Bill Karr, Editor of Western Outdoor News, NorCal, was hunting with his Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston .22 caliber air rifle in Eldorado County, California on April 6.
I’ve had a blind set up on a 40-acre piece of oak savannah on a hilltop, and there were turkeys in the area that I had seen. I noticed there wasn’t much early morning activity, so I settled into the blind about 11:00 a.m. on one of the few nice, clear days that we’ve been having lately. I was using an HS Strut Ring Zone slate call, when this nice gobbler came up in full strut! He was attracted by my hen and jake decoys, and when he stopped one of his struts and held his head up, one shot from this super-accurate gun to the head dropped him. It was my first turkey this year, and the second I have taken with the Benjamin Trail. I don’t even want to hunt with shotguns anymore – the challenge of hunting with an airgun is just too hard to pass up.
The gobbler had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.