Never shot one but I remember seeing them years back. I was in the Navy at my A school at Dam Neck Va. Behind our barracks there was swamp and in the morning when we would do our run they would be on the grass by the swamp or running across the road. Big bastards running in groups pretty freaky the first time I saw them. I think a 22 Mag or 17 HMR would down em out to hundred with a well placed shot.
We have some here in Texas, and I have killed a few. Not too agressive to humans, will drown a dog if they follow into the water. Act sort of like a coon. I would say .22 MAG or Shot Gun out to around 50 Yards, go for the head.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...