However, Mike is a fan of mobility and the run and gun approach and says the crossbow offers a distinct advantage in this way. While you can run and gun with a vertical bow, it can be much more challenging to call birds into range, draw and let an arrow fly without being busted first.
As with any animal, shot placement is paramount. The vitals on a turkey are small, so hunters must be precise in their placement. Mike says for archery hunters there are a few solid options, however one especially effective shot is the “Texas Heart Shot”. In this case, hunters send an arrow right up the vent of a turkey that is facing away from them which will then come out the breast. Mike says the advantage to this shot is that it anchors them on the spot, and they don’t go anywhere. Because bows today have so much power, in many instances arrows and bolts will go straight through a turkey. However, Mike says that by shooting strategically so that your arrow doesn’t exit the turkey, it can make it more difficult for them to get up and fly away wounded. Part of this strategy hinges on the broadheads you use. Mike says that he is a proponent of expandable broadheads for turkey hunting, although that’s not what he prefers for big game. Expandables, Mike says, can bleed off some of the energy that your bow delivers as they cut through the feathers and then flesh, giving you a better chance of the arrow staying with them. In addition, using a 3-blade expandable rather than a 2-blade expandable, more energy can be bled off as the 3-blade causes more resistance.
Listen in as Mike Stroff of “Savage Outdoors” joins The Revolution this week to talk crossbow hunting, shot placement and more. Watch “Savage Outdoors” Tuesdays at 10:00 pm ET on Sportsman Channel. You can also pick up previous seasons and episodes using MyOutdoorTV.