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Old 04-07-2017, 01:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Something I never did with my older daughters hunt is pattern the gun. Big mistake on my part!
Lindsay missed a few turkeys or hit them but didn't kill them. We were using heavy shot turkey loads and after having Makenzie pattern them I see why.
Her gun likes winchester. These groups were shot at 30 yards



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Old 04-07-2017, 03:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow, that's a significant difference. No changes other than different ammo?
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, that's a significant difference. No changes other than different ammo?
She either shot way high or it didn't like the full choke. I had her shoot it twice though with both loads just to make sure and the winchester absolutely dominated the tests. If we get a shot it's going to be 30 and under so we will just use the winchester loads.

I should have shot it just to make sure but I won't be shooting so it probably doesn't matter at this point.

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Old 04-07-2017, 04:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I know one thing for sure is I should have never bought a pump shotgun. Lol they all knock your teeth out.

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Old 04-08-2017, 06:17 AM   #15 (permalink)
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We got up at 4am. Drove to our spot. It's raining so we set our blind up near a fence line of an open field. We think the birds will stay out in the open more on a rainy day like today because turkeys will use their eyesight rather then hearing for protection.

we're now just waiting for the sun to come up and birds to show up.



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Old 04-08-2017, 07:54 AM   #16 (permalink)
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We may have just made a mistake. We passed on 4 jakes at 30 yards.

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Old 04-08-2017, 07:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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There is a big old B&C tom in sight but he hasn't committed to coming this way yet.

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Old 04-08-2017, 08:14 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Love to see you out there with your kids. A couple things I've learned about shooting shotguns in general and turkey shooting specifically. Nearly all misses are due to one of two things, (1)you shoot over the target(failure to keep you cheek down on the stock) or (2)you take too long of a shot. In turkey hunting you are often sitting or are in some other weird position when you fire which increases the likelihood of pulling your cheek off the shock and shooting high. Practice shooting from sitting, shooting off to one side or the other and shooting up hill and down hill. Be right behind her when she takes each shot and verbally remind her to "keep your cheek on the stock", she will soon make this a common practice and become a killer shot. Another thing, have her aim for the base of the turkeys neck! I know there will be guys that will come on here and say always aim for the head...well, here is why that will result in more misses and wounded birds than neck shots. If, and it happens all the time, you end up shooting a little high, for the reasons mentioned above, a neck shot will still end up with a good concentration of shot in a vital area. Simply put, more kills!
Get some light loads and have that kid shoot from crazy positions, she'll learn to hit the target and probably out shoot you some day. Good job dad.

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There is a big old B&C tom in sight but he hasn't committed to coming this way yet.

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Old 04-08-2017, 10:27 AM   #20 (permalink)
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First of all good luck!
Looking at that last photo of your daughter holding the shotgun, and all I can think of is that's gotta hurt. The gun is on the inside of her arm, not shouldered. She is not facing straight at the target. Looks like a bow shooting stance rather than gun form. I'm not trying to be critical so please don't take it that way. If it works for her then great. Just wanted to point that out and maybe it will help, maybe not.
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