Taking a turkey with a bow isn’t easy, but it can be done. Here are my 10 best tips for archers looking to take a longbeard this spring…
1.) Get the turkey close — real close. Incorporate good calling and solid woodsmanship.
2.) Use a man-made blind constructed from natural materials on patterned turkeys to conceal your movements (though it limits mobility), or hunt with a model that’s easy to transport, and assemble.
3.) Practice arrowing a 3-D turkey target on a regular basis to visualize your intended quarry.
4.) Stake turkey decoys at your effective bow range to fix an individual gobbler or flock’s position.
5.) Choose turkey-specific mechanical broadheads for solid flight and serious cutting diameter.
6.) Time your shot on a calm, standing turkey in range with a sure draw and arrow release.
7.) To reflect hunting conditions, practice shooting from a hunting stool, a standing position, or on your backside.
8.) Place your shots at the neck’s base on facing birds, wing butt, or at the anal vent when turkeys face away. Drill it dead.
9.) Wear reliable, comfortable camouflage to instill confidence and concealment in your game plan.
10.) End game. After anchoring a turkey, place your bow down, then quickly approach and step on the flopping bird’s head or neck before removing the arrow if it hasn’t passed through.
Anything we missed, Strut Zoners? Let us know in the comments section below.