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    A turkey's body vital zone is small, and located up high. The body's position/stance/angle, especially on a strutting bird, makes arrow placement estimation difficult. So, the margin for error for a body shot is high. Practice, and stick to head/neck shots. It's not difficult, and it will avoid lots of potential trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.S. View Post
    A turkey's body vital zone is small, and located up high. The body's position/stance/angle, especially on a strutting bird, makes arrow placement estimation difficult. So, the margin for error for a body shot is high. Practice, and stick to head/neck shots. It's not difficult, and it will avoid lots of potential trouble.
    You're right, it's absolutely high and seems easiest to follow the direction of its neck to determine placement. But it can be hard. Perhaps I'll buy some guillotine broad heads so I can make that choice down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.S. View Post
    A turkey's body vital zone is small, and located up high. The body's position/stance/angle, especially on a strutting bird, makes arrow placement estimation difficult. So, the margin for error for a body shot is high. Practice, and stick to head/neck shots. It's not difficult, and it will avoid lots of potential trouble.
    You're right, it's absolutely high and seems easiest to follow the direction of its neck to determine placement. But it can be hard. Perhaps I'll buy some guillotine broad heads so I can make that choice down the road.
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    I use a crossbow & the only BH I will use is a magnus bullhead. When you connect there is no tracking required. If you miss then the bird walks away to live another day...
    last season I missed with my first shot. The bird didn't even flinch. I reloaded in the blind & nailed it with the second shot....

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    I've killed some and missed lots and my advice for new guys is to use a blind and keep your decoys close. I learned more in 2 years hunting from a blind than the previous 5 years using my gun. Also if you can't hit a tennis ball every time then stick to your shotgun. As for shot placement there is a lot of good info out there. TC

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    If using a broad head.i like to shoot for the spine between the wings close to the neck when the bird is facing away from me

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    LOL I know what your saying but just because you hit his leg doesn't mean you broke his leg. I once tried a back shot on a turkey, he fell like a ton of bricks then got up and started walking like nothing happened with the arrow sticking out of his back then flew off to never be seen again. I must of hit too low and the arrow must of hit a bone that stopped it still.
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    I once had a body shot that hit the thigh and the Tom took to flight with my arrow stuck in him...watched $25 of equipment fly away....LOL....

    Good video....like the options presented. I stick to head/neck shots....don't like guessing where the vitals are under all those feather when they're in full strut.
    "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life"

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    Ive used both. After loosing some birds hit with body shoots (It will happen to the best shot in the world) I almost quit bow hunting birds. So I looked in to the magnus bullheads. Head shot is the way to go. I use the 100 gr cause they seam to fly great to 15 yrds. Ive missed may but im able to go after him another day.
    I keep my decoys at 8 yards and don't shoot till they are in the decoys

    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=eGnkk8K0oGA

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    ^ Agree with the headshots. Imo best results are with a blind and put the Decoys close.

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    1. Blind.
    2. Decoys 10y, markers at 20 & 30y.
    3. Headshots are ideal but body shots are good too but can cause you to have to track the bird.

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