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Ok I haven't went Turkey Hunting for last few years. I have a 20Ga. with Scope for Slugs on Deer, I was going to use this Gun for Turkeys but I also have a Benelli 12Ga. I have a Red Dot Scope, thinking of mounting it on and using the 12Ga.

Reason I have quit hunting was soon as I called they would go the other direction. This is after years killing many Turkeys, called them in no problem.

This year thinking setting my Blind up, put my Decoys out and hope for the best and not hunt open fields because I figure several others will be.

Thoughts?

oneshot

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Stealth seems to fade with age.  You can't hear yourself make noises like you did when you were younger.  Turkeys don't seem to age much or loose their eyesight and hearing.

I have noticed that game seems to pay more attention to me now than the younger days.  I get busted alot more now than when I was young.

As far as putting a red dot on a scattergun, I have never really seen the need.  Blinds and decoys work, but a smart Tom can pick them out pretty fast.  I think the global warming has pushed the mating season back, MDC has not adjusted accordingly.  The season seems to run too late now.  Youth season seems to be spot on.

I drove past a field the other morning after a ice storm and there was several toms in full strut slipping around on the icy ground.  First thought was wow, they must be numb to the world.  Second thought was that cold north wind blowing on his exposed butt must be pretty chilly, the ice chunks surrounding his toes, and ruffled feathers losing all his body heat, man he wants to breed worse than I did that morning.  Imagined tossing myself out of bed, naked, into that mess of weather.  Sex would be the last thing on my mind.  May have been different at 18.

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You are in great turkey country. Any of those guns will work fine without the fancy scopes...   Nobody had that fancy crap 20 years ago.   I hunt in 3-5 states a year and all I use is a 870 12 .  I will use a .410 sometimes and always have an Ithaca 20  in the truck.  Best time of the year is spring Turkey, crappie, walleye, moral season.  Just get out there!

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Been 3 years since I've seen any strutting in the fields. I have no idea why.

Put the Red Dot on because I can't hit with this Gun like I could with my Old One.

oneshot

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21 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Toms struttin in the field on the way to work 2 weeks ago. 

Haven’t seen em since it got warmer.  No hens. 

I saw a big tom strutting today for two other smaller toms.  Hens aren't up for it yet, but as usual, the guys can hardly wait.

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14 minutes ago, oneshot said:

Been 3 years since I've seen any strutting in the fields. I have no idea why.

Put the Red Dot on because I can't hit with this Gun like I could with my Old One.

oneshot

Hunt with what you like.  It's not rocket surgery.

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a buddy uses a red dot & likes it.  may be easier to see the red dot lined up on the bird.  I dont use a red dot scope.  i did change out the front fiber optic pin on my 12 so I could see it better though.  I prefer a green pin.  

as for using the blind & decoys, i say go for it.  might try to find some roosting in the week or 2 before season & set up near there.  

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