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Title: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: joebuck on February 25, 2008, 09:34:00 PM
Hey guys i need a little info from the ones out there that have killed a turkey or turkeys with a bow and arrow for an upcoming presentation I'm doing on Bowhunting Turkeys for PBS. Could you PM me one fact..Where did your broadhead hit your turkey?  thanks for the help..It will be an interesting slide. Joey Buchanan
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Post by: **DONOTDELETE** on February 25, 2008, 10:25:00 PM
this is one good spot
 (http://www.3riversarchery.com/images/medium/4282.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: whitebuffalo on February 25, 2008, 10:28:00 PM
I have hit them right above the drum sticks and between the wings and in the neck,,J
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Post by: bowfiend on February 25, 2008, 10:57:00 PM
The only one I've shot was strutting and I pinned its' wings together. Too bad to, because the breasts were pretty bloodshot.
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Post by: joel smith on February 25, 2008, 10:59:00 PM
PM on the way
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Post by: joebuck on February 25, 2008, 11:11:00 PM
Mysticquido...IMO the burlap target face is very misleading...too much breast muscle in that circle ( 1/3 of it) from around 2-6 o'clock. That circle needs to move to the left a bit. Really center over between the legs...Heres a NBEF slide.
 (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c114/swamprooter/turkeyanatomy.jpg)
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Post by: Kevin Bahr on February 26, 2008, 03:26:00 AM
Joey, the one I shot the broadhead hit right at the top of the legs, probably a little below the actual drumstick part.  Usually my broadhead goes about an inch over their back or under their belly...
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: varmint on February 26, 2008, 06:52:00 AM
I shoot them straight up from the leg an  inch or so.If you don't kill instantly,you take out the legs,which they also need to get flying.............no running,no flying.....pretty easy to get to even if they aren't dead by the time you walk up to them.
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: JC on February 26, 2008, 07:42:00 AM
That's a great illustration Joey! Thanks for posting that.
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Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 08:36:00 AM
Thanks Joe, i get around each year to posting it sometime or another. You have to go up those legs no matter what the pose. Now go kill that Cohutta Gobbler and we will all   :notworthy:
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Post by: DGW on February 26, 2008, 09:13:00 AM
have found the best shot is in the middle of the back, will strutting.
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Post by: jeff / sc on February 26, 2008, 09:14:00 AM
Joey...PM sent
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Post by: woodchucker on February 26, 2008, 09:19:00 AM
My "old reliable" stand is a strutt zone in an upper corner of a field.

I wait untill he's in full strutt and all fanned out with his back facing directly at me. Then I shoot him right above the root of his tail.

I've never had one go over 50 yards,and most just roll around untill I get ahold of them.
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Post by: Over&Under on February 26, 2008, 10:17:00 AM
I have only killed one with my LB, and it was a spine shot, got lucky and the old tom dropped right there!
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Post by: dan ferguson on February 26, 2008, 10:22:00 AM
The best kills with a bow were between the wings facing away, If facing me just above the beard or bace of neck, broadside above the drumsticks, I know when cleaning them you really got to dig the lungs out from the backbone and rib cage which tells me you want to pick a spot plenty high on the bird. The ones I had the hardest time finding are the ones I thought I dead centered.
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Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 11:00:00 AM
Thanks guys ,keep it coming!
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Post by: stick hunter on February 26, 2008, 11:06:00 AM
GURU WHERE ARE YOU AT YOU ARE A TURKEY KILLING MACHINE!!!!!!
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Post by: carparcher on February 26, 2008, 11:37:00 AM
Have been fortunate enought to arrow two (and miss a couple...)  My successful shots were at the base of the neck (while bird was facing me), and through both legs (broadside).  Good luck.  Love that illustration from joebuck!  Really goes to show you how much extra "space" is there that isn't vital.
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Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 11:40:00 AM
Thanks Carparcher, I'll post the results on that same diagram I'm building. Interesting note from me is that my kills range from middle neck all the way to the butt!
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Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 11:49:00 AM
Stickhunter, i have already put Curt in for heart shots.
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Post by: GBTG on February 26, 2008, 12:21:00 PM
Shoot'em hi watch'em die, shoot'em lo watch'em go. I've got some kills and some loses and this statement sums it up.
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Post by: Steve Leffler on February 26, 2008, 12:36:00 PM
Killed 4.  All kills were directly above the drumsticks.  The ones I've screwed up I hit too far forward in the breast which doesn't work at all.
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: K.S.TRAPPER on February 26, 2008, 12:38:00 PM
Joe, I have a few pictures if you need them.

I prefer the going away back shot, That way if you are high or low or a little off to the side you still will get your bird.  :pray:  Or a clean miss.

They are pretty tuff some times even if the shot looks good. Curt sold me on the string tracker last year when he was here. Looking forward to using one when the Hope bow gets here for turkey season.

Don't get me wrong, If a side shot presents itself I will take it. But like you said use the legs for a guide. A turkey has to have its legs to spring into the air. They drop like a rock if you hit both.

Tracy
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 01:08:00 PM
That some good stuff guys. I shoot my bow with quiver off. Heres a mod a made to an anter limb knob I made for my bow to shoot a string tracker. Just drill and JB Weld. NOTICE the 30# tracker thread not 17#.....


 (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c114/swamprooter/limbbolt.jpg)


 (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c114/swamprooter/Stringtracker002.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: robslifts on February 26, 2008, 01:13:00 PM
I shot mine from above  and the bird was facing me  the arrow struck the top of the back where the neck attaches to the body and then my arrow went through the center of the bird   instant death  bird did not go anywhere
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Post by: jeff / sc on February 26, 2008, 01:46:00 PM
Thinking of trying a string tracker this year, where can I find the 30 lb line??
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Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 01:51:00 PM
jeff i bought about 12 spools in 1995 from Game Tracker direct. i'm not sure they are called game tracker or still in business. practice with the 17# and if you can't find any 17# right before season I'll mail you one of my 30#.....
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Post by: jeff / sc on February 26, 2008, 02:01:00 PM
Thanks Joey, appreciate the offer.
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Post by: B.O.D. on February 26, 2008, 02:03:00 PM
You can use this if you like, Magnus Journeyman 140 gr. tapered ash arrow.
through the base of the neck where it meets the body, pass through like poop thru a goose.  ;)  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v611/ashstyk/IMGP0999.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: PA stickbow boy on February 26, 2008, 02:10:00 PM
I got some feathers last year   :)    but they're in for it this spring... new calls, new broadheads, new blind,  look out now haha   :biglaugh:
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Post by: Biggie Hoffman on February 26, 2008, 03:26:00 PM
I killed an eastern last year with my Swamprooter recurve. Hit him between the beard and the base of his neck. He didn't even flop much.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/whoffman1955/Turkey/blindhog.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: mark land on February 26, 2008, 04:09:00 PM
If you look at the vitals of a real turkey instead of where they put them on targets you will see the heart sits right on top and just forward of the hips and that is where I always try to shoot them when they are broadside.
  In strut facing away, right below the poop chute, facing you just below the beard.  Those shots have always worked very well for me.  Wing butt is great, if you can hit it, but shoot just a little forward, back or high and you have a wounded bird!  Mark
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 05:11:00 PM
Thanks Mark , your defitnitely one of the most experienced on here, fellows take his advice. Hopefully you'll have time this spring to drop that bowfishing bow and chase those gobblers some.

this slide is looking really cool. i'll try to keep this thread alive for couple more days for those who hadn't chimed in and then post it.
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: bayoulongbowman on February 26, 2008, 05:19:00 PM
Love the this thread!!! its got be good from Joey and the swamprooter bow!!! I have admire your bow, and turkey hunting tips!!! great article in TBM....  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: joebuck on February 26, 2008, 06:34:00 PM
Bayoulongbowman..thank you for the kind words! PM me your home address..I'm going to make you  one of my turkey calls and send it to you...I promised ole E Donnell a duck hunt to print that article ( I still owe him a duck!!!)  :goldtooth:
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Post by: JSC on February 26, 2008, 07:46:00 PM
I killed two with my recurves,one hit just in front of the drumstick and the other is in this pic.just above the tail joint facing away but not strutting.

 (http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/jeffchar07/HighSierraTurkey003.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: joebuck on February 27, 2008, 10:36:00 AM
ttt
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Post by: Dave Worden on February 27, 2008, 11:08:00 AM
I hit it where the neck meets the back.  Right where I was aiming.  High is a clean miss, low hit is in the vitals, and of course, right on breaks the spine.
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: joebuck on February 27, 2008, 11:12:00 AM
So far 90% have shot their bird Not Strutting. Also nobody has gutt shot one and found it except me?!....
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Post by: Hoytman on February 27, 2008, 12:49:00 PM
I'm no expert. I've only killed 4 with my bow. But. I prefer to shoot them in full strut from behind. Centered in the middle of the back.
Broadside, I prefer them standing errect and shoot them through the legs 3" to 5" above where the feathers meet the skin. If walking broadside I try to shoot them high at the base of the wing. Be careful not to shoot them through the breast. The turkey is the only big game animal you can shoot through the center of the chest and not kill. I lost one that way.
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Post by: Tree man on February 27, 2008, 04:06:00 PM
Above the drumsticks and in the head. head and neck shots are all  I consider now.
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Post by: Bill Turner on February 27, 2008, 05:22:00 PM
I've killed several with shots at top of leg, where leg connects to the body. I killed one with a shot to neck, barely cutting his throat, which was fully stetched out while he eyeballed the countryside for trouble. On this one, I shot where I was looking, but unfortunately, not where I wanted the arrow to go. Blind hog find an acorn every now and then.  :archer:
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Post by: joebuck on February 27, 2008, 08:25:00 PM
14 people out of 1000 plus ( i'm guessing on how many visit each day) Gangers have killed a bird with tradgear ...1.4%....so far responded
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Post by: Ralph Renfro on February 27, 2008, 11:18:00 PM
I've killed a few birds and I am a proponent of a couple of inches over the drumsticks. I try to stay away from the breast. Most 3D turkeys have a kill zone in a place I wouldn't aim for unless I was using a Bullhead or similar head.
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: Ralph Renfro on February 27, 2008, 11:20:00 PM
By the way, in my area, you can kill two birds in the spring and two in the fall. I've managed to limit out for the last 6 years.
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Post by: jeff / sc on February 28, 2008, 10:17:00 AM
Joey, I have recovered a couple of gut shot birds, but it was 3-4 days later(I never quit looking for what I think is a fatal hit)...thats why I have a string tracker ordered.  Thanks for the info on the string, got it ordered too.  Only have 1 kill in full strut, facing away..hit him in spine (shot a little high thru fan).  Glad you're not counting full strut misses.
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Post by: dan ferguson on February 28, 2008, 12:21:00 PM
Hey what about a fish arrow on a reel with a friend ready with a ballbat, that way the kill zone would get much bigger. better check my regulations first.
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Post by: joebuck on February 28, 2008, 12:34:00 PM
Heres the the plotting of kill shots from TradGangers. My Conclusions:  IMO ..the ole statement "turkeys are hard to kill because of small kill zone is not true." Turkeys are hard HIT because they are small. Black dots are broadside shots and Magenta are left and right entrys.


 (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c114/swamprooter/turkeyanatomykillshot.jpg)
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Post by: Biggie Hoffman on February 28, 2008, 02:39:00 PM
Geez Joey....lotta work.
Hey........it's only a bird.........
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Post by: RC on February 28, 2008, 09:39:00 PM
I`ve killed a couple of gobblers throught the wingbut then I shot forward a couple of inches and watched one fly across the river. Then I got shooting lessons from Biggie and have shot the rest just above the drum sticks with the exception of one hight that I broke the spine and another low I cut one leg almst off and  "hemmed" up in a fence row. The shot was below the feathers. Heres one from last year shot above the drumsticks and fell on the spot.RC

 (http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w39/rcswampbucket/347118-R1-17-18A_018.jpg)
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Post by: joebuck on February 29, 2008, 07:17:00 AM
Biggie ,you thought that picture was an xray of one of your gobbers   :rolleyes:  

RC have great season buddy. Hopefully the hogs won't call you off the birds!!!
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Post by: Kevin Bahr on February 29, 2008, 07:31:00 AM
What was that, 00 buckshot?  Heck of a pattern!
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Post by: jeff / sc on February 29, 2008, 08:16:00 AM
Good work Joey..thanks.  Finally got my TBM, great article on your slam.
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Post by: Jack Denbow on February 29, 2008, 08:36:00 AM
Joey I can't wait to attend your seminar. I hope my old brain can absorb the info you will be giving out. See you at the PBS banquet.
Jack
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Post by: Talondale on February 29, 2008, 11:42:00 AM
I've made contact with two birds (clipped feathers on a few others).  The bird I hit broadside clipped the heart and she (hens are legal in the fall here in VA) still managed to get airborne and lock wings.  Found her in the creek 80 yards away.  I was aiming above the legs.  The other was a centerpunch through the back pinning him to the ground (another Fall bird - shot from treestand).  He backed off the arrow and walked away, never found him.

BTW - both were passthroughs, I put a fender washer behind my broadheads now.
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Post by: Shaun on February 29, 2008, 12:12:00 PM
One just above the leg entry with exit just below off side wing - ran and flew recovered where it landed. One in the neck - DRT
Title: Re: Calling all Sucessful Turkey BowHunters?!
Post by: BRONZ on February 29, 2008, 01:47:00 PM
I've had the best luck aiming for center mass straight above the legs.  Twice, it's taken them out within 20 yds (one 3 yd recovery).  Another bird, it destroyed the off-side hip and allowed me to follow up with another arrow.
The ideal angle for bowhunters is still the Texas Heart Shot IMO.
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Post by: Orion on February 29, 2008, 02:46:00 PM
Top part of the drumstick going in, quartering away.  Took out the heart.  Arrow passed through.  Also, just into the bottom of the chest cavity above the breast bone.  That one also caught a piece of the heart.  In that case, the broadhead imbedded in the heavy breast bone.  Didn't get it out until after we ate the bird.
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Post by: Aram on February 29, 2008, 05:39:00 PM
From behind, bird running away. Base of the head/ top of neck. Aimed at the base of the neck but shot high. Lucky shot: severed the juggular, bird dropped on the spot.
 (http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d60/Oarceas/bows/in.jpg)
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Post by: Colotrad on March 01, 2008, 09:43:00 PM
Broadside. low between the legs.  Evicerated the bird and it didn't go more than 20 yards.
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Post by: joebuck on March 03, 2008, 12:41:00 PM
Jack ..your old brain probably will teach me a trick or 2. Thanks for the TBM article compliment. It wass a lot of fun writing,

RC..I had to teach Biggie again how to kill a big Hawg in Fl this weekend. Also I had to show him how to miss a gobbler again