Went turkey hunting again with a buddy and we were both successful. We arrived before sunrise and could hear turkeys gobbling. Not sure if they were in the trees still or already on the ground. We found a good hiding spot, put out the decoys and began calling. Took about 20 minutes and we had 6 birds come in. They were apprehensive and didn't want to come all the way in. Took a bit of coaxing/calling to get them the last few yards. My Air Ranger was in my lap but the first bird of the day would belong to my buddy. It was his first turkey ever. He took the bird with a shotgun and the rest took off. After photos and some turkey carving we put the meat on ice and went back after them for my bird. On the next set up we had the turkeys coming in in just a few moments. I was backed up under a low hanging oak with my back to the trunk and my Air Ranger .25 sitting on the cross-sticks. We were slightly downhill from where the turkeys were gobbling as they came in. What a thrill it was to see their red heads bobbing through the grass coming toward us. They stopped near the decoys about 20 yards out. This time the turkey held his head very still and the JSB King clobbered him right between the ear and the eye. I don't know why it took me so long to give turkey hunting a try. This is a blast, literally! Turkeys with airguns adds a whole new dimension to hunting. I love it.
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Be careful. Most states it is not legal to take a turkey with an air gun. Be cautious in how you describe your hunt and where it was taken until you validate the local laws. Even here in Texas which is a pretty open state it is not legal to hunt turkey with an airgun.
is legal to hunt turkeys with an air rifle. California has lots of gun laws but it is ironic that it is also one of the most airgun friendly states. We can hunt all small game and all upland birds except the federally regulated doves with an airgun.
comments guys; especially on the photos. My buddy and I are both professional photographers as well as hunters. We actually have as much fun with the photos as the hunt itself. Here are a few of his turkey.
Re: Bow/airgun/rifire to the head=happy turkey eating. Shotgun=
April 19 2013, 2:07 AM
why would that happen?? i have killed a helluva lot of them with a 12 gauge, #5 shot and a tight turkey choke, aiming at the head. consistent kills to 50 yards and never found a pellet anywhere in the edible part of the bird!!! air rifles are not the only way to kill a turkey and still enjoy a good "safe" meal- they are just a fun way!
Wild ones are leaner than store bought...use a few strips of bacon on the breast while roasting for about 60% of the cooking time...adds flava and keeps moist not dry...you can tent it with foil afterwards and cook uncovered last 20 minutes for a final brown...or a nice tan!!
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