Prologue: I should have listened to myself

by May 5, 2014Turkey Hunting

Prologue: I should have listened to myself

On Thursday night, before our big outing with Brian, Dad and I sighted in our new shotgun.  We paced out 30 yards and started shooting at our make-shift turkey heads.

Dad shooting at 30 yards.
Dad’s pattern.
My pattern.

My comment to Dad after I took two shots at this piece of paper: “As long as a turkey comes in from my left, I should be in good shape.”  Oh the irony! 

Dad and I were confident that as long as a turkey was within 30 yards, we would be in good shape.  I worked on setting the bead in the middle of the gun so that it would not pull to the left.   It was a new gun for us and long – 28 inches but it was comfortable and I was confident that I could shoot it.

We went to bed around 8pm so that we wwould somewhat functional when the alarm went go off at 2:30am.

What happened next has been playing over and over in my head ever since…

3 Comments

  1. Erin, hey did I miss something? I was reading and it left me hanging. What did happen?

    • No Rick, I just got busy and have to finish the blog about the hunt. It's a doozy =)

  2. "00" buck shot should do the trick looking at that patten Erin..

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