2019 Season | Episode 2: Crossbow Turkey

2019 Season | Episode 2: Crossbow Turkey

Angler & Hunter Television host Mike Miller tries to trick a tom into range of his Excalibur 308 short crossbow. He pulls out all the stops and shows how easy it can be to miss the target by fractions of an inch.

Angler & Hunter Television is produced by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). For more information visit http://www.ahtv.com


  1. Aaron Meeks on February 18, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    If coyotes are a problem, then there is a solution lol

  2. mihajlo525 on February 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    I would actually say a crossbow has more advantages than cons considering if it’s of a velocity of around 380fps+ and properly zeroed in.
    1. Extra range: Even the best loads on the best shotguns only have a kill range up to 70 yards, even that’s a risky shot. 70 yards is a breeze for a crossbow. I killed my first turkey moving at 60 yards which is unthinkable for most shotguns.
    2. Shot placement: With a shotgun you’re limited to the head (a body shot can kill at closer than 20 yards but it ruins the meat). Even a turkey in full strut is a risky shot. Meanwhile with a crossbow any angle is acceptable.
    3. Quiet: Even a miss on a turkey with a crossbow wont spook that turkey in some occassions, I’ve missed turkeys that have only skipped a few yards in response. Any turkeys that weren’t there to witness the shot will have no suspicions of the area and you can wait for another to stroll by if you have a buddy with you.
    4. Lethality: In most cases with a shotgun, if it doesn’t instantly down the bird there’s a big chance that bird wont die. A thigh shot with a crossbow for example wont instantly down the bird but it will kill it. Plus it gives a higher chance of leaving a blood trail.
    But there are some cons.
    1. Ranging: With a shotgun all you have to do is point and shoot if you know the turkey is in range. In most cases (especially on open fields) you have to range the turkey before you shoot it. Which can be a challenge if it’s not staying still.
    2. Higher miss ratio: Even though you have a bigger target and more shot options. A couple inches too high and you only get feathers. This increases tenfold if you don’t know the exact range.
    3. Environmental factors: A gust of wind and a perfect shot placement is a clean miss. A single twig and it can deflect the arrow off course. Wind is basically not a factor with turkey load and at close range a few twigs are next to nothing.

  3. Pitt Rehab on February 18, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    nice shot

  4. Dylan chillin' like a villain on February 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Gorgeous birds, still fucks me up that something that big can fly.

  5. William J. Stilianessis on February 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    0:55 "I’m surrounded by turkeys." I feel your pain man. I’ve been surrounded by turkeys too. Work is like that sometimes. I’d better go hunting.

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