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#7086301 - 02/20/18 01:55 PM .22 rimfire for turkeys
Hunter Daddy Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 193
Who else hunts spring rio grande turkeys with a .22 gun? I find it a whole lot more challenging, trying to get a head shot. I use a scope that is dead on at 50 yards. Plus, if you miss, who cares, you won't have to clean it! I have killed many birds with a shotgun and its just not as challenging any more.

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#7086403 - 02/20/18 03:20 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
White Falcon Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 1700
Loc: Holly Lake Ranch Tx.
Illegal!!! No rim fires!!

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#7086527 - 02/20/18 05:04 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: White Falcon]
chrswr Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 101
Loc: Leander, TX
Originally Posted By: White Falcon
Illegal!!! No rim fires!!



Are you sure....? Only restriction I see is on Eastern Turkey no rifles or handguns, only shotguns. Most of Texas has RioGrande Turkey

Firearms
Game animals and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, except:

white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may not be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber.

shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listing). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.

pellet guns and other air guns are not legal for the take of any game bird or game animal other than squirrel. To be lawful for the take of squirrel, an air rifle must be designed to be fired from the shoulder and use the force of a spring, air, or other non-ignited compressed gas to expel a projectile of at least .177 caliber (4.5mm) at a minimum muzzle velocity of 600 feet per second.

fully automatic firearms are not legal.

a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds (see Definitions - Legal Shotgun).
Silencers may be used to take any wildlife resource; however, all federal, state and local laws continue to apply.
Nongame Animals (Non-Protected) may be hunted with any lawful firearm, pellet gun, or other air gun.


Edited by chrswr (02/20/18 05:07 PM)

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#7086537 - 02/20/18 05:12 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Gamblinman Online   content
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 987
Loc: Yantis, TX
Game animals and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, except:

•white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may not be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber
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#7087382 - 02/21/18 10:16 AM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
White Falcon Online   content
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Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 1700
Loc: Holly Lake Ranch Tx.
Sorry must have changed law.

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#7087433 - 02/21/18 10:52 AM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 3046
I like using a 22 because it’s easier. I also never clean a turkey. I fillet the breast and leave the rest.

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#7087438 - 02/21/18 10:54 AM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Topper Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/23/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Collin County
My first post but wanted to jump in on the question by Hunter Daddy.

I hunt Rio Grand Turkey with a Henry Silver Boy 17 HMR, Burris 3-9x40 Fullfield II Ballistic Plex Scope. Also dead on at 50 Yards.

Very challenging and awesome fun.

Spring Turkey Hunt is all arranged.

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#7087602 - 02/21/18 12:20 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Gamblinman]
chrswr Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 101
Loc: Leander, TX
Originally Posted By: Gamblinman
Game animals and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, except:

•white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may not be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber



AND "Eastern Turkey" shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listing). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.

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#7087668 - 02/21/18 01:16 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: scalebuster]
TWarren Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/22/05
Posts: 404
Loc: Lubbock
Originally Posted By: scalebuster
I like using a 22 because it’s easier. I also never clean a turkey. I fillet the breast and leave the rest.


You're missing out on a ton of delicious meat from the legs and thighs!

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#7088370 - 02/21/18 11:03 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Sniper John Offline
gumshoe

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16799
Loc: North Texas
Been legal for rios as long as I can remember. Been a long time, but I have successfully hunted them using a 22 mag before. Sporting it is no different than using a shotgun. I never took a head or base of neck shot unless inside 50 yards. In fact I could see one making the argument that it is more sporting. I can confidently get out a little farther with less precision using my usual turkey gun an Ithaca Mag 10.

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#7090330 - 02/23/18 01:39 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Hunter Daddy Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 193
I had spoken to a Game Warden a few years back and it is legal to hunt Rio Grande turkeys with a .22 rim-fire. Of course, you don't want to be shooting a turkey in the body. You'll just wound it and it will run away. Head or neck shots only. Wait till the turkey is puffed up and moving slowly and nail him in the head. If you miss, than you won't have to clean it!

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#7091138 - 02/24/18 08:32 AM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 14064
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Works great! My youngest daughters first kill at 7 years old was a turkey at 50 yards right through the heart. It never even flopped its wings, just crumpled right there.
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#7091189 - 02/24/18 09:21 AM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Ron H Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/10/08
Posts: 1507
Loc: Dallas; hunt Palo Pinto
Remember laws are just suggestions like speed limits.

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#7091330 - 02/24/18 11:20 AM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
rexmitchell Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 2456
You don’t need to headshot a turkey with a .22 if you are wishing 100 yrds. Put it in the chest and it is plenty. Grew up shooting turkeys with a .22.

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#7093086 - 02/25/18 09:08 PM Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7668
Loc: DFW
I hunted Turkey's for the first time last year and used a .17. Am going to turkey hunt this year too and will be using the same .17.

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