Left handed turkey

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okawbow

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Saturday was the next to last day of the fall shotgun turkey season. I had hunted for 4 days without seeing much and wasn’t too sure I would get a chance this year. I sat with my back against a big log all afternoon, until about 5pm and heard a putt! Behind me. I slowly turned and saw about 30 turkeys looking at me. I had a second or two to shift my flintlock 12 ga. To my left shoulder and squeeze off a shot at the last bird in line at about 30 yards. The flash from the pan and the smoke blinded me for a couple seconds, but I saw the bird roll and go down. The turkey gun strikes again! The 10th bird in 6 years with that gun.

3 drams 2f with 1 1/4 oz #6 shot. 2, 1/8” hard card wads over powder, 1 felt cushion wad, another 1/8” hard card wad over the shot.
 

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Good for you budd.....these left handed turkeys.....do they always turn left when they fly or does it make them go right ;)
 

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Shooting left handed has always been difficult for me. Ironically I do my job with both hands but favour the left and write with the left but ask me to shoot left handed....nooooo sir.
 

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I hear ya!
I’m left eye dominate, but a vitreous detachment and age have made my left eye very weak and it’s hard to aim with. I’ve practiced that shot, though and it’s doable.
 

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Congratulations Okawbow!

I've never met a left-handed turkey I didn't appreciate. Come to think of it, the same goes for the right-handed ones too.

Thank you for sharing, Skychief.
 

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Over the years I've found myself having to shoot "lefty" or not at all. With close shots it's no big deal; but I wouldn't try it with long shots.
 

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I have shot two deer that came in from the "wrong side" of the tree stand, one duck that flushed to the"wrong side" of the canoe, and two longbeards that came in to the "wrong side" of my turkey set up. Being left handed, the "wrong side" may be different, but practicing all forms of shooting "strong" and "weak" side makes a lot of sense. A little slower, but just as effective.

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