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Turkey Hunting?

So I'm looking for a hunting partner I have never turkey hunted and looking for someone to learn from. I'm a pretty good deer hunter and I love to fish. Ohh and I'm not gay nothing against them. I just like the ladies. I'm located in San Diego.

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Re: Turkey Hunting?

lol Never thought of correlating turkey huntin' with being gay, but good to know.

You're making a good choice in trying to find a mentor, no better way to learn in my opinion Thumbs up Good Luck!

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Laugh Laugh Laugh Didn't know they even hunted.

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I'm sorry if I did offend anyone. I have very few post's and I'm trying to get more in to the forum. I'm Orginally from Ohio and I know its a sterotype I thought everyone in California was either gay/famous or a hippy. So yeah, I'm also looking into a decent entry level Turkey gun. I was looking at the Remington 870 Super Mag. 26 " barrel and full choke. Any incite would help and Thank's in adance.

Also is there any AR hunter's in So Cal. I have a 6.5 grendel build in progress and would like to know any tips, tricks or new types of game here in California.

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I have used my Rem. 870 Express Magnum to take all my turkeys, quite a few Big smile. Get a good choke for it and it is all the gun you will need.
Believe this is the year I start taggin' em with the bow!

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So I would like some input. I'm looking for a shotgun and for these turkeys. I found this and would like your opinion's I'm kinda on a budget and trying turkey hunting for the first time.
http://www.gunenvystore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=7585&cPath=33&utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=export_feed#googlebase

Also what's a good load and choke thanks a ton and sorry for all the Newbie questions.

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justjeff

Can't go wrong with the 870. Remington makes a turkey choke that works great in the 3 870's @ our camp. Most of us shoot 3" Winchester Supreme #5 Turkey loads.

What you'll need to do after purchasing your shotgun is to pattern your gun with a couple of different loads. A sheet of plywood with a turkey target will suffice but we usually take a sheet from an old set of building plans and put between the target and the plywood. That way you can tell where all the load is distributed. Helps you fine tune your shotgun. Always test your turkey load at different distances. Of course, your load/pattern will widen the farther away it gets. One thing to remember is your pattern will be extremely tight at close ranges, say 20 yards & less. Most of the people I talk to that miss a turkey usually miss them under 20 yards. Your aim has to be dead on when the birds get close.

One other thing I would suggest is an after-market pistol grip stock. They really come in handy to stabilize your gun. I use mine for turkey, dove, squirrel, rabbit hunting and just target shooting.

Good luck

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ecu

thanks a ton. I have never used a shotgun with a thumb hole or pistol grip. I would imagine they're designed to help the hunter. Do you have any tips for calling/shooting I have no one here in San Diego to trade off with and I as looking to get a box call this weekend.

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yea, since you don't have a mentor to help with calling, I would buy one the instructional videos put out by Primos, Madd Calls, HS etc. Practice, practice, pratice. Patience and don't over call. Pay close attention to rhythm. More often than not, the setup will get you a bird. You have to know how to call but being in the right place seems to be more important. Very important to know where the birds are and where they want to go. Scouting is critical, especially so for a beginner. You can learn so much by observing turkeys during the off-season. JUST DO NOT TRY TO CALL THEM IN. Worse thing you can do is make the birds call shy.

Check out the NWTF to see if you have a local chapter. Go to one the banquets to mingle with other turkey hunters. Who knows, you may make a friend for life.

Good hunting and good luck.

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ecubackpacker wrote:
yea, since you don't have a mentor to help with calling, I would buy one the instructional videos put out by Primos, Madd Calls, HS etc. Practice, practice, pratice. Patience and don't over call. Pay close attention to rhythm. More often than not, the setup will get you a bird. You have to know how to call but being in the right place seems to be more important. Very important to know where the birds are and where they want to go. Scouting is critical, especially so for a beginner. You can learn so much by observing turkeys during the off-season. JUST DO NOT TRY TO CALL THEM IN. Worse thing you can do is make the birds call shy.

Check out the NWTF to see if you have a local chapter. Go to one the banquets to mingle with other turkey hunters. Who knows, you may make a friend for life.

Good hunting and good luck.

Thanks for the info I got in touch with a chapter rep for my area. There a meeting this Tuesday. Also there having a banquet next month with Calling seminars and gear vendors Thanks a ton

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justjeff

I saw in aother post that you are in the Navy. Just wanted to thank you and all military personel for your service. God-speed.

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