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Offline Wapiti Bowman

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SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« on: January 08, 2011, 03:15:00 PM »
Hunting pard and I are newbies to trad archery and want to try hunting turkeys over in SE WA for the first time this spring, as he's from the Tri-Cities area. In an effort to short circuit what appears to be a very long, steep, learning curve, we thought we'd check out a guide service for that area,  but have been unable to find one.

Can anyone suggest a "reliable" guide for us?

Thanks!

Offline Ray Borbon

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 03:47:00 PM »
I don't know any guides there. Some people I know have reported good hunt experiences in the NE with Bearpaw Outfitters of both turkeys and cougar.

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 11:57:00 PM »
Thanks, BDO.  We believe we've found a guide for the NE area, should we choose to go in that direction; and we may just try both areas, going with a guide in the NE and striking out on our own in the SE, after getting pointed in the right direction, tactic wise.

Appreciate your input.

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 01:23:00 PM »
Best of luck on the turks.

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 06:14:00 PM »
Get a good decoy like a DSD Hen decoy and a ground blind.

If you haven't done any calling, purchase a few turkey hunting videos and try your hand with box calls, slate calls, and reeds.

Good luck,

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 04:15:00 PM »
Thanks, for the suggestions, Paul.

Got a Primos Ground Max Escape blind, as well as several types of box calls and mouth call diaphragms.  Been working with all of them. Also bought a couple of Rinehart 3D turk tgts to help with my visual picture at different yardages. Really don't plan on taking a shot beyond 15 yds. Yet to check out any decoys, but plan to get some. I'll have to take a look at the DSD Hen decoy.

Terry

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011, 01:52:00 AM »
Terry,

Look for back shots from the base of the tail up to between the shoulders. Broadside shots are lower percentage.

I dinged a couple before figuring out the best spot. They are tough if you hit them in the wrong spot, but drop really quick if you hit them in the right spot.

 
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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 11:43:00 AM »
Thanks again for the tip, Paul. Yes, I've read that a back/sping shot is the most lethal with those tough birds.

Terry

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2011, 03:38:00 PM »
I got my last turkey in November. It was a broadside shot which I would take again and again. The arrow and broadhead broke the thigh bone and hip. The turkey flew a short distance. As soon as it landed it could not walk. It was a 15 yard shot at a turkey walking from left to right from the gound (no blind).

 
 
 
 


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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2011, 04:29:00 PM »
A lot of guys do like the broadside shot and take out the leg. I have been in on about 35 turkey harvests with shotgun, compounds, and trad bows. With my compound, I dumped several birds with a mechanical broadhead and all were broadside shots. The difference is that mechanical can hit about anywhere and they are destroyed by a 2 1/2" hole.

I tried broadside with my trad gear and the results were....well.....less than acceptable.

It is a personal preference, but with my experience using trad gear, I will wait for the back shot. I have dinged a few shooting broadside and then went to the back shot and dumped'em. I wish I had known to try the back shot at the time. There are some good reads on this subject in the Powwow forum.

Broadside can be very effective, but I think wound/kill percentage wise, you will have better results with a back shot.

My step son did kill one with a frontal shot similar to the picture above.

I get turkey fever  :banghead:  and I think it is easier for me to line up on the back and pick a spot. The 10" long 4" wide kill zone helps too.

Good luck to you guys this spring. I can't wait.  :archer2:
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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 12:06:00 AM »
I think the shot opportunity and quality of it will be relative to the situation. I don't really buy that a back shot is necessarily better than a side shot but I would consider either one if I felt like it was the right thing to do. It seems that knowing the location of the vitals is critical to deciding on where to aim. At any rate, a dead turkey is good eating...

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Re: SE WA Turkey Hunting Guide
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 11:24:00 AM »
BDO,

Thanks for including the fine graphics. In trying to prep for my first turkey hunt, I've read numerous recommendations on the most desired spot to hit, in order to take a bird down. There seems to be only one unanimous thought: the kill zone of a turkey is very small, making them one of the most challenging game to bring down, particularly for a trad bow hunter. Other than that, there seems to be about equal proponents of the back shot, taking out the spine, and the broadside shot, taking out the hip, and/or wing joint. It seems to me, being a complete novice, that the back shot offers me a bit more latitude for error, than does the broadside shot, so that's what I'm planning for in the placement of my decoys.  Perhaps, as I get more experience, I'll feel more confident about taking a broadside shot. All good info, and I appreciate the input.

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