First, i want to make the statement that turkeys are very VERY tough. Last year i was bowhunting, using a crossbow (which is legal in Arkansas) and i had a whole group of turkeys come out in front of me. I counted 29. They were feeding and you are allowed one of either sex with a bow in the winter. I picked one out and shot. All the turkeys scattered except the one i hit, and it was flopping around. I was in a climbing stand, so i climbed down, and by the time i got to the turkey, it was gone. I tried to trail it, but the blood trail ended after about 10 feet, and i didnt think it would have gone far. I spooked her out of a tree about 30 yards down the hill from where i shot her, and she flew until i couldn't see her anymore. One thing you have to remember, and i never really considered until that day, is that the vital area on a turkey is very small. You have to hit about a 3" area to get a clean kill. I thought i hit this one good, my arrow was covered with blood, and there were feathers all around. I guess i hit it low and grazed her, but i hit her good enough to make her flop around. Since, i have watched alot of bowhunting shows where they are hunting turkeys and have learned a little bit. its funny what you can do with a bow and a turkey and not really spook them. A show i was watching last night, there was 2 guys hunting in texas for turkeys, and 2 big toms came walking in right in front of their blind. The guy whispered that he was gonna take the first on, and he did. Clean shot right through the midsection, and downed the turkey. Well, the other big tom ran over and started flogging the one that just got killed, so the guy loaded up another arrow and killed that one too, and got his first double. Well, if that wasnt enough, another 2 toms heard all the commotion and came to check it out, and one of them started grabbing ahold of one of the dead tom's heads and shaking it around, so the camera guy killed it. Well, i'll be [email protected]
if the other big tom didnt jump on him and start flogging him! It was the funniest thing i've seen. They both ended up getting a double that day, something i would deem hard to accomplish. I find it very interesting how smart turkeys are, and how dumb they are at the same time. I plan on turkey hunting again this winter, they usually show up while im hunting.