By Steve Hickoff
A wild turkey steps into range. Scouting, locating, calling and reducing your wallet’s weight have all paid off. It’s time to close the ultimate deal on your investment.
But suddenly that black eye drills you. The big gobbler flicks a wing and turns. It’s now or never, man. Wait a second and it might just mean never. But let’s back up a bit.
How can you ensure not missing a bird from start to finish?
Get comfortable: Set up against a tree that is at least as wide as your shoulders, and high as your camouflage-covered head.
See everything: Make sure you have a clear view of shooting lanes in front of you, and to each side.
Watch your partner: If you’re hunting with a buddy, know where they’re sitting.
Know distances: Establish ranges in which you’ll shoot your shotgun or bow, either you alone, or you and your hunting partner.
Go with the flow: If your turkey is moving toward your shooting lanes and calling, point your shotgun or bow in that direction, slowly flowing with the action.
Reference points: When that bird appears, use landmarks to reference shot distances.
Stay still: Limit your movement. Adjust your position when the turkey’s head is behind a tree or another object.
ID your target: Pull the trigger or let the arrow fly true only when the bird has been fully identified, and the head, neck and body is exposed.
Make a mental picture: Visualize the mental shot before you take it.
Pull it all together: Listen. Watch. Anticipate. Close the deal.
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