Before you head out on your next gobbler adventure, be sure you know where to shoot a turkey to ensure a clean kill.
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Learning where to shoot a turkey with a bow is a key step for success.[/caption]
Bowhunting is a great challenge. For starters you have to get close. Infiltrating the "RED ALERT" zone of wild animals is no easy task, especially when you are on their home turf. Getting close in itself can be a great test of your hunting skill. Another challenge of bowhunting is the fact that once you are in the danger zone, you now have to draw back on your quarry. Knowing when to do so and how to do so often requires learning from failure.
Bowhunting also requires supreme accuracy when on the hunt. Broadheads do not cause hemorrhaging like a bullet from a rifle will. Broadheads depend completely on laceration to make their kill. To ensure a clean kill, which should be the goal of every bowhunter, you need two things; razor sharp broadheads and knowledge of the anatomy of your quarry.
One of the most confusing animals to aim at in the woods is the turkey. Due to their variation of their body shape, knowing just where to shoot a turkey with a bow can present a big challenge. They also have a very small kill area which adds to the challenge.
Watch this brief video that does an excellent job describing where to shoot a turkey with a bow.
The trick to understanding where to aim on all animals is simply understanding the anatomy. Keep a picture in your mind of where the vitals are, and you'll understand where to aim. Turkeys offer the added challenge of different body postures, which makes things difficult.
One great piece of advice the video offered was in the way of head shots. The head of a turkey is roughly the same size as the vital area in its body. Although the head tends to bob and weave unpredictably, it is either a kill shot or a clean miss.
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Bowhunters who utilize head shots on turkeys often opt for a specialized broadhead. The Magnus Bullhead
is an example of an excellent head shot broadhead. These broadheads expand the kill area of your broadhead, and turn a close miss into a clean kill.
Knowing where to shoot a turkey with a bow is something every hunter should know before they take the field. These wary animals can give hunters fits, but once in a while hunters can gain the upper hand. Knowing how to seal the deal is all part of being a bowhunter.
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