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What is the right turkey gun/archery set up?

Howdy. I have been a big game hunter all of my life. This spring I wanted to tackle some turkey hunting but I'm as green as they come since I've never participated in a turkey hunt.

I have some good areas picked out since I see turkeys all the time on my deer and elk hunts every year but I have a unique challenge on this planned hunt. My 12 year old daughter will be going on her first ever hunt and my wife will be going on her second. So I have to get a good set up for her, my wife and myself. I would be happy to use my bow in this hunt.

With that being said what would be your suggestion for my 12 year old, my wife, and how should I tip my arrows? I do have a bow and lots of rifles but believe it or not I don't have any shotguns.

Thanks in advance.

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Sounds like it will be a good family hunt. You better plan on picking up a shotgun. Mabey one you can screw in a turkey choke with. Let them practice with light loads, then for the hunt load it with mag. turkey loads. they wounld'nt feel the kick when they draw a bead a that toms head. As for your arrow set up i use the same setup as i use when biggame hunting. shot placement is more important. shooting them in the back drops them in their tracks, the broad side shot is a little tuffer, you need to draw a line streight up from their legs and streight back from their beard, connect the lines and its dinner time. Good luck , if you have any more questions i'll try to help

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What is the right turkey gun/archery set up?

Thanks Hog.

Sorry for asking questions that are probably obvious but I'm assuming you are talking about a 12 g? I was worried about my 12 year old shooting a 12 g since she is so small. She only weighs 75 lbs.

So you just use normal big game broadheads?

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Yea i just use my slick trick mag. 100g broadheads on them. They make broadheads just for turkeys but i dont like haveing to resight in my bow. Haveing pinpiont accurecy and shot placement is the most important thing anyway (knowing where their vitals are). As far as for the shotgun, I've seen guys use a 20g and also a 28g. I have a super light weight 28g and thats what my 65lb, 13 year old daughter will be useing this spring for turkeys, we will just give up some range.

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What is the right turkey gun/archery set up?

Thanks a bunch Hog. What about chokes and loads? Oh and what type of sites should one use on the guns?

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The tighter the choke the better, there are several aftermarket turkey chokes.The one I bought i use it for close range predetor hunting, I have never shot a turkey with a shotgun only a bow, I have the #2 non tipical bird for CA with a bow. Anyway as for the shot loads my father and son uses plain 3" mag. in #4 shot nothing to fancy, i gues if you wanted you can get some high-dollar Remington wingmaster HD or Hevi shot 13 turkey loads. My son just uses a plain vented-rib barrel with a trueglow bead on the muzzle end only. Just set up some big cardboard peices at 20yds then 30yds then 40yds then 50yds and check the pattern your gun is shoting to know its range.

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Thanks for the help Hog I really appreciate it.

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One thing that I learned about turkey hunting in Utah and a couple of other western states in the spring is to follow the snow up as it melts. While they don't like deep snow they will follow it as it melts to get the nice green grass along with the insects that they pick up. Usually you will find them within a couple hundred yards of the snow line. There will be some lower but they like to get high.

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i use my 870 with a longer barrel with 3'' mag turkey loads. For archery i just use my normal set up except i use fixed blade broad heads instead of expandables.

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What is the right turkey gun/archery set up?

Thanks for the tactics Critter...good to know. Thanks diamond for the input.

This is gaining steam.....I am shopping as we speak for the right shotguns. 20 ga for the daughter, 12 ga for the wife, and archery for me.

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i sorta had the same prob . bought a mossberg pump 12 gauge , turkey choke, sights that go on the rib camo tape , hevi shot , targets ---[very important.] took 4 hours to sight it in to hit where it looked. when i was done i fired three rounds of the hevi shot , every one put from 12 to 15 pellets in the kill zone. had never been turk hunting . when the flock flew down about daylight they were all around me . when big boy stopped walking and streched up tall. off with his head 15 yards.
my advice get moderate priced gun good screw in choke and sights and practice with light loads.
olehunter

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