If you're going to kill a turkey, you need to pattern your shotgun. We did just that on Carlson's custom patterning range. The company's set up is a sight to behold—trust that there'll be more coverage on that down the line, potentially in a print issue of American Hunter.
While we were in town, we also stopped by the Carlson's headquarters to get a closer look at the company's operation. Here's an inside look at the laser engraving process. Those are Hevi-Shot Extended Range waterfowl chokes getting a little detailing.
It was early on Saturday morning that I tagged my first ever turkey, seen here. It took him the better part of an hour and a half to cross the cornfield and approach our decoys before finally meeting his end roughly 40 yards away from our blind. That's Carlson's Choke Tubes owner Scott Carlson on the left.
My second bird came in the same spot as the first, though just a few yards closer—I let him reach 32 yards before squeezing the trigger. I'm admittedly probably still a little impatient. On the left in this photo is fellow NRA employee Courtney Olson, who nailed a tom of his own on Sunday morning.