Reblogged from Realtree Outdoors Turkey Blog
Know a kid who wants to go turkey hunting this year? The thought of mixing an impatient youngster and a sharp-eyed tom turkey make you a little apprehensive? Don’t worry. Not only is it doable, but it might just turn into the best hunt you have ever had.
*Don’t Overgun. Turkeys aren’t made of steel. A 20-gauge load of number 6 or 7 Hevi-Shot [where legal] will kill a turkey out to 40 yards and not beat a youngster up with recoil. Use a youth-stocked gun that fits a small-framed shooter. Don’t overchoke. A softball-sized pattern may look good on a paper target but it can make for a near miss from an excited young hunter.
*Practice, Practice, Practice. Use the lightest trap loads you can find. Make the shooting fun with paper turkey targets, small balloons or plastic bottles filled with water. Good hearing protection is a must. Do the turkey load patterning on your own.
*Use a Blind. Kids move around a lot. Blinds help hide things you would never get away with sitting next to a tree, plus they offer protection from inclement weather. Folding chairs make a long sit a lot more comfortable. Pack some quiet snacks and drinks, maybe even a book or a game to pass the time between birds. Kids aren’t known for their patience. The longer you can keep them happily afield, the better their chance at a gobbler.
Read the rest of the tips at Realtree Outdoors Turkey Blog