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#6215068 - 03/08/16 07:13 PM It was a bad day to be a turtle.
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On the big pond there's a spot overlooking the north side of the pond where the trees are going down into the water and the turtles get up on the limbs to sun. The bank is about a mile long but the only area I can see is about 150 yards in each direction. The shots ranges from about 90 yards to 175 yards and for once there was no wind coming down the draw. I fired 83 rounds and 7 misses. The little 17 WSM is a little stouter than I thought. It was blowing up sliders 8 to 10 inches long. I'm liking this caliber more and more, wish I could say the same for the little Savage rifle. While accurate I'm just not liking the accutrigger. To be honest it just doesn't feel right but maybe I'll get used to it. So far the little rifle has been flawless other than a few short throws on the bolt. The mag has run like a champ.
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#6215090 - 03/08/16 07:25 PM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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banana I love plinking turtles.....
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#6215126 - 03/08/16 07:42 PM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Nothing wrong with a little turtle management.
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#6215224 - 03/08/16 08:32 PM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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For us in east Texas a good turtle pond is like a good dogtown to you folks out west, a load of fun. Of course y'all get to enjoy both cause we don't have prairie dogs. up
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#6215312 - 03/08/16 09:26 PM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Registered: 10/14/09
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#6215347 - 03/08/16 09:50 PM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: rickym]
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Originally Posted By: rickym
For us in east Texas a good turtle pond is like a good dogtown to you folks out west, a load of fun. Of course y'all get to enjoy both cause we don't have prairie dogs. up


I don't do it for 'fun' really, but certainly out of necessity. We have one pond in particular (stocked with fish) where the turtle population gets much too high. So from time to time...I will take my .17HMR and go thin them out.

We have a large picnic table down there...so I have a good steady rest. Usually shoot off the bipod...but sometimes will 'bag' the rifle. Any turtle within 100 yds. is is big trouble provided the wind isn't blowing too hard.

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#6215635 - 03/09/16 08:08 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Registered: 06/15/09
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My wife's grand parents had a 2 acre pond outside of Crowell. Occasionally I would go out there and run a couple of 50 hook trotlines baited with cut perch or chicken gizzards. Next day I would have a 100 hooked turtles.
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#6215688 - 03/09/16 08:44 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Registered: 05/14/14
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Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I don't have anything against shooting over-populated turtles, at all. I just wonder what predator is missing, or if there are non-native/invasive species moving in? Or is it that the only control is over population and eventual starvation?

Shooting 92% would be an "A" grade if you were in school!

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#6215840 - 03/09/16 10:11 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Loc: Rockwall
uh oh...
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#6215887 - 03/09/16 10:30 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 444
Loc: Johnson County
There's nothing funner than shooting turtles. We have 3 large tanks on the lease, and wear them out several times a year. My 10/22T is what I like to use.

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#6215894 - 03/09/16 10:34 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
banana I love plinking turtles.....


X1
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#6215905 - 03/09/16 10:40 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: Choctaw]
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Originally Posted By: Choctaw
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
banana I love plinking turtles.....


X1



Love the Explosion up
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#6216049 - 03/09/16 11:40 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: SniperRAB]
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Registered: 11/13/04
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Loc: Texoma
Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Originally Posted By: Choctaw
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
banana I love plinking turtles.....


X1



Love the Explosion up


Sitting on a tank dam with a good gun, plenty of ammo and tons of turtles is about as good as it gets.
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#6216954 - 03/09/16 08:01 PM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Turtle hunting is fun and the accutrigger is horrible!

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#6217529 - 03/10/16 09:08 AM Re: It was a bad day to be a turtle. [Re: StretchR]
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Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 270
Loc: Longview, Tx
Originally Posted By: StretchR
I just wonder what predator is missing, or if there are non-native/invasive species moving in?



Alligator would be the predator missing.

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