How come duplex loads are prohibited for turkey hunting?
You would have been right until a year or two ago. They reinstated that #2 was legal for turkeys in AR. Scares the bejeebers out of me knowing that someone might shoot me with those! A load of #4's would be bad enough.
I haven't turkey hunted in years, so I didn't know that. I use 3.5" #5's anyway.You would have been right until a year or two ago. They reinstated that #2 was legal for turkeys in AR. Scares the bejeebers out of me knowing that someone might shoot me with those! A load of #4's would be bad enough.
Never did hear, or there never was proffered a reason for the change.
I promise not to start a fight, but I have to ask, why would you choose to body shoot them?It allows those of us who prefer to take body shots of turkeys the oppurtunity. You should see a bird drop when hit with a load of #2 hevi-shot. But yes I agree it can be more dangerous. Works great on predators out to about 50 yards also.
Here's the quote from the AG&F website:Ooops, you're right. I meant to type that, but my fingers don't listen sometimes :smack:
I've hit turkeys dead to rights with #5's, #6's and had them not receive lethal hits. I've had turkeys suddenly find new life as I was walking up on them. Talk about frustating:smack: I've patterned my loads and everything but sometimes you can have holes in the pattern. Also people who don't have a super full choke turkey gun sometimes find this more effective. A good load of #4's works well also, just not as far. I don't see it wasting more meat, the holes are large but spaced apart. I aim for the base of the neck, and haven't had a turkey even twitch since I switched.I promise not to start a fight, but I have to ask, why would you choose to body shoot them?
Personally I find it wastes a lot of great meat, that they stand a better chance of getting away (guess #2 might be the answer to that), and that it is just a lot more challenging and fun to shoot them in that bright red and white target God gave them.
That's what I was saying... #2 is legal.Here's the quote from the AG&F website:
Only shotguns (10 gauge and smaller) and archery equipment (including crossbows) are legal for turkey hunting. The use of modern rifles or pistols; muzzleloading rifles or pistols; shotguns larger than 10 gauge; or shot larger than No. 2 common shot including duplex loads, is prohibited.
You CAN use #2 shot in duplex loads or otherwise.
If someone peppers ya with #2s........you will understand why AGFC banned them from turkey hunting in the first place. Ask a goose hunter why they would use #2s. In my opinion, AGFC made a big blunder if they lifted that ban!!That's what I was saying... #2 is legal.