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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 04:13:33 PM »
Happens every year. People wonder why some say stalking turkeys is a bad idea. I know 2 people who got shot at the same time back in NY turkey hunting, and as much as I hate to say it, I know an old guy who shot another hunter one year. That guy never hunted again because he couldn't stand the fact that he made a mistake and shot someone. 
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 04:26:04 PM »
Wow.  There was a thread on here last year about a guy in this state getting shot during turkey season.  Be careful out there.  Know your target and what lies beyond.  One of the most important rules to follow when hunting anything.
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 04:56:23 PM »
how about not using a turkey fan as face camo? sounds like that's what they were doing? also a bad idea!

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 10:34:24 PM »
how about not using a turkey fan as face camo? sounds like that's what they were doing? also a bad idea!
This is not logic. Nothing supercedes our duty as hunters to be 100% sure of our target.Nothing. A man holding a fan does not look like a gobbler. Not even a little if the offender took the time to be certain.

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 11:01:47 PM »
how about not using a turkey fan as face camo? sounds like that's what they were doing? also a bad idea!
This is not logic. Nothing supercedes our duty as hunters to be 100% sure of our target.Nothing. A man holding a fan does not look like a gobbler. Not even a little if the offender took the time to be certain.
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 05:09:16 AM »
how about not using a turkey fan as face camo? sounds like that's what they were doing? also a bad idea!
This is not logic. Nothing supercedes our duty as hunters to be 100% sure of our target.Nothing. A man holding a fan does not look like a gobbler. Not even a little if the offender took the time to be certain.

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You'd like to think so, but it's still a risk if you're going to do it.

Personally, I don't think it's a good idea to do it on public property.

Kind of like I should be able to leave my keys in the ignition.   I should be able to do it, but it's a bad idea.

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 06:38:04 AM »
how about not using a turkey fan as face camo? sounds like that's what they were doing? also a bad idea!
This is not logic. Nothing supercedes our duty as hunters to be 100% sure of our target.Nothing. A man holding a fan does not look like a gobbler. Not even a little if the offender took the time to be certain.

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Using a turkey fan in front of your face while in camo is tantamount to not looking both ways before you cross the street just because you, as a pedestrian, have the right of way and shouldn't have to. If you get hit by a car, it is indeed the driver's fault. That doesn't make you any less dead or disabled. Yes, the shooter should've been sure of his target and what lay beyond it. That doesn't make this victim any less shot. We have a responsibility to keep ourselves safe, as well as not shooting others.
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 06:41:15 AM »
Sometimes, every once in a while... the dumb runs too deep.  :twocents:
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 07:08:52 AM »
how about not using a turkey fan as face camo? sounds like that's what they were doing? also a bad idea!
This is not logic. Nothing supercedes our duty as hunters to be 100% sure of our target.Nothing. A man holding a fan does not look like a gobbler. Not even a little if the offender took the time to be certain.

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Using a turkey fan in front of your face while in camo is tantamount to not looking both ways before you cross the street just because you, as a pedestrian, have the right of way and shouldn't have to. If you get hit by a car, it is indeed the driver's fault. That doesn't make you any less dead or disabled. Yes, the shooter should've been sure of his target and what lay beyond it. That doesn't make this victim any less shot. We have a responsibility to keep ourselves safe, as well as not shooting others.

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I agree with all of it - only shoot what you know you should be shooting, and don't set yourself up to get shot.  If you expect everyone else out there to be as smart as you, you'll be very disappointed when reality hits in the form of some magnum turkey load.

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 07:25:30 AM »
It is dumb to put oneself in that position in the first place. It is also dumb to theoretically shoot a turkey in the ass...let's face it...the guy who shot the turkey fan in front of the other guy's face was, in his mind, shooting a turkey in the ass.  Who's more dumber? It's a coin toss.

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 07:51:52 AM »
It is dumb to put oneself in that position in the first place. It is also dumb to theoretically shoot a turkey in the ass...let's face it...the guy who shot the turkey fan in front of the other guy's face was, in his mind, shooting a turkey in the ass.  Who's more dumber? It's a coin toss.

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 07:58:52 AM »
Turkey hunting is the most dangerous of the hunting sports.  I know when I used to help teach hunter ed, it always had the highest rate of mistaken for game incidences reported across the nation.  You have guys either set up for turkeys or stalking them in full camo with decoys.  Be safe and know your intended target.
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 08:47:10 AM »
Turkey hunting is the most dangerous of the hunting sports.  I know when I used to help teach hunter ed, it always had the highest rate of mistaken for game incidences reported across the nation.  You have guys either set up for turkeys or stalking them in full camo with decoys.  Be safe so and know your intended target.

Exactly. One invisible/full camo'd guy making turkey noises with fake turkeys set up 20 yards in front of him with another guy stalking the turkey noises. Come over a rise and see turkey making noise, shoot other guy in the face.
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2017, 09:05:57 AM »
Just to make sure everyone is safe out there!

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2017, 09:14:51 AM »
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2017, 09:15:43 AM »
Turkey hunting is the most dangerous of the hunting sports.  I know when I used to help teach hunter ed, it always had the highest rate of mistaken for game incidences reported across the nation.  You have guys either set up for turkeys or stalking them in full camo with decoys.  Be safe so and know your intended target.

Exactly. One invisible/full camo'd guy making turkey noises with fake turkeys set up 20 yards in front of him with another guy stalking the turkey noises. Come over a rise and see turkey making noise, shoot other guy in the face.
It's actually amazing it doesn't happen more.

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2017, 09:25:35 AM »
Do not use this method of turkey hunting! Seems fun and effective but extremely dangerous for yourself and others in the field, private or public!

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2017, 09:26:10 AM »
I remember in hunters ed back in the early 80s we had to watch a video of a re-enactment of a guy turkey hunting dressed in brown with a red head scarf making turkey gobbles, getting stalked by a hunter and shot in the head.  Not sure if that is still in the education videos these days, or if videos are still part of the required regiment. But it made a lasting memory for me.

Page 6 of the Washington turkey regs has a clear summary on what not to do under "safe and ethical turkey hunting". Always seemed common sense to me. 

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2017, 09:37:06 AM »
I remember in hunters ed back in the early 80s we had to watch a video of a re-enactment of a guy turkey hunting dressed in brown with a red head scarf making turkey gobbles, getting stalked by a hunter and shot in the head.  Not sure if that is still in the education videos these days, or if videos are still part of the required regiment. But it made a lasting memory for me.

Page 6 of the Washington turkey regs has a clear summary on what not to do under "safe and ethical turkey hunting". Always seemed common sense to me.
That video is still used today in some classes.

Just started another thread about hunting safely and last year's hunting incidents.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,212443.0.html
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2017, 09:46:31 AM »
I was on a pheasant release site on Ft Lewis and saw what appeared to a black bear walking away on the far side of a blackberry thicket, turns out it was a teenage girl out hunting with her dad, actually just tagging along, who was wearing a fur hat with ears on it.  It takes the damnedest of damn fools to think up some of these dumb tricks.   

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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2017, 09:50:04 AM »
Do not use this method of turkey hunting! Seems fun and effective but extremely dangerous for yourself and others in the field, private or public!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DU9WT9qhH-yg&ved=0ahUKEwjplszDwsLTAhUB8mMKHRZJBpsQwqsBCDkwBg&usg=AFQjCNFsN3xkh3-jPqU7qrGzyaCf8R-btQ&sig2=f3m3rmyopCq8TzT_FDXn7A


Get on youtube and search "turkey fanning" or "turkey reaping". Or google "Be the Decoy"!
These techniques are actually being pushed pretty hard.
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2017, 10:02:06 AM »
Do not use this method of turkey hunting! Seems fun and effective but extremely dangerous for yourself and others in the field, private or public!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DU9WT9qhH-yg&ved=0ahUKEwjplszDwsLTAhUB8mMKHRZJBpsQwqsBCDkwBg&usg=AFQjCNFsN3xkh3-jPqU7qrGzyaCf8R-btQ&sig2=f3m3rmyopCq8TzT_FDXn7A


Get on youtube and search "turkey fanning" or "turkey reaping". Or google "Be the Decoy"!
These techniques are actually being pushed pretty hard.

I have seen this style being pushed on a few hunting shows since last season. I wonder if it will end up being outlawed after enough incidents arise. You will not catch me doing it, ever!
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2017, 10:11:18 AM »
especially on public ground...
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Re: Make sure what you are shooting at is a turkey
« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2017, 10:29:22 AM »
Its akin to walking through the elk woods in full camo with last year's rack strapped to your head.

Pretty dumb.
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