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Opening day turkey with Moms gun #7241380
04/12/21 10:19 AM
04/12/21 10:19 AM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 990
West Cent IL
illinideer Offline OP
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Was finally able to harvest a turkey with Moms old JC Higgens 12 ga mod 20 2 3/4 inch. Had this jake sneak in from my neighbors and shot him from about 35 yards. Heard 4 or 5 toms this morning but they were all across the creek and didn't want to play.
One of the routines that I do and have had pretty good luck with through the years is to use my slate and a mouth call to sound like a couple of hens getting into it. Aggressive yelps with fighting purrs then follow up with a couple of quick gobbles using a haint poly call I usually do 2 sets and then shut up for 1/2 hour. 9 times out of 10 I'll see a jake or tom easing in, may not get a shot but they take a peek. I compare it to rattling in young bucks.
Shot this bird with a 1 3/8oz hand load of nickle plated #6. Bang flop. For anyone interested in this load here it is. This load has shot very well out of my various guns and my friends.Mild recoil just a heavy field load

12ga Win or Rem 2 3/4 inch trap hull
32.0 grains Alliant Blue Dot
Win primer
Wad WIn AA red or Rem RP12
1 3/8 oz of nickle plated or copper plated shot no buffer
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Coyote
Mink
RedFox
Coons
Bobcats 1 Released
Grinners All of them
USN AE2 VF-31 Tomcatters
Retired SMSGT IL ANG 183 Fighter Wing
Coyote U Class #4
Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241381
04/12/21 10:23 AM
04/12/21 10:23 AM
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east central WI
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Great hunt. Awesome to use an old family gun.

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241383
04/12/21 10:28 AM
04/12/21 10:28 AM
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TN
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32gr of bluedot behind 1 3/8 of shot. I bet that will rattle your teeth!

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241385
04/12/21 10:33 AM
04/12/21 10:33 AM
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Posts: 653
Michigan
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Illini, I have shot that very load and it indeed is a killer. A high school fried had one of those guns and I remember the plastic "spaghetti" that accumulated in the cage on the end of the barrel.

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241388
04/12/21 10:34 AM
04/12/21 10:34 AM
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Michigan
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Michigan
What county are you in?

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241390
04/12/21 10:35 AM
04/12/21 10:35 AM
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Green County Wisconsin
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very nice


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Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: coonbone] #7241392
04/12/21 10:37 AM
04/12/21 10:37 AM
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Green County Wisconsin
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Originally Posted by coonbone
32gr of bluedot behind 1 3/8 of shot. I bet that will rattle your teeth!


probably no worse than the ounce and a half of #5 Rem Nitro Turkey 2 3/4 I found patterned well , I can see where #6 could do very well

I used to think you needed bigger shot , but turkeys are a different game since your only shooting the neck


America only has one issue, we have a Responsibility crisis and everything else stems from it.
Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241393
04/12/21 10:39 AM
04/12/21 10:39 AM
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Wisconsin
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Way to go!!!!!!

Moosetrot

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241445
04/12/21 12:11 PM
04/12/21 12:11 PM
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WV
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Love the Haint poly for gobbles. It has unhung a bird or two for me over the years.

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241666
04/12/21 05:55 PM
04/12/21 05:55 PM
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Michigan
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WTG thanks for sharing

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241672
04/12/21 06:00 PM
04/12/21 06:00 PM
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central Illinois
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Pretty cool.




I'm itchin' to see a coyote twitchin'.

More trappin' and less yappin'.



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Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241674
04/12/21 06:03 PM
04/12/21 06:03 PM
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Three Lakes,WI 69
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Good Job

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241693
04/12/21 06:34 PM
04/12/21 06:34 PM
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Wyoming County Pa.
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Congrats. Still a few weeks away for us

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241703
04/12/21 06:50 PM
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BBQ time.


the wheels of the gods turn very slowly
Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241709
04/12/21 06:54 PM
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The Hill Country of Texas
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Nice!


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Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241748
04/12/21 07:33 PM
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Va. Lee Co.
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Way to go !!!

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241778
04/12/21 07:53 PM
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NW MO
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Good deal. Pretty open woods compared to around here. Grazed?

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241815
04/12/21 08:24 PM
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fayette,al.
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Nice bird

Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: coonlove] #7241820
04/12/21 08:28 PM
04/12/21 08:28 PM
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West Cent IL
illinideer Offline OP
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Originally Posted by coonlove
What county are you in?

Brown county




Coyote
Mink
RedFox
Coons
Bobcats 1 Released
Grinners All of them
USN AE2 VF-31 Tomcatters
Retired SMSGT IL ANG 183 Fighter Wing
Coyote U Class #4
Re: Opening day turkey with Moms gun [Re: illinideer] #7241985
04/13/21 12:05 AM
04/13/21 12:05 AM
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Central, SD
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Good going I love the history behind the gun it makes is it special.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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