PSE’s Terry Drury Says Don’t Forget to Check that Your Arrow Will Clear the Window
Editor’s Note:PSE has asked nationally known outdoorsman Terry Drury to give us his tips and tactics for taking a wild turkeys with his PSE bow.
Because I shoot from a chair when I’m hunting out of a ground blind, I want to make sure that when I aim at a turkey and release the arrow that the arrow won’t hit any of the sides of the window from which I’m shooting, if I’m shooting through a vertical window. If I’m shooting through a horizontal window, I need to look through my pin sight, aim at the decoy and see if the arrow will hit the bottom of the window. I may have to move my decoys to make sure I can get arrow clearance once I shoot. You also can put your turkey vest, your boots and/or your daypack in your seat and then sit on them. That should make you high enough to get arrow clearance.
Terry Drury’s Calling Tactics:
Yesterday I told you how to call in a gobbler that had a flock of hens with him. But, sometimes, you’ll call in a flock of turkeys that has more than one gobbler in the flock, and all the gobblers may be longbeards. For instance one of the gobblers may be a dominant gobbler, and the other two birds will be subordinate gobblers. So, when Mark and I see there’s more than one gobbler in a flock, we change our calling strategy. Instead of trying to call in the dominant hen like we do when only one gobbler is in a flock, we start calling aggressively to the gobblers to attempt to pull one of those three longbeards out of the flock. So, knowing which turkeys in the flock you want to call to and to talk to when a flock of birds is coming to your decoy is very important to your success.
When the turkeys come in, you’ve got to look for a place to put the arrow. One of the worst shots to make is when a gobbler’s facing you, and you try and shoot him through the breast. A better shot is to wait for that gobbler to turn broadside to you and place the arrow about 3 inches back from the crease in the turkey’s wing. Or, if the turkey’s in full strut, wait for him to turn away from you. Put the arrow right at the base of his tail feathers in the anus area. That way, you can make the draw without the turkey seeing you, and your arrow will go through the vitals. But, Mark and I both prefer to take broadside shots, if we can get them.
Tomorrow: PSE’s Terry Drury Says to Make Sure You Have Time to Set Up on Turkeys
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