It happens every turkey season. Every spring, a hunter takes their time scouting for that prime turkey location. When they finally find it, they arrive early each morning to catch those turkeys flying down from their roost. Then they trick that old tom into coming with strategic calling. The hunter lines up the bead on their shotgun and squeezes off a round only to have the turkey run off, leaving the hunter to wondering what happened.
Before the season starts is not only the time to pattern turkeys, it is the time to pattern your turkey gun. Set up turkey targets at different yardages and see what your pattern looks like. Experiment with different chokes and loads until you find the ones that are going to work best in your gun. This helps you know the limits of your gun. Look for the pattern that has the most pellets in the vital areas.
Patterning your shotgun is simple and helps ensure a more satisfactory experience for the hunter. It also helps prevent nonfatal wounding of the birds.