- Feb 22, 2019
- Reaction score
Turkey hunting is a different sport? Why yes it is. It requires a lot more skill than just shooting at a bird flying by. A more in-depth knowledge of your prey is a must, in addition to a well developed skill in proper turkey calling. There are no dogs or blockers around to flush out a bird - it's just you and your ability to call in a bird - who will just as likely think your calling efforts are lacking and head in the opposite direction. You imply that only public land turkeys are any sort of challenge. Maybe that's true where you turkey hunt. I have never had an easy turkey hunt on private land. In fact, it's been quite the opposite - virtually all have been very cagey, and have required a lot of effort (and patience) to get one to come within shotgun range. I'm afraid I also don't get your comparison of turkey hunting being "brutal" while pheasant hunting is apparently just plain fun (and not brutal). A dead bird is a dead bird - and both taste good to me.I’ve hunted wild pheasant in South Dakota and had so much fun. It was a driven hunt as described by an earlier poster, in a corn field with blockers at the end as walkers move toward the blockers through the field. As the walkers get closer to the end of the field the pheasant start to flush. All parties call out the sex of the bird because hens aren’t legal to shoot. Like,”hen hen hen ROOOSTERRRR!” And whoever has the best shot goes. It was great sport loved being out with family and the dogs. The pheasant are beautiful and great to eat. There’s a big family feast after cleaning the birds.
Turkey hunting is a different sport, I can actually see Feltwads point because of the brutality of turkey hunting. I acknowledge using an Excalibur or X-out is more sporting from a fair chase standpoint, but I personally find it distasteful. When you get down to it though, hunting is fairly brutal no matter how you slice it and ritual makes it culturally less gruesome. Unless you’ve lived a particular culture, you can’t judge harshly. I can say for certain that wild turkey, especially pressured birds on public land are a very worthy game and I would encourage any hunter to give it a try. It is both very challenging and a lot of fun.