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Question by Drock. Uploaded on December 12, 2009
A shotgun. 20 gauge or 12 gauge. In the spring you try to call them using hen calls. I go around and try to find a gobbler. And when i finally hear one i set up and start calling..box calls..mouth calls anything.
You should use a 12ga shotgun, num 5's or 6's BB's. You should get good patterns out to at least 45yds. Get a super full choke for your gun. Federal copper plated Lead shot has been the best for me but you have to go to the range and pattern your gun in and find out wich load preforms the best out of your gun. Decoys and calls will increase you odds of bagging a tom. For starters I would buy a box call or slate call at you outdoors store or online. You should scout before the season to find out where the birds roost (in the trees) and where they eat. Two good places to hunt them are field next to the roost and the woods for field where they eat.
I've tried several guns and my favorite is the Mossberg 835 12 ga. The load I use with great success is 3 1/2 in. mag. #6 Federal Heavyweight. I am a great fan of the heavier than lead shot. I won't try and tell you more about how to hunt them than eddie21 and NYhunter have---there are books out there that will tell you much more than it's possible to tell you on this site. Best of luck in your turkey hunting. You are entering a new and challenging endeavor. Tom Kelly might say, "Welcome to the Legion." (Buy his book, THE TENTH LEGION.)
i shoot a benelli with a 3 1/2 in shell. that puts them out in a heart beat, if there is one. its a 12 ga that is semi auto and shoots true. hope this helps.
get a remmington they blow benelli away ive killed turkeys at 60 yards with my remmington 870 express with a choke
if you buy a remmington 870 express make sur it shoots 3-31/2 in shells thats what youll need for 60 yard shots
I'm probably the renegade here. WV allows rifles so I prefer a Savage 24F12T, .223 Remington over a 3" 12 gauge. Rifle ammo is a handloaded 50 grain W/W PSP, shotgun is Federal 2 oz. 6's.
20 or 12 gauge works and I usually use 3.5" mags will put 'em down.
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