Fun to spend time with my brother.
Turtle reduction is just a necessary thing from time to time.
Nice weather today though, shady spot from which to shoot. No hurry. Shots ranged from 30 to 90 yards, most about 60 yds.
The accuracy of the CZ-455 was well appreciated since Turtle heads are not especially large targets.
Using 17 gr. CCI 'TNT' ammo...there were NO ricochets off the water. We either hit turtle or hit water, but either way... the fragile bullet would break up immediately upon impact.
Shots that missed made a distinct popping sound and produced a large spray of water. Direct hits resulted in a 'crack' like sound and very little if any water spray.
There were dozens of turtles swimming around when we first started. At one point I had to let the barrel cool down a bit. Toward the end...we had to scan the pond for minutes at a time to spot even the smallest ones at the far end of the pond.
We were able to put a real dent in them. I want a certain amount of turtles in the pond. They provide a good service in moderate numbers, but they were just everywhere. I could not cast a top water bait out into the water without turtles immediately going for it.
Probably be O.K. now until late fall, maybe next spring.