Avoiding Two Turkeys in One ShotSubmitted: 04/18/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

RHINELANDER - Two for the price of one may sound good, but if you're turkey hunting, it can get you into trouble.

The DNR wants to remind you that it is important to be extra sure of your shot this season. Many hunters have been killing two birds in one shot.

"When they see a bird come in, they're focusing on the one they want to shoot. They're not necessarily paying attention to other birds that might be in the pattern that your shotgun is firing. What that can result in is a non-target shot," says Jeremy Holtz, DNR Wildlife Biologist.

Only toms are legal to hunt know right now. But a non-target shot could mean taking a hen as well. The best way to avoid that is to know your gun pattern for the distance you're shooting.

"Take a dog food bag or something large, split it open and put that target in the middle. Shoot at it and see how far out those pellets travel. It only takes a couple of pellets in the kill zone to dispatch an additional bird," says Jeremy Holtz.

This season has been especially tough because of the snow cover and colder weather. The birds are staying close together, instead of spreading out like they usually do by now. You should try to bring your target bird closer.

"If they accidentally shoot more than one bird, we want them to contact the game warden right away and let them know what's going on. It's a violation, it's an accident but it's still a violation and we need to let them know about that," says Jeremy Holtz.

The DNR also reminds all people to wear blaze orange when walking in the woods and avoid red, white, and blue, the common colors on a turkey.

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