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  •  Here's another opinion on the "common use" (2+ / 0-)
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    of rifles.

    For those who would prefer "the bullet":

    The trend in state hunting regulations in the last three decades has been to move away from rifles for turkey hunting. In 1983, 11 states allowed rifles for spring turkey hunting and 15 allowed rifles for fall turkey hunting. By 1992, this had decreased to nine and 14 states, respectively. In 2009, six states allowed rifles for spring turkey hunting, at least at some times and in some areas, and nine states allow fall turkey hunting with rifles in at least some areas of the state.
    In addition to the legality, safety, ethical and edibility factors, there is one other reason that many hunters prefer shotguns to rifles for turkey hunting. The appeal and challenge of turkey hunting lies in calling a gobbler into close range; (less than 40 yards), then making a clean, one-shot kill. To these hunters, shooting a turkey at long range with a rifle takes the challenge away from the hunt.
    So, if you have ever wondered why your state wildlife agency doesn’t allow rifles for turkey hunting, now you know the facts. Traditions are hard to change. Turkey hunters need to make a commitment to what is best for all hunters and the wild turkey. — James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., NWTF chief conservation officer

    "The bill's sponsor has a better chance of being the next Pope" ~ attributed to Rep. Eric Burlison of Missouri

    by 43north on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 05:43:14 AM PDT

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    •  Besides those reasons....... (3+ / 0-)
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      ....a turkey won't have enough mass to stop a bullet. The bullet will proceed until it hits something to stop it....maybe a .22 would stay in the bird....maybe.

      I always thought most turkeys were taken with a shotgun.

      Rule #7...If you supported the Iraq war, you don't get to complain about the national debt.

      by suspiciousmind on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:16:01 AM PDT

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    •  People really do use rifles for turkey where (0+ / 0-)

      we live. I'm sorry you assume I'm a liar. Shame on you.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:22:32 PM PDT

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    •  I find it absurd that you are so worked up (0+ / 0-)

      that folks shoot turkeys with rifles down here. Having read a bit on hunting forums this morning, it seems that rifle hunting for turkeys is considered pretty lazy and low-class. But a lot of people here use them because they just want the bird.

      My diary is not at all about the ethical considerations of hunting, and has nothing at all to do with hunter disagreements about the best way to hunt turkey. I could not care less about that.

      I was wrting about a family near-catastrophe that affected me deeply and which I ventured to share--I cannot believe your response.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 01:49:09 PM PDT

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