Not exactly long range, but there is a scarcity of kill pics this time of year on this site. I tried out the Remington 12 ga HeviShot 1.5 oz #6 this year, worked like a charm. I heard this tom gobbling at about 0930 about 100 yds away this morning (opening morning for Missouri), set up under a tree and voice called. He came into view in about 2 or 3 minutes, but hung up at about 50 yards strutting and gobbling. I didn't have a decoy, and he was looking for the hen. I have killed birds at 50 yds before, but would rather have them closer. I only gave a few quiet yelps over the next 20 minutes, and he finally moved closer. My leg was cramping up, and I decided to shoot when he was about 40 yds. Definite bang flop, flop, flop some more. This was my 25th spring tom shot with my trusty Mossberg 835 Ultimag. I used to use 3.5" shells but the recoil was fearsome (way more than a .375 H&H which is the biggest rifle I have ever shot). I can highly recommend this shotgun. It is cheap and reliable. I would recommend a set of adjustable metal fiberoptic sights. Enjoy the pic and lets see some more turkey pics!
The critters have to win every time, I only have to win once.
I have been out for three days including this morning and got nothing to take a picutre of. The dogwoods are in bloom and all the little spring peepers and the cardinals are singing their lungs out and it is just good to be out in the woods. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so I will go back on Wednesday I guess.
I use a Browning Gold with 3.5 inch Hevi shot. The auto absorbs some of the recoil but I still usually will take a tylenol or two afterwards.
I blasted one a week or so ago in Texas. I just can't get excited about turkeys, simple as that. Not even close to interested. Nada. Nothing there. About like watching pudding thicken. I know, it is a huge challenge to outwit a wiley gobbler, but what the hell - it's only a turkey!!! So what if the spurs are 3/8ths of an inch long and the necktie or whatever the hell they call those hairs are something like 27 inches long? Plus, there is hardly any meat on them compared to the hulks you can buy at the meat counter. Plus, you have to get up about five hours before first light, so you can go out and get covered in ticks, maybe sit on some cactus or sand-burs, plus get chiggers and maybe have an eye-ball to eye-ball encounter with a rattler. Anyhow, back to my recent hunt. The guide was somewhat shocked when I told him I had very little interest in a turkey other than to try the neat new turkey gun and loads, and to enjoy the number of birds, sounds, early morning stuff and the excitement that the other hunters experienced. I was not in it for the meat...
We were cruising looking for javelina etc. when we saw a big gobbler making a complete fool of himself out in the next pasture - he was all but jumping a hen and had two others he was trying to impress. Bottom line - after a grueling two hundred yard stalk with the F-250 I got out and yelped a couple of times when I brushed against some cactus or some other damned pointed vegetation. Damn turkey wanted to jump the hen, matter of fact he did while I was loading the shotgun. He totally ignored my presence for some reason... Guide did some kind of squawking and said to shoot when his head is extended outward. Damn bird kept his head close to his body for - about twenty seconds, maybe twenty five... Then he crowed or gobbled or made some turkey noise that either said he was in love-lust or he could give a damn about me standing alonside a fence post trying to hide the Ford F-250 parked ten feet behind me. Anyhow, eventually he stuck his neck out, so I aimed the brand new full camo'd turkey smacker (had a vent rib and two beads for some reason - hell I always thought shotguns had one bead), loaded with some kind of #5 shot out of a box with turkeys printed all over it, and I blotched out his head and fired. Damn bird took off like I had just shot over his head - which is what I had just done. Reflexes took over and I cranked the pump and just let one fly as he ran to the right about as fast as a horned-up but somewhat surprised turkey can scramble. Second shot was not aimed, it just let go - shotgun went off by itself. Damned if the pattern centered that old bird's head - he went down like he had just taken a load of #5 shot into the motor-nerves. Fact is, he had. First shotgun turkey, others I have shot with rifles. After my heart stopped pounding - maybe 0.36 of a second, I shucked out the empty, put the big shotgun on safe and walked over to the bird. Took a few photos and went back to rifle hunting. Guide's grandmother loves turkey so I gave it to her - thought that was a nice thing to do.
Later I did enjoy listening to a hunter call in a gobbler with a neat succession of different sounds - hen and gobbler calls that suckered him in. We could hear both the real turkey and the lady hunter for some time - then BOOM and a girlie yell. She did a fine job, called that bird into range from some distance. I sat in the f-250 chewing on some jerky, sucking cold bottled water while the performance went on. That was good, as long as the truck was not too infested with ticks.
No turkey yet, have been blasting the crap out of coyotes, shot a male yesterday at 42 steps, 3in win #6 1 7/8 oz. I was thinking that it would pepper him. It flattened him out. Today was walking an old logging road trying to get a gobble, stopped and let out a series of yelps, out of the corner of my eye saw a flash of fur. I figured out that it was a coyote headed straight at me. All I had to do was place my left should on a tree that would help break my outline and waited. At about 21 steps I yelped, placed the front bead between her eyes and pulled the trigger. The coyotes head was drove back into her shoulders, took the whole pattern head on. I was using an angle port choke tube with a .655 constriction. From the looks of her head the pattern was no bigger than four inches across. Since Monday I have seen 18 coyotes, I am going to have to start hunting them more if I am going to keep turkey hunting. Bad thing is that you can not hunt them before turkey season. I will try to get some pictures if I run into any more. Oldfamily