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Contributors to this thread:
MA-PAdeerslayer 01-Mar-22
Bowfreak 01-Mar-22
sitO 01-Mar-22
'Ike' (Phone) 01-Mar-22
Dale06 01-Mar-22
wisconsinteacher 01-Mar-22
Scoot 01-Mar-22
smarba 01-Mar-22
midwest 01-Mar-22
JohnMC 01-Mar-22
Pete-pec 01-Mar-22
Ziek 01-Mar-22
goyt 01-Mar-22
sheds 01-Mar-22
smarba 01-Mar-22
Missouribreaks 01-Mar-22
grossklw 01-Mar-22
MA-PAdeerslayer 01-Mar-22
smarba 01-Mar-22
t-roy 01-Mar-22
elkmtngear 01-Mar-22
Overland 01-Mar-22
Rock 01-Mar-22
milnrick 01-Mar-22
Grey Ghost 01-Mar-22
Zbone 01-Mar-22
TD 01-Mar-22
The rookie 01-Mar-22
drycreek 01-Mar-22
Grunt-N-Gobble 01-Mar-22
Stubbleduck 01-Mar-22
HUNT MAN 01-Mar-22
bigswivle 01-Mar-22
SB 01-Mar-22
Nimrod90 01-Mar-22
SIP 01-Mar-22
SIP 01-Mar-22
JTreeman 01-Mar-22
MA-PAdeerslayer 01-Mar-22
MA-PAdeerslayer 02-Mar-22
[email protected] 02-Mar-22
HDE 02-Mar-22
01-Mar-22
Ok so here’s a question, or two. What’s everyone’s go to for shooting turkeys. Gun or Bow, what broadhead or shell are you using

From: Bowfreak
01-Mar-22
Bow and and whatever large mechanical I have available. Currently will be Spitfire XXX and Trypans.

From: sitO
01-Mar-22
Bow and a three-blade Rage...yea I use a Rage...suck it

01-Mar-22
CarbonTech Whitetail and G5 Tekan…

From: Dale06
01-Mar-22
Bow for sure. BH is most any larger fixed. I’ve used Muzzy MX4, Slick Trick mag, Exodous, and Magnus Serazor. The past several years, I’ve used Serazor with great results.

01-Mar-22
#9 TSS handloads!!!

From: Scoot
01-Mar-22
Bow and bullheads.

From: smarba
01-Mar-22
Carbon Tech Whitetail with Magnus Bullhead 125. I switched to Bullheads maybe 5 years ago and am hooked on using them for turkeys. Like a shotgun...only better.

Honestly I don't know why so many of "us" turn to scatterguns for turkeys. To each their own, but for me the challenge of a bow is just so much fun. Sure I've had plenty of setups where I could have easily killed one with a shotgun but for a variety of reasons wasn't able to capitalize with a bow, but at the end of the day...it's only a bird. If something goes awry and I can't draw my bow, spook the bird, or branches preclude taking a shot...no big deal. It's not like I missed an opportunity to fill the freezer with a deer or elk or something that really makes a difference.

Forget "run and gun"..."GO AND BOW!!!"

From: midwest
01-Mar-22
Vortex 125 gr. 2.75" this year.

From: JohnMC
01-Mar-22
Atlatl

From: Pete-pec
01-Mar-22
I'll admit it, I killed a few with the bow, and lost a few more than I cared to do so, so I went back the the gun. If you want to say you've never lost one with the bow, you're either better than me, or don't hunt as much. Number 9 TSS is what I tried last year, and it thumps them. The only shame I ever feel, is when I lose one, not what I kill it with.

From: Ziek
01-Mar-22
Turkeys are just made for bowhunting.

BH depends on your set up. I shoot a large mechanical, but you have to have enough bow for that. Their wing feather quills are really tough, and the size, need to expend energy opening, angle of the blade, not to mention they usually end up bent and broken, and all that spent energy can also knock the bird over, really effecting penetration. With set-ups typical of many kids and women, I've seen the arrow bounce off. Because of that, my wife shoots her regular big game 3-blade, COC.

From: goyt
01-Mar-22
Bow and Bullhead.

From: sheds
01-Mar-22
Longbow bullhead.

From: smarba
01-Mar-22
Bullhead you don't lose them. They go down NOW.

01-Mar-22
More and more, the scoped and cocked long range crossbow is used for turkeys, generally with a tripod rest or shooting bench and vice.

From: grossklw
01-Mar-22
Turkeys were meant to be shot in the face with a shotgun. Only animal I just prefer to shoot them with a gun.

01-Mar-22
I’m interested in trying the TSS loads from a 410 I got. Got my son one and said why not and got two. I had heard and read great things on it especially with the TSS loads.

As far as bullheads, I’m curious. How do they fly?! Assuming there’s no “test” like shooting into a block target with a broadhead haha

From: smarba
01-Mar-22
Bullheads generally need longer and stiffer shaft, but with a little experimenting I have mine flying identical to fixed blade to 30 yards. What helped me was fletching them 6-fletch Blazer. I didn't want to use longer real feathers for a variety of reasons, but the additional fletching keeps them steered perfectly. And yes, you can practice on something soft like a pillow. Even better if you can hang it up so there is more "give" when the arrow hits it. It will still cut the crap out of the pillow, though. I flipped the blades backward for practice and generally can get several practice shots without any damage to the head. Now that my setup is dialed in, no need to practice with them.

From: t-roy
01-Mar-22
Another Bullhead fanboy, here. I haven’t sighted them in past 20 yds, but they fly great out to that distance. To sight them in, I’ve used old fiberfill pillows stuffed into a cardboard box. They don’t withstand a ton of shots, but enough to easily get sighted in. I’ve also used old seat cushions from a junk couch, as well.

From: elkmtngear
01-Mar-22
Archery, with a big Mech.

Sometimes, where I hunt them (Public Land), they don't exactly cooperate. I took this one at 20 plus yards, when he was in the act of walking away. Plus, shooting bare bow, taking a head/neck shot past 15 yards or so, is out of my comfort zone.

From: Overland
01-Mar-22
I use a Benelli and TSS. Last season was my first paying the high price for TSS but I was extremely impressed with the results. Check out BOSS and Apex for high-quality TSS. Federal also makes great TSS loads. It feels a little odd loading a $12 shell but when it comes down to it, turkey hunting doesn't use many shells and $12 is extremely cheap in comparison to everything else we carry out there in the turkey woods.

From: Rock
01-Mar-22
Recurve a good friend made for me and 125 grain Bullheads and/or 150 grain Magnus I, 4 blade heads.

From: milnrick
01-Mar-22
G5 Tekan2 or Deadmeat, occasionally I'll break out the 12 gauge with #4s.

Never had a long beard complain about either.

From: Grey Ghost
01-Mar-22

Grey Ghost's embedded Photo
Grey Ghost's embedded Photo
Black Widow recurve with German Kenetics 2-blades.

Matt

From: Zbone
01-Mar-22
41 projectiles of #4 buckshot out of a 3" 12ga mag works...8^) If ya miss the head and neck area with the first shot of birdshot your going to be shooting at a running or flying bird, and #4 buck will crumble them on the fly like a black bird...

From: TD
01-Mar-22
Doesn't it hurt to git slapped in the back of the head with a 6 fletch arra after chopping up all of Coach's pillows?

From: The rookie
01-Mar-22
Curious to you guys with a bow, are you guy's 'run and gun' hunting or mainly blind hunting? I sure have a hard time getting it done outside of a blind myself with the bow.

From: drycreek
01-Mar-22
When I was bowhunting turkeys, I used a Rocket Hammerhead. I think I killed a couple with Grim Reapers too, and when I was deer hunting and turkeys showed up, they were killed with whatever fixed blade I was using. Where I was hunting it was legal to kill hens, the bag limit was four turks per year, and I usually killed two hens in the fall and saved two tags for spring. Fall hens were grocery shopping but I dearly loved to bowhunt spring gobblers. I’m relegated to a shotgun now, and I shoot Winchester Premium copper plated #5s from a Beretta AL 390 but it ain’t near as much fun. :-(

01-Mar-22
My own handloaded 3" 12ga TSS shells in #8.5 & #9 shot. Not my load recipes mind you. I also started loading 20ga shells for my son.

I freaking love chasing turkeys with a gun. I should really start hunting other states.

From: Stubbleduck
01-Mar-22
Bow and still using Gobbler Guilliotine broadhead. So far as I can tell the original manufacturer is no longer in business. I have a good supply of extra blades purchased several years ago so I'm still OK. I have seen what I assume is a VERY CHEAP Chinese knockoff of the Guilliotine but don't know anything about them. If and when I run out of blades I'll probably switch to Bullheads. I like the "Hit or Miss" system inherent in the Guilliotine / Bullhead broadheads.

From: HUNT MAN
01-Mar-22
Rocket hammerheads for me!! Can’t wait!

Longbeard #6 is hard to beat !

From: bigswivle
01-Mar-22
Wife is up to bat first this year( 20 gauge) youngest daughter next and then if I get time I’ll pull out the Hoyt and the schwackers!!!

From: SB
01-Mar-22
Same as everything else I've killed....Bear Razorhead WITH the bleeder installed!

From: Nimrod90
01-Mar-22
I'm a run and gun guy, don't much like sitting in a blind for em, old school mossberg 835 shooting 3.5 inch Winchester longbeard # 5s , and outfitted with a limbsaver recoil pad ;) .

From: SIP
01-Mar-22
Ive killed a half dozen with the bow, all easterns, 4 with over the top mechanicals and 2 with bullheads. 5 from blind setups. One i killed blindless, i thought they were jakes, dont usually shoot jakes but thought if i can kill one with the bow without a blind, that would be a dang great feat here in my heavily hunted area of Pa.

I circled around them, wanted to put the decoy out to help hokd their attention but was afraid to be seen and blow the gig. Stood next to a tree in some shade about 5 yards in the woods and called them in gobbling. Thats when i saw the hangdown danglin on each one of em and i thought…crap, i really screwed this up, im never going to pull this off. Long story short, i was able to het drawn and the bullhead found its mark and it was soooooo awesome.

Ive seen guys do it out west and i hate to be that guy, but you arent stalking to bowrange of heavily hunted easterns with any kind of regularity. I was dang lucky that day….I will say that with a body broadhead, i never would have taken the shot as they strutted in and moved constantly for the minute or so they were in bowrange at 25 yards. They started getting nervous when they werent seeing the hen and as they got ready to ease out, i led him the distance i thought i needed to and squared him in the neck. It was head/neck dead turkey or a miss with the bullhead, that allowed me to take the shot….

Its been a few years since i have killed one with the bow and though i used to be about 80% bow and 20% gun i have since just started to enjoy more moving around, chasing them and running and gunning versus sitting in the blind. So now im around 90/10 gun hunting them. And i love it. Its the same beautiful sunrises, beautiful sounds and wiley quarry. I just cam reach out n touch em a little better As usual, HuntMan knows whats up…that longbeard #6 can git it done…..;^)

From: SIP
01-Mar-22
Second that Nimrod…limsaver sissy pad on the 12 ga for me too…. Until my new retay 20 ga rolls in next month….

From: JTreeman
01-Mar-22
Last couple years I’ve been shooting Vortex 2.75” expandables. This year I have switched to Dead Ringer Super Freak. Same 2.75” cut. Nothing wrong with the Vortex, but I made a personal choice to not support them any longer.

—jim

01-Mar-22
Something about chasing them with the gun that gets me goin.. however this year is the year I’m all in on filling both of my tags with the bow.

02-Mar-22
Something about chasing them with the gun that gets me goin.. however this year is the year I’m all in on filling both of my tags with the bow.

02-Mar-22

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
killed over 60 toms turkeys and 100 geese with these NAP Shockwaves, 125 gr. Just keep on giving. Tough, easy to re-sharpen for birds, or replace blades.
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
killed over 60 toms turkeys and 100 geese with these NAP Shockwaves, 125 gr. Just keep on giving. Tough, easy to re-sharpen for birds, or replace blades.

From: HDE
02-Mar-22
Shotgun. 12 or 20 gauge whichever suits me at the time. Hunting with a bow where I hunt birds is just not practical.

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