So close, but not close enough

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by Velvet ears, Oct 4, 2021.

  1. Velvet ears

    Velvet ears 8 pointer

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    My minnie me won a crossbow in a spring turkey contest. He's gotten pretty consistent with it out to about 40 yards (3" group). It's been a learning experience for the both of us. I've never had a crossbow. We've had a group of gobblers and hens crossing into our bean field for the past 3 weeks. So, we decided to set up on them opening Friday. No luck. They came out about 80 yards down from us. Saturday we moved the blind 60 yards down, we didn't see a single bird. Sunday, they came out further down and went into the beans. We sat for about 2 hours and here they came back. I thought they were going to cross 20 yards in front of us, but they turned and were headed back to were they originally came out earlier that day. 3 gobblers were coming across at an angle and were about 40 yards in the cow pasture. I told minnie me to get on one and let it fly. He shot, the bird's wings flopped 2 times and then they slowly walked off into the woods. I couldn't see the bolt, but I assume he shot over it after stepping it off at about 35 yards. I'm still looking for the bolt. I see buying him a range finder in my future.
     
  2. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Keep after them. Hope you get one
     
  3. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 10 pointer

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    Are you sure he missed?

    I’ve shot turkeys with a bow and cross bow and had them run off and fly off and walk off acting unhurt to then pile up.

    hope he gets another chance soon
     
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  4. Velvet ears

    Velvet ears 8 pointer

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    Yea, he missed. He was close enough it spooked the bird, but he didn't show any signs of being hit.
     
  5. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

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    20 feet away before they saw my Geo Metro.
    @luvtohunt you know where this is.
     
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  6. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 10 pointer

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    Yessir I do!! Hope they stay around. By spring they will be 2 year olds.
     
  7. bondhu

    bondhu 12 pointer

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    JR you aint puttin enough corn out them 2 look poorly.
     
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  8. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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  9. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

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    Last winter I had 14 Gobblers (until the season started). They disappeared early, I think mated early. No one shot any of them but I have been seeing 8 this fall. Turkey numbers are definitely in decline; we had Zero acorns last year and the Squirrels are MIA now.
     
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  10. Kylongrifle32

    Kylongrifle32 6 pointer

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    Keep him after them. Its good that they learn true hunting tactics. Not every outing do you come home with what you started out to get.
     
  11. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Saw a group of 12 turkeys an then another group of 3 an finally a group of 14 to 16.
    They were put today with the rain
     

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