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Discussion in 'Bowhunting forum' started by Daniel00, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Daniel00

    Daniel00 Junior Member

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    hi im a new hunter and goes for wild turkeys. I was thinking of using a bow but thers told me a shotgun would be better. is using a bow really requires certain skills?or practice still makes perfect? Thanks!
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

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    Are you saying your new at turkey hunting or new at bowhunting?
     

  3. Daniel00

    Daniel00 Junior Member

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    both..new to turkey hunting..and im considering what to use a bow or a shotgun..they say that since im a newbie at hunting i would rather use a shotgun..nevr used a bow before..i think it requires more skills..
     
  4. killbambidead

    killbambidead bambi killer

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    id use shotgun because it is easier
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, if your new to bowhunting, start with the shotgun. Turkeys are small animals and you need to make a good hit if you want to recover them.

    That said, if your hunting from a blind and know your effective range, turkey hunting with a bow is really a challenge.
     
  6. Daniel00

    Daniel00 Junior Member

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    thanks..maybe i can consider big game hunting if i'm already good at it :D
    that seems interesting but i have to learn more.. what shot size can do well for turkeys?
     
  7. Home-a-lite

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    Most folks like 5 or 6 for turkey. I shot my first gobbler this year using #4 shot (hevi-shot). The 3 inch shell rolled him at 35 yards.

    Hunting larger game with a bow is probably better for beginners. But you know your abilities better than us. Good luck.
     
  8. Daniel00

    Daniel00 Junior Member

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    wow..that's a nice shot! ok il better check the regulations here in utah bout the shot size..Thanks..i think in whatever way, practice always helps :rockon:
     
  9. Daniel00

    Daniel00 Junior Member

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    what shotgun can you recommend?on brands and models..:noidea:
    Thanks!
     
  10. big scores

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    I use a 30-30 to get those west nile birds off my property.:tape:
     
  11. Daniel00

    Daniel00 Junior Member

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    ok..any brand? is it ok for a #4 or #5 shot size?
     
  12. killbambidead

    killbambidead bambi killer

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    get a 12 gauge that can take 3.5 inch shells and make sure u dont buy a shiny 1 because a turkey will see the gun
     
  13. Home-a-lite

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    Killbambidead has given you good advice. You don't have to shoot 3.5 inch shells, but get a gun capable of it.
    Check your regulations concerning shot size. The lower the number the larger the pellet. So a 3 inch shell with 1.25 ounce #6 shot will have more pellets than the same shell with #4 shot. Practice with different brands, get a good turkey choke and see which one your gun patterns the best.

    I like Mossberg shotguns for a good combination of durablity and price, but their are many good brands (Benelli, Remington, etc.) I have a Mossberg 835(pump). The 935 is semi-auto.
    Like bows in archery, you need to find one that feels good to you.