8 Surefire Tips for Picking Your Shot on Turkeys

Flubbed shots of all varieties can occur on game animals, with turkeys especially apt to bring on poor shooting. There are plenty of excuses floating around out there as to why arrows suddenly go errant, but the main reason is between our ears. It's not that we can't make the shot; it's that we don't for some reason.

This can be a maddening affliction. I know because I suffered from it for a long, long time. I'm a fairly competent caller and know how to set up for birds, but making the shot was a tough proposition for me. I fell apart every time. Eventually, I got so frustrated that I started practicing on 3D turkey targets and setting up my blinds and decoys so my shots would be as easy as possible.

I also started thinking about where exactly to aim on a turkey as opposed to simply aiming at the whole bird. This is no different than how I clawed my way out of a pretty serious case of buck fever. I started concentrating much more on making the shot, and just how to do that perfectly in every encounter. Naturally, it doesn't always go perfectly, but it has gotten better.

Following are some shots you'll be offered this turkey season, and a breakdown of whether to take them or pass.

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