When hunters shoot a deer with buckshot or with a shotgun slug and the deer doesn’t drop on the spot, they will start to looking for a blood trail. But turkeys are quite different. When a turkey is shot in the body, it will typically take off like a jet, leaving nothing behind but a cloud of dust. Hunters understand that a well-placed shot and a tight pattern is vital to tagging a tom.

The easiest way to up the odds is for hunters to pattern their turkey guns with an ideal load and choke choice. Even though hunters intend on shooting a tight pattern, the type of load and choke selection will produce different results. Hunters should figure out what their ideal kill range is and shoot various chokes and loads on clean pieces of paper. Choose the choke and load combination that gives the most consistent pattern to ensure a solid kill shot.