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    First boolit turtle

    I put out a three year old hay bale for the named bovines to clean up. Not paying attention to where I set it down- just close to the leftovers of burning brush. After eaten, the leavings make great fire tinder. Anyway, that night we had 40mph winds from the South.
    I also have a bull named John who likes to wreck bales with his head.
    One or both rolled the bale 80 yards into the pond, resulting in the best turtle gathering spot ever.
    There was only one there today, so I drove up as close as I could, lined up the 22-'250/58gr cast....and shot over it. For some reason it stayed for a second try so I aimed a little lower and sailed him. Sorry no pics of the turtle but it was about 12" size...
    Dont worry, I dont shoot towards Pawpaws house.

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    Many years ago I had 50 acres out by Checotah, on Lake Eufala. There was an inlet protected by a shale/sand bar, the inlet would fill only when the lake was high.
    The inlet was down in a swale, 3 sides were high banks, maybe 30+ feet. Lots of deadfalls, excellent places for turtles to sun.

    Best turtle shooting ever. The place was infested.
    Not concerned about ricochet, I could take a box of 22s and have a ball.
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    Ah, fond memories of me yoot! When I was a lad, we had a neighbor that was part of a group that leased a bunch of ponds in western OK, he used to take me fishing. Great bass and catfishing! But the ponds were infested with turtles.

    After the biggest bass I ever caught in my life was eaten alive on my stringer, it was war. My dad had a scope mounted on my Remington 514 single shot .22, and I became a turtle sniper. Got really good at it too! I shot dozens of those <expletives> over a couple of summers, pretty much gave up on fishing, turtle shootin' was LOTS more fun!

    Still have that old 514, it's as loyal as a hound dog, and still deadly accurate. Good times!

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    What? No turtle soup?
    QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?

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    As the weather warms, that'll be their prime spot.

    In our channel, we had an infestation of them, and they will destroy the fishing.
    The little devils will push a game fish off their nest and eat the eggs.
    They compete with catfish for the same food.

    Year before last- I shot, trapped, and fished for & caught almost a hundred of them.
    Last summer was the first year of decent fishing off our dock in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdfoxinc View Post
    What? No turtle soup?
    About the only ones ya want to eat are the alligator snapping turtles, which are rare and protected in most places.
    The other water turtles are sort of up there with eating armadillos.

    The Chinese buy & eat 'em. But they can carry botchalism**, and taste like mud.
    I don't even know any Kajuns that eat them.


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    That's why they don't sell baby water turtles in the stores anymore like when we were kids.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.

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    Reminds me I need to thaw out one of snappers I cleaned. Wish we had alligator snappers around here. Snappers and soft shells are the eaters in my neck of the river. Never tried painters, map, or false maps which are the other species we have here.


    Think I’m going to boil and crock my meat till it’s soft and try to make sweet and sour Turtle.

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    Which one of you guys put the turtle on the fence post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Gebirgsjager View Post
    Which one of you guys put the turtle on the fence post?
    Not me, that’s too mean. Why, I even helped a lady Box Tortoise back on her belly after her lover bred her and left her on her back like the jerk that he is True story; three of us were walking a mile back to the ATV after a fruitless stalk on a good pronghorn. We walked right up on the lust in the dust and just stood back and watched something few get to see. After Romeo left, we watched her lay there for a few minutes before she started moving her legs. I turned her over and we laughed about it for a while. I thought later that I hope she wasn’t supposed to lay upside down for an hour for the pregnancy to take....

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    I killed one a while back with a Taurus 605 and 158 gr. swc.
    Mrs. Hogwallop up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T.

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    this must be a texan only thread.. i never heard of a turtle being out in the dead of winter?? I guess that far into south america you'all don't have winters?
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    Whadya mean, no winter ? It was only 42 degrees yesterday !
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    Thomas you have to fill me in on that cast boolit load, and have you tried it in a .223, bolt or AR?

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    But it was a cold forty two, wasn’t it? According to the weatherman, we are in a Neutral pattern. Not an El Niņo, not a La Niņa. I don’t remember shooting turtles in Jan & Feb before, and the cows are grazing on green grass as I write this. It seems to rain every 4th day. Now that I’ve talked about it; we’ll get snow and ice in March for sure. Then it will be 100 degrees a week later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koger View Post
    Thomas you have to fill me in on that cast boolit load, and have you tried it in a .223, bolt or AR?
    9.2 grs of Unique-out of the Lyman book; 58gr Lyman(I think) rngc with aluminum checks. Probably 1900 fps? Standard 14" twist. I have not tried it in .223- I only have ARs in 7" twist so I probably wont. Unless I'm hunting or accuracy testing with a .223 AR, I dont bother loading for it.

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    Just wait till you catch one of those big ones on a light weight fly rod. Worse than a 5# catfish. Yup, time for the stupid city to dump trout in the city pond for the fish roundup. Thinking they will eat al the crawdads. Nope, just bluegill & eggs. Haven't figured out that the catfish are the ones eroding the dirt bank.
    Whatever!

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    Would Pawpaw shoot back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbeans View Post
    Would Pawpaw shoot back?

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    Yep.

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    Got another yesterday. It hits with more authority than a .22 LR clearly. But not a 360 degree explosion like an ear splitting “ normal” 22-250 bullet. I like them.

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    I got two with one shot! The bigger one( of course) flipped into the water and his little friend landed right side up on the bale. I only carry a few rounds extra.

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