Turkey Hunter Interactions

winmag

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I know this happens all the time, but I just don’t get how this happens.

I’ve walked into peoples setups before… always because they were on the trail, but only once in 10 years of hunting have I gotten to within 50 yards of someone and not noticed until they said something. ( dude in a tree stand in CO, elk hunting… was not expecting it)

How do you not notice folks? How do you mistake a person for any game animal?
I know what you mean. I don’t really understand it either. I get excited while hunting but not delusional.

The guy that lost his eye is actually now friends with the guy that shot him. I’ve heard them both tell the story. The shooter said he was on a bird that kept going away from him and he was pursuing it. My friend was sitting motionless calling every 15 minutes or so. He was wearing full camo, the only exposed skin was what his facemask didn’t cover around his eyes. My friend never knew the shooter was there. The shooter said he was 100% certain he was looking at a turkeys head. And then he shot someone in the face at 32 yards. And in an instant he realized it wasn’t a turkey.
 

wllm

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I know what you mean. I don’t really understand it either. I get excited while hunting but not delusional.

The guy that lost his eye is actually now friends with the guy that shot him. I’ve heard them both tell the story. The shooter said he was on a bird that kept going away from him and he was pursuing it. My friend was sitting motionless calling every 15 minutes or so. He was wearing full camo, the only exposed skin was what his facemask didn’t cover around his eyes. My friend never knew the shooter was there. The shooter said he was 100% certain he was looking at a turkeys head. And then he shot someone in the face at 32 yards. And in an instant he realized it wasn’t a turkey.
So this story... then the muzzy guy who blasted a bow hunter in CO.

You can't tell a human from a turkey/elk under 50 yards, but you were sure enough, to pull the trigger, that you were looking at a Tom/Bull?

You have to gender both species, how the hell do you gender another hunter's eye as a tom?
 

ElkFever2

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Last fall I was accessing a large chunk of public through a narrow trail. On the way in I see a hunter with a crossbow sneakily moving ahead of me in the same direction. I looked to see if there was an animal he was stalking, and there was not. He was just “hunting his way in”. I made a bird sound to get his attention. No response. Walked closer, and repeat. Did this 3 times total. He was so “in the zone” he didn’t notice me at all. I could not fathom how he did not hear me crunching leaf litter, or whistling like a fake bird. Anyways, I’m about 20 yards behind him and quietly say “hello” - he about jumped out of his skin.
 

WoodMoose

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I think I may wear an orange hat turkey hunting now though, at the very least maybe it would keep me from having to shout at someone to alert them to my location.

I carry a 8”x24” piece cut off a V-17 panel (fluorescent orange) rolled up in my possibles bag - I’ve had to flash it at a couple of folks coming to close
 
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