our season in NY does not open until May 1 and i cant take the wait, i eat, breathe and well you know...turkey hunting! can't wait to play the cat and mouse game with a wily old gobbler! will be after them opening day with a new .75 club butt fowler made by Mike Keller. still working on the load with some great help by SkyChief. i always pattern my gun at 25 yards which i consider worst case scenario, i would say over the years %80 of my shots have been in the 15 yard and under range. i know i know there will be many raised eye brows and doubters at that statement but its the God's honest truth. been hunting turkeys with a smokepole seance 1990 when i killed the first one with a .56 Thompson Center smoothbore at about 5 yards. have killed them with a Dixie Double in both 20 and 10 gauge both of which threw GREAT patterns as they had screw in full chokes. killed both birds last year, both jakes with a .75 cal club butt fowler made by Roy Stroh. turkey hunting with a muzzleloader is what really just blows my hair back man! i set up a little different then a traditional turkey hunter however. i want them CLOSE! to do this i ALWAYS TRY to set up in a slight dip of elevation like a small knoll, a ridge or just a place the gobbler can't see you and you can't see him until he is smack dab in front of you! i don't consider myself a world class caller but i can hold my own, i love a good box call to start them off with just something about the tone and reach of a good box call that really trips their trigger. as they close the gap i'll switch to mouth call and glass call to make very light clucks, purrs and light yelps. just love the craftsmanship of a custom box call! when i started turkey hitning in the early 80's i messed up EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. i learned through trial and error to get where i am today. don't know if i would be considered a "good turkey hunter" or not, really don't care. one thing i do know is there are not many who enjoy it as much as me! i am happier to work a bird for my friends then i am myself just to watch the look and feel on their face when that gobbler cuts loose! i'm sure there are harder critters to kill with a flintlock BUT the wild turkey i am sure ranks right at the top! seeing as i can't start hunting untill May if anyone is hunting now please post a picture here for me to live vicariously through! i don't care if its a "hero" picture or just the land you hunt i enjoy it all, hell post a pic of the gun your using this year! good luck to all and remember when that boss gobbler is working his way to you and the game is on the line "less is more" with seal the deal!