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Old 02-27-2012, 03:55 PM
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Ok what do I need?

I drew spring turkey again this year, (my third turkey tag 0 killed so far) I heve never given it a full out effort I see turkeys all the time and I always just figure ill shoot one when i happen upon one, well here I am on my third tag and still birdless. This spring I think ill give it an honest effort. What kind of call do you guys reccomend? slate? box? I have a diaphragm call and ill throw it away before i choke on it again. whats the best time of day to call?
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:03 PM
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Re: Ok what do I need?

Trim your diaphragm call with scizors.
I only use a diaphragm call, & have been very successfull.
There are guys who are actually well versed in Turkey calling, that recomends at least 1 of every call made to change it up for whatever the birds like.

I'm not above layin the smack down on a bird from ambush if they're not responding to calls tho, so, I guess I'm not a true Turkey hunter....

I can see how a deek could prove highly effective, but I haven't gone that far yet.

FOR THE FIRST THREE DAYS of the season, most turkeys make a grouse look intelligent. They truly are the DUMBEST birds on the planet.....UNTILL they get shot at once or twice. Then they get all "Super Spooky, Einstein bird, Navy Seal Thunder Chicken" on you, & you have to work for it. They learn QUICK, & can vanish if they here a call they figure is a trap. They quickly become the smartest, & stealthiest critters in the woods by day 4.

Easiest way for success in my experience is
Locate a roost tree
Show up Early, & quiet & get set up
If they're migrating toward you when they leave the roost, STAY QUIET.
Don't be afraid to keep shootin if it gets hit hard, & mysteriously revives & takes flight.... ya....... Another story for later...
On a simmilar note, I.M. is as light of a choke as is ever recomend. F. or X.F. is about perfect IMO, & X.X.F. is just too much.
I also prefer a long choke vs the short stubby flush to the end of your barrel ones. Imo, the longer chokes do a better job of consistant pattering of shot because of the long gradual taper vs cramming it all togather at the end. Just a thought.

Imo, best hours I've found for calling are first couple hours of daylight, & a couple hours till dusk before roost.

Go back a few pages on the Turkey hunting board, & read my story about "ever take a 3 year old turkey hunting...?"
It pretty much sums up every turkey hunt I've ever been on, & any that I have yet to experience. It's a riot, but make sure you don't mind being outsmarted more than once before you bag one
Good Luck Mike!
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:07 PM
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Re: Ok what do I need?

Tj thanks for the info, ill be using a very tight choke, aka 22-250 so no worries there. I am going to order a call or 2 and see what happens
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:34 PM
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Re: Ok what do I need?

Lucky @$%*&$##
We can't use centerfire in Oregon, or I'd have a different technique, & use my old 223wssm that I sold to my buddy!

Soooooo jealous!
Your gonna have fun bud!
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:38 PM
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Re: Ok what do I need?

Around here Mike they can't resist the sound of the auger on the feeder-come running every time! LOL. Best of luck.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:52 PM
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Re: Ok what do I need?

If I could use centerfire rifles in UT for turkey I wouldn't buy any calls. I've spotted them numerous times around 3 or 4 hundred yards away but they won't commit to calls and they spook before I can get within shotgun range. I'd just set up and ambush them in the morning
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:24 AM
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Re: Ok what do I need?

You are just doing head shots with the 22-250 aren't you? Anything in the body hard enough to not destroy meat won't kill fast enough and anything soft enough will distroy too much meat. I've seen some birds killed with 222 loaded down to about 2800 with a 55 gr. soft point and they didn't do to bad.

A good 12 gauge 3 or 3.5 inch extra full shotgun with some brand of the new "hevi" type shot in size 5 or 6 should come close to killing a bird with a head shot out to 50 yards. Souldn't be to much trouble to get one that close. I'd try a box or slate call, easy enough to learn and great sound out of either. Mouth calls take a bit more practice.
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