Hunting Turkey w/Shotgun: Scope Required?

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    Hunting Turkey w/Shotgun: Scope Required?

    Hey fellas- I am going to make my first attempt at turkey hunting this spring. I have a Benelli Nova that I really enjoy shooting (have slayed a few ducks with it) and am wondering if I absolutely have to have a scope on the shotgun or if I could just focus on the front sight?

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    Its a shotgun. Why would you necessarily need a scope for turkey? If you can hit what your shooting at by looking down the barrel and the front sight your good to go.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    Negative.
    I've killed around 70 turkeys and never used a scope.

    Just put that bead on his ugly little head and pull the trigger.Dont focus on the bead, focus on his head.
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    Unless you are using a rifled barrel, iron sights are more accurate than the shotgun so a scope would be an overkill ...... unless your eyesight has deteriorated, like presbyopia; then the scope would help.
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    Nope- I wear very good eyeglasses, so I should be able to smoke 'em!

    Thanks fellas!

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    I can't imagine using a scope on a shotgun (unless you're using slugs on deer). Shooting a turkey isn't like snap shooting dove, quail or even flaring ducks. If you can hit a teal zipping around your decoys, you can darn sure hit a turkey walking on the ground. Good luck on the hunt.

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    I have put a hi vis bead on my gun it really lights up in contrast to it's head
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I have put a hi vis bead on my gun it really lights up in contrast to it's head
    Ditto that. If your shotgun doesn't have one, they are well worth the additional cost especially at dawn or dusk.

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    I also have a Nova, I purchased it when they first came out, it has been to the duck blind and the turkey blind ever since I have gotten it. I use the stock sights and have not had a problem with it. I also like the bead sights because I have wing shot some turkeys before, ( walking the field edge to my blind and flushed them up) it would be hard to acquire them if I was using a scope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I have put a hi vis bead on my gun it really lights up in contrast to it's head
    +1 to this.

    I threw fiber optic front site on all my hunting shotguns and it really makes a difference. No need for a scope! Last year I took down a Tom 50 yards away with 3 1/2" magnuns with open sights. Still hit him like a ton of bricks

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    No.

    Why would you need magnification to shoot a target the size of a turkey at a range of 35to 40 yds. at max.
    As others suggested save your coin and get an FO front site or a gold beadif you want to spend coin.

    Turkey hunting is a close to intermediate range type of hunt.

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    No scope needed just a good choke tube with a tight x full tight pattern will put them down out to 50 + yds every time, I use the Remington combo shot 4x6 great stuff this has been my turkey shot for years, no need to buy all of that new BS tungston shot which is so expensive the old stuff has been good for the last 50 years to me its just a rip off sales pitch buy the ammo co.to make a profit

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    When I was a kid we used a .22 to the head. I was much easier to conceal back then!
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    How in the heck did you conceal a dead turkey?
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