Turkey head shots
Turkey head shots are incredibly fun to watch. Why do you think they used to guillotine people in public? Something about the prospect of a human or turkey losing it’s head that gets people tuned in to watch. If you are going to try turkey head shots with your bow, there are some things you should know.
Turkey head shots tuning
Your going to have to retune your bow for attempting turkey head shots. Usually the heads used are too large a diameter to be shot from your normal set up. They simply won’t fit inside the radius cut from the riser of your bow, and often can not clear your sight bracket. For turkey head shots your arrow needs to be 3 or 4 inches longer than you are shooting now. The simple answer is to introduce a heavier spined arrow and hope it flys right, but often times it is not that simple. When you introduce the front steering of these huge diameter heads, everything has to be perfect to get them to fly past 15 yards, and if you can’t group past 15, even a 4 inch diameter is not enough to compensate for you larger groups. Expect to go through a lot of heads in the tuning process, and make sure you have a nice soft pillow to shoot up to help save on heads during the tuning process. If you are going to have a shop tune your set up, get the check book out.
Turkey head shots tips
To pull off turkey head shots, you need a first class turkey decoy to get the birds super close and super still. Set your turkey decoy at 5 yards, don’t run some half rate foam piece of crap that looks like a 6 year old made it in art class. Our best turkey decoy will get it done, as will a DSD or stuffer turkey decoy, but don’t go second rate on your turkey decoy. Realism will sell the birds and have them acting natural. You will never make the shot when the birds are putting and jumping around nervous and not standing still. Realism in your turkey decoy is key for creating favorable turkey head shot conditions.
My next turkey head shot tip is to hunt in an area with lots of turkeys. It tips the odds in your favor if you have multiple birds/chances. Simple math. Most of the videos you watch are filmed in areas with lots of birds and multiple opportunities. If you’re getting only one or 2 chances per season, you are setting up to eat your tag.
If you don’t have the bird numbers or decoys to attempt a head shot, match a good sharp Reign Broadhead to your bow and hit em high in the body for success. If you happen to get one super close, try him in the head and be ready for a second shot if you miss. When the birds come in close and hot, they will often give you a second shot if you plan for it. I like the ease of blade replacement on the Reign heads for this very reason. The stainless steel ferrule is the toughest on the market, and no need to try and sharpen the blades when you just flip in a new set. Minimize your reload movement inside the blind and move slowly for the follow up shot, and good luck.