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How is it done? Will the real Archery turkey God please help

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Okay, so it is the fall turkey season. buy a $13 permit, camo up, hit the woods (actually fields), and bag your turkey, right? Not really. Okay the problem is not seeing them or even getting close to them. My problem is stopping them from flying away after (I believe) I hit them with an arrow. So what is the trick? How do you do it? Shoot at them, think you might have hit one, they all fly away, you can't keep track of the one you shot at after they all swoop in to the woods together, and nothing falls out of a tree. So where am I going wrong? I am using mechanical broadheads, carbon arrows etc. I thought of using those turkey guileteen blades but I was told they mess with the arrow flight considerably and you have to use a longer arrow to get them past your bow. Aside from hitting them square in the head, what am I doing wrong? Will the God of Arhery Tukey Hunting please give me a little advice on how to bag my turkey?
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well last spring was my 1st with traditional archery, several with the compound years ago, i shoot a wensel woodsman broadhead and 55# black widow bow.......and i use a string tracker (popular back in the 80's)......they work.......u don't need heavy want the arrow to stay in the turkey..... :D
GA Moose.....your a bright man........the string tracker is the best tool for tracking your turkey after the shot. But using reduced poundage and guilitine blades is the cure. I shoot my birds left to right or right to left and aim for the organs. Just under the mass from the side.
Shoot them right at the base of the tail. It breaks their spine and they don't fly no where. I have actually never hunted turkey with a bow myself but everyone I know who does will swear by the spine shot.
Sounds reasonable to me.........who's going to hold that Jake still long enough for me to get that shot though?

Turkeys never stop moving........hard enough to get the side to side angle long enough to release the arrow.
The Turkey God has spoken!

Well let me follow up on my post almost a year ago. As you can see there were plenty of viewers but only a few posters. Anyway, I think I have it figured out, notice I wrote I think! Okay, the spine shot? I little more difficult then it sounds almost like trying to do a neck shot! I can appreciate how that might work and I am not opposed to taking the shot if forced but I do wonder if I would hit my target properly. Now here is what I have found that works and has increased my success rate...Well 100% so far.

The turkey...How does he obtain flight? You would speculate that the turkey just flaps his wings and off he goes. But take another look at it, watch them closely and you find that in most cases the turkey leaps into the air or runs and then leaps into the air. Without that leap or run or both, that turkey is either in a tree or walking around on the ground. So where am I going with this, Well imagine a turkey flapping it's wings but never getting off the ground! This is the secret, or one of them. Forget re-adjusting your bow from deer hunting to turkey hunting, those days are over with. Leave your pin pointed performance where it is at! Grab yourself a striaght flying broadhead and get ready to harvest a Turkey.

Here it is, the broadside shot is the better shot if you can, because what we want to do is stop that leap, stop that foward motion of your turkey and ground him to the landscape. Forget the head shot, forget the heart shot (the size of a quarter), forget pinning the wings. So what is left? Well thats right folks, hammer that turkey with a high volocity arrow right in the old drum sticks! broadside you punch right through and brake both legs! That turkey will go nowhere! No mess no fuss, run up to him (or her depending on season) and finnsih em off quickly!

Okay maybe this is not the best kept secret for arrowing a Turkey but it works well and the target area is much bigger then the traditional area's. yeah there is not much to a wild Turkey thigh which is why I am not bothered about hitting em there.

So if you think of it next season's, give it a try, and maybe your luck will change like mine! This year I tagged out both spring and fall season on the first turkey's I shot at! I am convinced this is a pretty good technique for bagging your Turkey with an arrow. Now don't get me wrong, if your way is working for you and you like it, then please stick with it, but for those that are having difficulty bagging that Turkey, try this approach.

Thats it for now, have a succsessful hunt!!!!!!!!!

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if your hunting turkeys with a bow, another thing you can do is buy a set of adder points that go between your broadhead and arrow shaft. i have taken 2 merriams turkeys with adder points and rocket miniblaster 3 broadheads. basically the adder point helps with, don't know quite how to say this, helps apply more shock to the bird. like i said i've taken 2 birds with this setup and neither has gone more than 20 or 30 feet from impact site. also, the optimal spot for shooting a turkey is in the butt of the wing, where the wing enters the breast. most of the vitals are in that area, plus if you hit him there, he's not going to fly off. good luck
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