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Online SteelyDan

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Texas Turkey
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:21:00 PM »
Now for something completely different...for me. A Spring bowhunting trip to Texas hill country, for Rio Grande turkey. I have four days set aside the first of April with Mike Yancey of Pine Hollow Longbows at a place called Martindale Ranch.

We hunt out of a portable blind in the mornings for the turkey. In the afternoon there is spot and stalk for feral hogs. It should be fun. Mike said there is a lot of cactus in that country so that is something I am going to have to be aware of. Hopefully no snakes out that time of year.

Anyone done a hunt like this and can give some advice? I thought I would take a takedown bow (easier to travel with) with two sets of limbs, one set 35# and one set 45#. Hopefully that covers off all the bases.

I am looking forward to this trip.
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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017, 12:40:00 AM »
practice shooting out of a blind if you have not before..bring black belaclava and black gloves and black top for the blind...if you have not hunted turkeys there are youtube videos of where to aim and some on tradgang. Use a three bladed broadhead . get a good night sleep before you hunt as you will be getting up earlier than  most hunting as you want to be in your blind in the pitch dark before fly down..learn the calls if you are doing some calling and lastly have fun...I draw a life size turkey on a target and practice alot before I go

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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 10:46:00 PM »
Thanks for the advice Trubl. Mike told me to practice from a sitting position. He said he likes to shoot them coming(from the front) or going (looking away). He said quite often hunters shoot them too far forward and the arrows can miss the vitals. I have a small blind that I will practice out of. Just got some 3 blade broadheads (Woodsman) that I will be using for both the turkeys and the hogs..

I had a chance to look at some of the old posts on this forum about your turkey hunts. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. I expect I may succumb to "turkey panic" myself.

Any more advice from turkey hunters will be gladly accepted.
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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 11:17:00 PM »
Well, two weeks today I will be in turkey country. San Antonio has been hot, maybe too hot. I hope it cools down a little.

I had Joey Ryan in Blue Ridge make me up a new 3 piece takedown bow for travelling. It is a beauty; pulls 45# and should be good for both turkeys and hogs.

I will write up an account when I get back. Here is hoping I can hit something.
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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 11:54:00 AM »
If its hot, grab a black Buff from a Running Room before you go. Lightweight and dry fast, use it as a pull up face mask when the turkeys are coming in, covering your nose and ears.  Pull it down off your face when they arent around. Way cooler than a balaclava and easy to breathe through. Stay in the back of the blind and try not to flash the birds with your hands, coffee cups, face etc. Spray your stuff with permethrin at least a day before you wear it for tick protection. Have fun.

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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2017, 04:54:00 PM »
Well I sure had fun and saw a ton of turkeys and other wildlife. We saw turkey, Axis deer, blackbuck, whiteail deer, gray fox and feral hogs. That Texas Hill country sure holds a bunch of game.

The advice given by Trubl and Bowshot should be heeded by turkey hunters. I found it very challenging shooting through a port hole from the back of the blind, but finally got the hang of it.

Sadly, I hit three turkeys from fair (12-19 yards) range, but two flew off with aŕrows in them and one ran off. They disappear in the scrub Live Oak and cactus and don't leave a blood trail. It was frustrating to say the least and has put me off hunting them again until I can figure out a satisfactory solution to the wounding issue.

I think that putting a decoy out in front of,facing the blind, at about 12 yards,might help. Then shoot as they face away from you. This may give you the best chance for a killing shot. Maybe I was just very unlucky.

My partner did get a turkey and a hog with his flintlock, but that is another story. It is great country to hunt if you ever get down that way.
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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2017, 10:07:00 PM »
Maybe try a string tracker next time. Good hunt nonetheless.
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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 01:52:00 PM »
We have been using Magnus bullheads, head and neck shots are final. body shots bounce off with no lost birds. They come back missing feathers and get a little skittish. Use adapters to mount them on wood shafts. Lots of guys use 3 blades. A turkey kill zone is pretty small, hitting the body doesnt guarantee a dead turkey right there. They can easily run off and crawl under a tiny shrub and die.
When they are strutting, the top 3" of their body is feathers, the next 1.5" is kill zone, below that and you have an arrow thief. Stingy on blood trails and they can fly really good for a "dead" bird. Just speaking from experience and others may have different opinions.
Practice from a low stool in a cramped blind is essential. That gets apparent every year. A little tough when the yard has a foot of snow and its -20
And they are never still.

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Re: Texas Turkey
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2017, 03:58:00 PM »
sorry to hear your bad luck Steely Dan . We  have had success with snuffers and woodsman... sharp is very important as always. We took 3 birds this year out of 5 hunters. The birds were not decoying at all and all birds were taken as they travelled by blinds but not strutting . I required a follow up on my bird .

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