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All turkey hunters, including bowhunters, will benefit from a ground blind. Author Scott Haugen is all smiles over this late-season tom he called to within arrow range. (SCOTT HAUGEN)

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the ground – with no cover – take the shot when they are facing dead away. Their worst visual window is directly behind the head, so draw while their head is down and let the arrow fly at the middle of the back between the shoulders. This shot placement will hit the spine and lungs. Knowing all we can about the game we pursue helps us better understand how to approach hunting them. When it comes to turkeys, their eyes can be a hunter’s best friend or worst nightmare. Pay attention as a turkey approaches, and know when and when not to move. When it comes time for the shot, play it smart, because these birds can react so fast, you might only get one chance. CS Editor’s note: For signed copies of Scott Haugen’s popular book Western Turkey Hunting: Strategies For All Levels, send a check for $20 (free S&H) to Haugen Enterprises, P.O. Box 275, Walterville, OR 97489, or visit scotthaugen. com. Scott is a full-time author and host of The Hunt on Netflix. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

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