How To: Patterning your turkey gun for hunting success (VIDEO)
By Kristin Alberts
Spring turkey hunting is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to get ready. Whether you’re an experienced hunter or this is your first time after gobblers, you owe it to yourself and to those toms, to get that gun patterned and ready for a quick, clean kill. This will allow you to get fresh meat in the freezer, and maybe a fan for the wall.
Shots at the moving head of a trophy wild turkey don’t come easy, so best be prepared for that chance of a lifetime. So grab your shotgun, ammo, choke tubes, targets, and don’t forget eye and ear protection as well. Cardboard boxes are a nice backdrop, and turkey targets are a big benefit. Rangefinders will help mark off your yardages, though a tape measure will suffice. The name of the game is knowing how and where your chosen shotgun, choke, and ammunition will pattern—how uniform and densely—its shot will strike the target at any given range.
Whether you already have a favorite turkey load, or you’re still experimenting to find the best for your gun and terrain, the patterning board and range is the place to do that.
Turkey patterning targets like this one from