Red in bow for turkey - M_K

I am under the (false?) impression that having any red on clothing or bows while hunting for turkeys is a bad idea for two reasons. 1. other hunters may accidentally mistake the red on clothing or on bow for a turkey (how this is possible i am not sure) 2. turkeys have keen eyes for red and blue, therefore you are not doing yourself a favor by standing out to them. I have read that some ppl still have success with red or blue on bow, especially from blinds. I want to hunt turkey (not in a blind, and on private or public land) with my KBX but it has red phenolics in it. Buying a second bow is out of the question for me at this point. I am considering trading for a widow with no red in it, but am having second thoughts. I would like to hear (well..read) a few thoughts and/or personal experiences in regard to this topic?

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Buckshotap
March 13th, 2014 11:03:29am

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I doubt what little red is in a bow would endanger you. However, I would keep red/blue &/or white to a minimum. The only way I can imagine a hunter shooting someone, thinking there's a turkey, is if they shoot at movement. If you ID your target before shooting, no way one can mistake a hunter for a turkey. I have turkey hunted since 1964 & never thought a hunter was a turkey. I personally know someone who was shot & severely wounded. He had his back against a big tree calling to a gobbler. He heard a noise behind him & leaned out to look. When he moved a hunter shot him in the back, neck & face with a 12 ga. at close range. Shot at movement! A camo hunter does not look like a turkey head. I carry an flo orange vest to wear when I'm leaving the woods & a flo orange bag to carry a turkey. Would not sling a dead turkey over my shoulder & walk through the woods these days!

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Buckshotap
March 13th, 2014 11:03:27am

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One other thought, watch waving toilet paper around!

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M_K
March 13th, 2014 03:03:10pm

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Thanks for sharing. Good news about the bow, bad news about other hunters. Seems one can never be too careful on shared hunting land. Great tip for carrying out turkeys, hope I will be doing that soon.

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Willie
March 13th, 2014 06:03:17pm
MK i think that is going over board.just set your bow against something 20 yards away and see if you can see the red. how much more are you endanger while turkey hunting and you have a call from mother nature (what you going to do) take care of business.ok i might of gotten off of subject.

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M_K
March 14th, 2014 01:03:47pm

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Willie, Thanks, one of the things to consider was hunters. From Buck's comment and others I've read, it seems that hunters are more tuned to movement than red. The question that remains is, how well can a turkey see the red in my bow at 20 yards. To answer that question we need to find a turkey that will spill the beans. Until, then i suppose we could conclude that a turkeys vision is more similar to a hawks than to a humans. With that being said, I feel the odds are stacked against me when trying to hunt turkey with a bow that has red in it. If we wanted, we could certainly change the trajectory of this tread and examine pooping in the woods more closely. I will leave that choice with you...

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Toby @ BW
March 14th, 2014 02:03:02pm

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I would like to blame the red in my bow for a few encounters with turkeys where I came in on the losing end but I know its not the case. Maybe it was my pink arrows and hat!

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Willie
March 14th, 2014 06:03:44pm
toby it was probably your nose and ear piercing that scared the turkeys.

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M_K
March 16th, 2014 10:03:23am

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Suppose its better not stare at that big tom with mouth open, he'll see that red tung!

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Willie
March 16th, 2014 12:03:59pm
i wear sunglasses so they dont see the whites of my eyes.the best thing i do is to put green food dye on my tongue so it is green. hehaw. for toilet paper i use camo wrapping (i have some slightly used camo for sale if anyone needs some) .

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Buckshotap
March 16th, 2014 03:03:55pm

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Nose & ear piercing, red tongues, sunglasses, green tongues, camo wrapping, slightly used camo, wow! Have you guys been hitting the Wild Turkey from the liquor store? I have seen flo orange toilet paper. Used some to mark blood trails but was a little too ruff for anything else!!

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Buckshotap
March 16th, 2014 05:03:28pm

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Biologist say turkeys see color & have 8 power binocular vision. Never saw one at an optometrist being tested. I would have to say it's probably true. I have had them see me 18' up a tree, in full camo & not moving. But then again, I have had a couple walk within 10' of me sitting on the ground. Maybe they were blind? It's a toss up on one seeing your bow.

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M_K
March 16th, 2014 08:03:59pm

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Awesome biology Buckshotap! I bet that experience makes a big difference too, and I do not mean the hunter. Old and "wise" turkeys may react quickly and accurately to something "fishy" sitting in or at the base of a tree, whereas one thats got egg shells behind the ears (Wait... turkeys don't have external ears) might not know what awaits it. willie, you can keep your soiled camo ...

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M_K
March 16th, 2014 08:03:07pm

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Or, old turkeys might not give a hoot cause they have lived a long meaningful life (i.e. mating, eating, sleeping, then repeat) HAHA

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Sandman
March 17th, 2014 07:03:02am
Probably the only red that's gonna bother them turkeys is the red blood coming out of them after you whack em a good one with your widow!

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MBates
March 23rd, 2014 02:03:13pm

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If you are hunting out of a blind it won't make a bit of difference. I have taken two girls out during the youth season and both used the same Remington 870 with a florescent pink stock and for end while they were playing patty cakes in the blind ! LOL what a circus ! A blind is the only way to go for turkeys with your Widow.

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Clint B.
March 31st, 2014 08:03:15am

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I think there is a greater risk in setting up behind turkey decoys.
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