Have you ever killed a turkey with a bow? If not, you should try it this spring. Turkey hunting with a bow is fun and challenging. It is challenging because getting a turkey within bow range can be extremely difficult. Gobblers love to hang up at 45 yards and stay there while they wait for the hen. It can also be challenging because killing a turkey with an arrow can be difficult. Gobblers often run off after the shot, never to be seen again. Below are a few tips that will help you notch your tag this spring.
THE HEAD SHOT
The most difficult shot to take when turkey hunting with a bow is the head shot. On the other hand, the head shot is the best shot to take if you want to ensure a quick clean kill. The great thing about taking a head shot is you will either take the turkey’s head off, killing him quickly, or you will miss him clean. When you take a head shot, the odds of wounding him are very slim.
DO AN ALARM PUTT
The problem with taking a head shot is a turkey very rarely stops moving his head and the head is small. If you want to increase your odds of success, you need to get the turkey to stop moving his head. The best way to do that is to do a cluck or an alarm putt on your turkey call when you want to take the shot. This will cause the gobbler to stop what he is doing and throw his head up in the air, giving you an opportunity to take a good clean shot at a non-moving target.
USE A STRUTTING DECOY
Another way to increase the odds of success is to use a strutting decoy and make sure the decoy is about 15 yards away and facing you. When a boss tom comes into a decoy, he always wants to face the decoy. By having the decoy face you, the tom must come in super close and square off with the decoy, which will give you a close shot and the tom will be distracted by the decoy.
SHOOT AT A TURKEY TARGET
It is important to note that if you plan to shoot a turkey in the head this spring, you need to be extremely accurate. When preparing for turkey season, I often shoot at a turkey target. Realistic practice is a great way to prepare for hunting. I use a Morrell Back To Back turkey target when practicing in the spring.
THE RED DOT ADVANTAGE
Because being accurate is so important, making sure you have a bow sight that is dialed in is a must. The Adjustable Red Dot bow sight is a great option. With a red dot sight, all you have to do is put the small red dot on the turkey’s head and pull the trigger on your release. With the ARD system, the size of the red dot is adjustable so you can make the dot big or small. For pinpoint accuracy, a small red dot is best.
USE A POP-UP BLIND
If you want to shoot a turkey in the head this spring, hunt from a pop-up ground blind. A ground blind will conceal your movement so you can easily get a bow drawn without being seen by a nearby gobbler.
Turkey hunting with a bow is fun but it can be one of the most challenging bow hunts you ever go on. The above tips will increase your odds of success this spring.