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Archery versus shotgun

I have a dilemma out here.  I can hunt shotgun on a place that has alot of hunters and decent turkey, which would be easier, but a place where I can only archery hunt, but there are alot less people.  So, would you take the shotgun, and have to compete, or the archery gear, and see less people but maybe not have as easy a time????

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Depends on why you're

Depends on why you're hunting.  Are you hunting to bring home meat or for the thrill of the hunt?  I'd probably go with the archery hunt.  I just got my first turkey with a bow this past spring.

Being around a lot of shotgun armed hunters while dressed in camo makes me a bit nervous.

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Well, I have never shot a

Well, I have never shot a turkey, so the first one I would not care what it is or how I got it.  I am probably looking for success, period.  Of course, I hunt for more than the kill, but I would like to at least get one under my belt.

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I would go with archery. Even

I would go with archery. Even though they are harder hunt, you will have a less likey chance of other hunters messing up your hunt. Plus without as many hunters you might be able to hear and watch turkeys be turkeys, which will give you knowledge of their behavior that could help you on future hunts.

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I hear you about getting one

I hear you about getting one under the belt.  I'd suggest hunting from a ground blind during shotgun season and take both the shotgun and bow.  If the turkey presents a shot for the bow take him with it otherwise take him with the shotgun.

That is how I got my first archery turkey.  it was on the first day of shotgun season and my buddy and I hunted from the same ground blind.  After no success in the morning we took the shotguns and went looking for a tom  We tried the blind again and 4 toms came in.  I used my bow and took the first one that came into view and he used the shotgun and shot the one behind it.  The other two just ran off.  it was a good hunt.

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The idea of going with both

The idea of going with both weapons in a ground blind is pretty good except that it does not get him out of the spot with all the pressure. I think the biggest way to turn off a new turkey hunter is to take him into a war zone where everyone within earshot stalks every gobble that rings out... regardless of if it came from a real turkey or another hunter. Turkey hunting on public land that is busy can be dangerous if not drastically frustrating. I think I would suggest just going to the bow only area and giving it a go. You will probably have a more positive experience and you will have more of a chance of seeing turkeys doing what turkies are supposed to do. You will still have a chance at success but you have a higher probability of not becoming frustrated with the game.

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My original post suggestted

My original post suggestted the archery area, but the shotgun area is easier according to him and getting one under the belt is an important consideration.  You are probably right about seeing turkeys doing what turkeys do so the archery option is probably the best as I stated earlier.

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i would pick a place in the

i would pick a place in the shotgun area so that when everyone else shoots a turkey there gonna scare them to you stay as far away as possible from all the other hunters and you will have great luck.

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