Has anybody had any success using these broadheads for turkey? I have an overabundance of turkeys in my neighborhood and I'm not above popping a couple for the table. Too may houses around to use firearms.There is zero hunting pressure and I'm tired of them crapping on my deck and front steps. They're on the roof, swingset, everywhere! Don't confuse this with turkey hunting, per se. Yes, I'll fill a legal tag. One in spring and one in fall. These are suburban, "wild" turkeys. Almost no fear of humans. The flock has grown to about 42 at last count. That's almost double what it was a two years ago. A few is fine but they're getting out of hand. Their only threat is the growing coyote population. I don't want to eradicate them......couldn't if I tried. Just want to trim back the population without allowing the coyotes to get too fat.
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Thu, 2007-02-22 15:21
Thu, 2007-02-22 17:46#1
Is there such a thing as a nuisance permit for turkeys? If so....that might be a good option.
Fri, 2007-02-23 15:56#2
I don't think there would be yet. On the whole, the state is not overun and I don't have any crop damage.......more like crap damage. I have thought about trapping with a net and moving them but I'm pretty sure the state wouldn't like that much.
Fri, 2007-02-23 19:09#3
A well placed shot with a regular broadhead will do the trick. I havn't tried them yet but I think they are more designed for head shots. Have a buddy that has tried them and seem to work fine. Just make sure you use the plastic tubes over the blades.
Sat, 2007-02-24 06:31#4
I could use a regular broadhead but I don't want one running into the neighbors yard and croaking on their front step. The houses aren't too far apart and I don't want to start trouble. I believe in the "good neighbor" policy and try to be friendly. A fair amount of kids in the neighborhood, too. I want to keep it low profile so dropping them in their tracks looks like the best solution.
Sat, 2007-02-24 08:13#5
They don't go far when their head is severed by the guillotine that's for sure
Sun, 2007-02-25 07:33#6
i can see it now; "hey honey, does that look like a turkey running around with it's head missing?"
Thu, 2007-03-22 06:18#7
dead duck...I mean hen
My wife told me there was a dead turkey near the edge of the yard. Sure enough I went out and there was a dead hen just in the edge of the woods under the roosting tree. No blood on the snow. Its head was just about screwed into the ground under a heavy crust of snow. The rest of the bird was on top of the crusty snow. My guess is it bonked its head flying into or out of the roost and knocked itself out or broke its neck. Its eyes were closed and the legs were tucked up underneath it. The only damage was a little cut through the skin on the underside near the vent. No signs of foul play ( ), no 'yote tracks or any other tracks anywhere near it that broke through the snow. These birds sure are clumsy trying to get to the roost.
Sun, 2007-03-25 23:27#8
Maybe she thought she was an ostrich and got frozen in
Fri, 2007-03-30 09:48#9
Hey NH Hunter,
First of all, is that hen still there or did you remover her? If so, I wouldn't mind riding down from Contoocook and taking her from your yard. I could use the wing bones to make calls. The hen’s wing bones are the best for that making those calls.
Second, you might want to check with F&G if those broad heads are legal here in NH. Some states have outlawed them from being used. If I were you, I'd use the same broad head you use for deer hunting and go for nothing but a head shot. If you can get as close to them as you say you can, the head shot would be the best way. Look at this way, if you miss the turkey runs or flies away. If you connect with your shot, the turkey gets dropped in its tracks.
You can even efficiently take a turkey using a blunt tip just as well as any broad head with a 15 yards or under HEAD SHOT. Not trying to yell at you, I just want it to be known, I'm talking for head shots only with a blunt tip. I personal would do it because I hunt in the country and don't get that close in the fall, not as many house or kids running around to worry about.
I've taken two with my bow and got them both with vital body shots and they neither one went 30 yards. But in your situation, just remember head shot! You're aiming for a target the size of a large egg so if you miss, you miss clean. If you're right on or even graze the head with your shot? They’re still done
Good Luck & Hunt Safe
Tue, 2007-04-03 05:54#10
Welcome to the board! I'm in Hampstead so you're just up the road. I thought about using a blunt or judo point on the head. I've looked in the regs and I never saw anything that would make me think the gobbler guillotin's would be illegal. Not saying I couldn't have missed something. I took the bird and moved it back farther in the woods away from my front door so it wouldn't stink up the place when it rots. I haven't checked to see if any critters got it since we got back from vacation. I'll check and see if it's still there. It's supposed to get cold over the next couple days. It would be a good time to do it if it's starting to decompose.