Here in Oklahoma, we can rifle hunt them in the Fall season only. Some of the Western birds can stay a long way from any viable ambush points, so a rifle comes in real handy. Spring time is shotty only.
Here in Wv you can hunt them with a rifle except youth days for spring gobbler . I’ve personally killed them with 17 Mach 2 , 17 hmr, 17 wsm, 22, 22 mag , 17 Remington , 204 ruger , 222 rem, 223, 243, 7mm08 , 30-30 , 30-06, killed multiple birds with shotguns compound bow and crossbows .
With all these I’ve only ever really messed up breast meat one time. And that was due to a poor shot made by me first shot was a complete miss easy chip shot too he jumped up on a log about 3 feet off ground facing away from me . I hurried and shot him in the middle of the back instead of up high at the base of neck. Still was able to have well over 2/3 of breast meat. It was also the only one I’ve shot with the 7mm08.
There’s nothing like calling in a gobbler in the spring to within feet for sure. But I won’t pass up a turkey dinner when the opportunity presents itself either. Kill em and grill em that’s my motto on turkeys if season is in
Well of coarse dedicated turkey hunters will for the most part frown on hunting them with a rifle.
But as they age and develop health issues of their own, some at least have a mind change on it.
In the early 70s i bought a Tikka combination 12gauge, 222, over under design with a see thru scope mount with a low power scope. Thinking it would also serve for taking at least the dumber grouse. While i did manage to take a couple turkey and a few grouse with it, it really wasent very good at either in my opinion.
First off, the one you first go for could end up being missed, but here comes another and guess what, your gun isnt loaded. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda. So now i just use a scope sighted 223 with a detachable magazine resting on the dashboard, and at 85 im still hunting and shooting turkey.
At least thats what i call it, others can call it what ever they like.
I’m totally against it. Not because of it being easy or not giving the bird a shooting chance, but because no one wears orange like they do deer hunting. People get shot every year across the country with shotguns Turkey hunting by someone not smart enough to know what they’re shooting or what is on the other side of there target. Folks have decoys that look real and “cooning” or “fanning” toms is very popular today. Can you imagine having a rifle ball come flying into your set up from across a clear cut out from down the road from some fool? It’s happened to me here in Fl and let me tell you it’s scary. Thankfully I didn’t get hit and thankfully neither did my son who was 5 at the time. Nothing the guy did was “illegal” but thankfully after that our hunting club made it against the rules to use a rifle in gobbler season. I know the same possibility exists with deer hunting but at least normally folks are wearing orange majority of the time. But rifles and turkey hunting should never mix. Public or private, don’t matter. I know we all want an upper hand but sometimes we need to limit things. If you want a turkey so bad you need a rifle, the grocery stores will help you fill that tag without it. Besides with today’s loads like TSS I can take a bird easily at 50 yds with a 20 gauge.