Joined: 08 Aug 2011
Location: Central CT
That is exactly what my friend said who lives in NE and has turkey hunted there for years. He shot a Merriam last week and that bird had a very white band on the tail.
It was really exciting, amd yes I am addicted. I have always wanted to spring turkey hunt, but I don't feel safe turkey hunting in Connecticut. There are too many folks in the field, and sitting there in all camo........
Joined: 26 Aug 2004
Location: Westfield, NC
Not 16 gauge related, but I finished my season and a personal quest. I started 2 years ago to attempt to take a turkey with each gauge that I own. This year I took 2, one with a 28 gauge and one with a 67 gauge(aka the .410). I've also taken turkeys with the 12, 16 and 20.
Think next year I'll try getting one with a crossbow.
And, no the gun is not pointing at my head in the first picture!
Joined: 25 Jun 2008
Nice bird and quest! Those flying lizards are tough enough to kill with a ten gauge much less a sub gauge. I have killed a truckload of birds in ranges short enough for lead shot out of a .410, but have only toted a .410 on purpose once. I'll do it again under the right circumstances; most likely when my '42 is the only gun in reach. Taking my daughter in a few weeks but will be shooting a 16. Reno
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Joined: 26 Aug 2004
Location: Westfield, NC
I've taken birds with a 12 gauge Remington 1187SP and Winchester Model 12. The Model 12 was my dad's gun and had taken most everything except a turkey. Although it has won a lot of turkey shoots! It's now retired.
The 16 gauge was a Winchester Model 1400, my first shotgun that I've had since 1967 or so. Stumbled across 3 boxes of Western Super X loads in #5 shot. They seem to work wonders on turkeys. Also ordered a full choke barrel from Numrich some years back.
The 20 and 28 gauge were Ruger Red Labels. In the 20, I used a 2&3/4" pheasant load in #6 left over from a trip to South Dakota back in `91. The 28 was a Winchester game load in #5. I couldn't find my factory choke tubes after a move, so I ordered 2 XF from Briley's. They throw a nice pattern at 25 yards. Turns out I only needed one tube as it went down hard at 20 yards.
The .410 is an American Arms Silver that I bought for shooting pen raised quail over my Gordon Setters. I used a 3" Federal load in #5 shot. I had missed a bird at 17 yards a week before. 2 shots and it never acted hit. Never found any sign of it. I shot once Friday at 14 yards and that bird went down like a 21.5 pound sack of wet cement.
I've also had them walk/fly off after shots with 12 and 16. I blame it on gobbler fever.
So, my season was over Friday and the NC season ended Saturday at sundown. Some have said I need to buy a 10, 24 and 32 gauge and a muzzleloader. I was just trying to prove that you can take a turkey with most anything, if you are comfortable with the range and conditions. I had read an article in some magazine about trying the sub gauges. Thought it might take me a little longer to accomplish. I also may just guide hunts for my friends. I enjoy seeing the excitement in them when I can get one to come in.
I'll see what happens when I hear that first gobble come March or so of 2018.
Joined: 17 Mar 2017
Location: Endless Mountains of Pa
Here on our Potter/Tioga land our Turkey Flock has gone from over 48 Birds to down around 36 birds. In really it has everything to due with our massive Coyote population now running the mountains here in Potter County, Pa. Along with some late night poaching at the end of our forest land, Coyotes are definitely our major problem.
The Coyote problem has been growing in our area because a couple of our big time Coyote Trappers have basically retired, and another one moved over on the other side of Mansfield, Pa, no longer Trapping in this area at all.
We definitely now need more Coyote Hunters and Trappers, it would help our Turkey population here in Pa greatly. I just recently purchased a Thompson Contender 22-250 Pistol to help with our growing Coyote problem. Plan to use it on the Tractor and in the old Bronco II as we work on our land this coming year.
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Joined: 29 May 2016
Location: Burke Co, GA
On a tractor you'd be a lot better off carrying a shotgun loaded with #4 buck, for coyotes, than you would a pistol. First time you miss a coyote on the run with that pistol you'll see what I mean. Coyotes don't tend to stand still for you very long.
I've had a Contender, scoped and w/o, even killed deer with it, but for a tractor gun a double shotgun is much better.
I had a good season this year. All taken with a 12 gauge though. i killed two in Vt the first day and two in NY a week apart. Got my nephew his first spring bird too. He was pretty excited. Havent tried the sub gauge yet! Maybe next year I'm tagged out and still a week and a half to go. I'll start excersizing the rainbows.
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