Is Your Aim Point Accurate?
Miss a turkey with a shotgun? No way!
You say that ol scattergun has taken many limits of flying ducks and geese, and a 20-pound, standing gobbler is a sure thing, right? Think again.
Several key elements contribute to tagging a turkey with a shotgun, but the most important is to know the point of impact of the pattern in relation to your point of aim.
Wingshooters point and swing through their targets, but the turkey shooter generally takes aim at a bird as if using a rifle. It is paramount that the turkey hunter learns the point of impact of the pattern in relation to his point of aim. Its no secret that a dense shot pattern at distances up to 40 yards is important, but the pattern is all for naught if the shooter doesnt know where the center of the pattern strikes.
Unfortunately, not all shotguns throw their shot where the gun is pointed. With this in mind, every turkey hunter should carry his or her gun to the shooting range and fire at least a half-dozen rounds from a bench rest at a 30-inch target. Rounds should be fired at various distances up to 40 yards, checking the pattern after each shot from each distance.
Equally important when taking aim are these points. Practice:
Shooting while sitting down.
Shooting from awkward positions while sitting down.
Shooting with a facemask on.
Shooting in poor light.
Judging distances with your mask on and in poor light, in timber and across open fields.
Point of aim to learn point of impact.
With different loads, powder and shot at various distances with your turkey gun.
Build your confidence, and build your success. Take aim and learn where and how your gun shoots under all conditions.