I would love to take the gun, since I have never shot a turkey and would like the extra range. However, I will start out with archery equipment.
I will do this because the public land that is open to shotgun hunting is like trying to hunt in a mall or something. People EVERYWHERE!!!
Now, my Archery spot is just that, an archery ONLY apot. It's a recreation area that is off limits to guns, and it has lots of turkeys. Not alot of guys out there chasing the birds around with sticks and string.
I figure my chances are better, even with the more primitive weapon, if there are fewer people. Last year, I made it out 3 or 4 times with a bow, and never ran into another hunter, and saw birds every time. However, the couple of times I went with a gun, I saw one bird, and plenty of hunters.
Location: Currently Whitehall,NY but soon to be back to Whiting,Vt
I'm a Remington fan and have
I'm a Remington fan and have been for years but for turkeys I use my Winchester 1300 with scope and camo covers. It shoots well out to 40 yards ( I havent had to shoot further yet) and holds a good pattern. Watch out Mr. Tom!!!!
It will be one of my 12 gauge shotguns. I think my Browning B80 is teh best I have. If my sone is hunting, he'll be using it and I'll be using a lesser gun (probably a Tristar brand). If I am hunting without my son, I'll be using the Browning.
Of the 7 turkeys that I have taken all but one of them could of been shot with a bow and arrow. Now that seventh one was on a dead run. I guess that I could of shot him with a arrow but those buggers can move and the 10 ga. worked so much better.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...