Gearing Up For Spring by Shane Hurkmans
With spring now here and the snow disappearing from the ground its time for some to start thinking of going turkey hunting. With warmer weather approaching, others should start getting ready other game. No matter what you hunt, take the time to look your gun over to make sure everything is in proper working order. It can be very disturbing to be out in the field before you realize that something is wrong with your gun.
All too often, people just don’t take the time to go to the range and shoot. A lot of times, people just grab their guns from the case and head out to the woods with the conception that it was shooting just fine, some odd months ago, when they put it away. Some may get lucky and this conception holds true. You never know what could happen over a few short months of storage. You could have bumped the scope or the sights in some manner or did not clean the gun properly before putting the gun away. Get out to the range and shoot your guns before season so when it is time to take your game you know your gun is capable of doing so.
Once you know that your gun is in top shape you can begin to start thinking of the upcoming year and the hunting seasons. You may want to change or upgrade something with your gun and now is the time to do it. If your looking at spring turkey hunting you may find that there are a few more choices out there as far as gun add-ons and ammunition than there were in past years. With new shells being made and new sight systems coming out at greater rates then ever before the choices are far and wide. There are many different kinds of shot shells on the market for you to choose from. Traditional lead shot in many sizes and loads as well as today’s better performing nontoxic shot. There are several kinds of nontoxic shot shells such as copper plated, tungsten, bismuth and steel among other material combinations. This gives you a lot of options to see what your gun likes. Every gun out there shoots differently with different loads, so we as sportsmen have to find what works best in our guns.
If you are someone that is just getting into turkey hunting it doesn’t hurt to ask other turkey hunters what they use. Ask what they’re shooting for loads. Take a the time to shoot different loads in your gun to see what’s going to work before you get out and find that something doesn’t work.
The most common mistake I hear is people shooting at close range turkeys and missing. They have targeted their gun at twenty and thirty yards but never at five or ten yards. This is where people fail at the range. When you find a load that goes with your gun, shoot it up close as well as finding your effective range. Remember, the closer you are the smaller your pattern is going to be.
Another thing you may consider is how you are pointing at the target. You look down the barrel at that old BB sight and you might just think there could be something better. What’s the best sight for hunting turkeys? Well, that is a good question. There are so many sights out there for turkey hunters right now that it is really hard to tell someone what to buy. Most commonly there are scopes, red dot scopes and fiber optics of various brands, sizes and prices. With optics you have to find what works for you. Not what looks cool or what others have for sights but what will work best for you and your style of shooting. Look around and do your homework before you head out the door to buy any one of these sights. I put a lot of sights on for folks and I can at least tell you what a lot of them are buying this year and in years past. The most common sights I see are styled after the older rifle sights but with the new fiber optics in them. The ones from Hivis and Trueglo are the ones I see the most. There are many others out there for you to choose from and I suggest you give them all a glance. I do put a few scopes on for people that prefer to keep with what they are use to with the scopes on their rifles. The red dot scopes come in many styles. They have different dots and sizes but as with other scopes, they give you more of an option to change the sighting of the gun. Do your homework and you can have a great season in the woods this spring.
For those of you that are going to hunt prairie dogs and other critters this year, you have so many options now that you have to ask yourself what is good for you and your style of shooting. There are new bullets and new guns to choose from among other options for you to put on or put in your gun. Scopes are clearer than ever before and prices are low enough to help people that are just getting into the sport, to get in without spending a fortune. With the Internet at hand we can shop from our homes and get a very good idea as to what is available. We can look to see what we might be interested in and learn quite a bit about them without ever leaving our homes. What I recommend is to buy what you can afford. Whatever you are buying, buy it to last for years, buy it for its durability and not because it is cool. Cool is not always the best. Spend your money wisely, take care of your gear and you can have a great day in the woods and not be worried about your equipment failing when it comes time to pull the trigger.
Take a kid out and let them enjoy what the world has to offer. Have fun out there and follow the rules of your county and state. Remember to keep it fun and to keep it safe.
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