Self-Filmed Video: Bowhunting Wild Turkeys From a Natural Ground Blind

Check out this outstanding self-filmed bowhunt for spring 2019 wild turkeys in Kansas.

Self-Filmed Video: Bowhunting Wild Turkeys From a Natural Ground Blind

Killing a wild turkey with a bow is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you attempt to ambush one without the aid of a box blind or pop-up blind. The trick is drawing your bow without being spotted, but as you’ll see in the video below, it can be done. 

The bowhunter is Carson Kirmer, and he’s hunting with Prairie Thunder Outfitters. Carson slowly draws his compound as two Kansas strutters approach his decoys, and even though the birds are facing the blind during their approach, they must be focused on the decoys because they don’t spook.

If you’ve bowhunted turkeys before, you probably recognize that Carson is using a Magnus Bullhead broadhead, which is designed for head and neck shots. Carson does an excellent job in picking out one bird and then releasing his arrow the split-second a tom pauses near the jake decoy. Bowhunters often wait too long, and after a tom begins attacking a jake decoy, the chance for statue-still shot is greatly reduced. This is even more critical when you choose a head/neck broadhead because a tom’s noggin is rarely motionless after he begins beating up a jake decoy.


Be sure to watch it to the end and you’ll learn why it’s common for two bowhunters to double up on gobblers. The survivor can’t resist attacking his former friend. Congrats, Carson, on a fine Kansas gobbler, and thanks for sharing your video with the world.


(Viewing tip: Click fullscreen and then crank up the volume on the Facebook clip to hear the wonderful spring sounds, which include distant crow calls and gobbles, the arrow sliding across the rest, as well as Bullhead impact.)


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