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.22 rimfire for turkeys #7086301
02/20/18 07:55 PM
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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.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7086403
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Illegal!!! No rim fires!!

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: White Falcon] #7086527
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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.

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Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7086537
02/20/18 11:12 PM
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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




" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."
Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7087382
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Sorry must have changed law.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7087433
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I like using a 22 because it’s easier. I also never clean a turkey. I fillet the breast and leave the rest.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7087438
02/21/18 04:54 PM
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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.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Gamblinman] #7087602
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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.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: scalebuster] #7087668
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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!

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7088370
02/22/18 05:03 AM
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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.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7090330
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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!

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7091138
02/24/18 02:32 PM
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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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Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7091189
02/24/18 03:21 PM
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Remember laws are just suggestions like speed limits.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7091330
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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.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7093086
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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.

Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7093136
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I've shot many turkeys with .22 Mag and never felt I was undergunned. Head or neck shot is best, but vitals also work. Get good ammo with better ballistics - I prefer Hornaday V-Max. 30 grain and 2200 fps. I think Winchester has one similar.


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Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7098378
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I shot my first turkey this yr with a 270 base of the neck. It dropped dead LOL.


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I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

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Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7109762
03/13/18 02:18 PM
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17hmr, been there done that


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Re: .22 rimfire for turkeys [Re: Ron H] #7120679
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Originally Posted By: Ron H
Remember laws are just suggestions like speed limits.


Lol yes and it's not illegal it you don't get caught..my wrestling coach use to teach us that one..crazy man..he got caught sleeping with one of the cheerleaders..it became illegal real fast for him

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