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Why when you shoot a turkey do these guys run right up to it while it's still flapping all over? Just wondering
 

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You never know for sure if it is reflexes (Like a chicken with it's head cut off )or just a body hit.
I used to do it all the time...But now that I'm older and wiser..I finally figued out that I can't run as fast as a follow-up shot if needed. [hihi]
 

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I had a big tom that couldn't lift his head run off on me. I Chased that thing for 300 yards til it got stuck in brush. Still not dead I just let it kick the while walk out.
 

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I really think it comes from back in the days of lead shot and before super tight turkey choke tubes, if a bird got up and took off or flew off after being hit with bird shot good luck finding it.... with todays choke tubes and turkey loads if you stay within your effective range and dump a bird more times then not he's not going anywhere
 

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..I finally figued out that I can't run as fast as a follow-up shot if needed
Exactly! I just started hunting these birds this yr. I can assure you it won't be my last yr too. :D
But I learned real quick that all I need to do is keep the bead on him after the first shot and watch.

And as a side note, we ate my big Tom that I shot in Vt for Thanksgiving. It was great eating. All of the company that came was willing to give it a try and all enjoyed it.
I guess we have a new tradition here. Besides family coming up North for Turkey Day, we will hopefully be eating a bird taken up here. Again, hopefully, one shot on our own property. [up]
 
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