotsky's embedded Photo
Here you go Pat...you can thank me later! :)

From: Bowfreak
02-May-17
That's one thing I don't like about Bullheads is trying to get them to hold their heads still. My daughter had one pecking violently at our decoy and it moved it's head more than a hog does on a corn feeder. Only body shots for me.

I agree with Brotsky....I don't think there is an animal more Taylor made for bowhunting than turkeys.

02-May-17
Fellas, you are subconsciously rushing the shot due to the close range. Get it out there far enough that you aren't afraid they'll see the breath leave your mouth and they are easier to kill. you'll slow down, be much more calm, and execute instead of being in a hurry and excited to get the shot off. God Bless men

From: Pope125
02-May-17
Been bowhunting for 42 years , there is never a slam dunk shot in archery .

From: Shiloh
02-May-17
I really love to turkey hunt and I am currently right in the middle of chasing the US Slam. I have killed a handful with a bow, but I sure do love to see that shot make him flop, so I'd have to agree with your son Pat!! We are flying into Albany Friday morning to try to get to as many northern states as possible in a week. VT and NH are probably first, but we may end up in Connect I Cut. Probably gonna be running from poor weather!

From: Jaquomo
02-May-17
They sure flop when a Bullhead hits 'em. Down-and-out!

From: Shiloh
03-May-17
I agree Jaq......I shot mine with a spitfire and it was deadly. Only had one try to get away. My only problem is that the bow takes away from the run n gun like Pat talked about and that is why I love yo hunt them. I actually never used a blind, but instead used a bowsniper bow blind. I don't even know if they are still around.

From: Mad Trapper
03-May-17
I have a confession. I agree with Shiloh. Turkeys are the only thing that I hunt with a gun anymore, except for groundhogs. Don't get much thrill shooting them from a blind. Have done that and got the Tee shirts to prove it. Shooting them with archery gear without a blind is a different proposition and a low odds one for me at that. Our birds have been chased and called to since late February. Despite what the PA Game Commission feeds us, our population in my part of the state is and has been in decline while hunter numbers increase. No, I will use a shotgun to take my bird. No apologies here.

From: Franzen
03-May-17
Lower odds is kinda the point with bowhunting... whether it's big game, varmints, wingshooting, or turkeys. I like chasing them with the bow, even if it means my odds of connecting are low. I might bring the gun back if I go on a long 0'fer streak.

Where is your POI at 8 Pat? On my setup I'm still a tad high at the range, but drop a yard or two and my 20 is dead on. The good news is that it is hard to wound on a miss (more air balls and few non-lethal hits), and if you hit something that makes them bleed decent they will probably die. The key I think is to be sure you don't scare the crap outta them after the shot, and just make sure you look thoroughly. Of course there are always exceptions!

I'm sure the next time around will be different. Good luck!

Oh btw, I missed one this year too, but he was just a bit further than 8.

From: Dyjack
03-May-17
Pat, I did the same thing a couple weeks ago. Missed a big tom at 35 yards. Couldn't keep my s**t together and guessed instead of waiting for him to come in closer.

From: Shiloh
03-May-17
Nothing to do with odds for me. Just not something I care to do with a bow. Did it exclusively for two years before it was the thing and I just don't enjoy it. Nothing against those that do though.

From: Two Feathers
03-May-17
Just write it off as turkey fever.

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