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I see some turkey hunters mentioning Hevi shot loads as opposed to lead shot. In Canada, upland birds, as opposed to Migratory birds, do not require us to use steel shot. Can you use lead shot to hunt turkeys in the States

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  • I see some turkey hunters mentioning Hevi shot loads as opposed to lead shot. In Canada, upland birds, as opposed to Migratory birds, do not require us to use steel shot. Can you use lead shot to hunt turkeys in the States

    I see some turkey hunters mentioning Hevi shot loads as opposed to lead shot. In Canada, upland birds, as opposed to Migratory birds, do not require us to use steel shot. Can you use lead shot to hunt turkeys in the States

  • #2
    Yep, it is legal, and I use lead for turkeys. The reason some hunters use Hevi-Shot is because of its ballistic superiority, which I'm sure you're familiar with. I don't use it because it's much more expensive than lead, and really not necessary unless you're taking very long shots. The only places in the States that I'm aware of where you must use non-toxic shot for upland birds, including turkeys, are National Wildlife Refuges. I hunt turkeys in them occasionally, and usually use 3.5" steel #2s.

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    • #3
      As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.

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      • #4
        In Wisconsin lead shot is legal turkeys everywhere. Turkey hunters are except from steel shot requirements. There are only a couple of exceptions to that but the hunting is not good there anyway.
        Hevi shot is superior to lead for turkey hunting however the cost is 5 times higher. When you shoot a lot of turkeys each year that matters.
        Since I like to kill my turkeys at 30 yds. or less lead works just fine.
        I use hevi shot for upland hunting where lead is not allowed because it so much more effective than steel.

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        • #5
          Lead shot is fine for turkey in Ohio.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
            As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.
            So you use steel for upland birds too? What size shot do you use for pheasants?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
              As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.
              I use 3's or 4's for pheasant and 6's for dove. I shoot the Sportsman's Hi Speed steel and if I can't get that, I'll buy Federal Waterfowl Loads. They are both great shells and the price is not too far off of the price of lead. Many of the areas I hunt here are non-toxic only, so it just makes sense for me to shoot steel everywhere.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
                As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.
                I use Hi Speed steel too, or Kent Fasteel if I can't get it. Do you find that steel reduces your effective range on uplands vs. lead?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
                  As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.
                  I really see no difference in range with these shells. I don't take too many questionable shots but they do everything for me that lead does. Fact is, I feel like I can hit much better with steel than I can with lead.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
                    As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.
                    I notice a significant difference; lead is more lethal, the birds fall stone dead. Steel knocks the pheasants down but I usually have to finish them after being retrieved.

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                    • #11
                      Btw, Hevi shot is a brand. There are other companies that make good quality heavier than lead shells.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by finalresults View Post
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
                            As huntfishtrap stated, lead is legal for turkeys in most places in the States. Hevi shot has incredible performance though and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd use it for all hunting. I stumbled onto a clearance sale at Wal Mart several years ago. It had to be mis-marked because it was so cheap and I bought all they had. I fell in love with it after that. I saved some in 20 gauge but I had to go back to copper plated lead for turkey hunting with my 12 and 10. I shoot steel shot for everything else anyway. Since I waterfowl hunt, it is just easier to use steel and not switch back and forth. Several of the areas I hunt require the use of non-toxic shot for everything except turkeys, so it's just easier to shoot it at everything.
                            I've used steel shot a few times on squirrel. Seems to do ok but the shots have been close

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
                              Lead shot is fine for turkey in Ohio.
                              Lead shot is ok also in Alabama for turkey

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