And sometimes it's used for other things too . . .
Admit it. Your turkey hunting buds judge you by the shotgun you carry.
It could be an older or even newer tried-and-true Remington 870 pump or autoloader.
It's nicked, a bit bloody (in season) and might even bear some duct tape — either for camouflage and/or to hold it together.
You might even have a name for your longtime favorite, something like "The Terminator," "Gobdropper" or (wince) "The Jellyheader."
You're a turkey hunter and a waterfowler, doing double-time with your Browning, Beretta, Benelli or . . . (mentally insert your own make and model here).
This multi-purpose pump or autoloader has seen plenty of turkey woods and duck marsh time.
You spring gobbler/fall deer hunters might even have one barrel-swapping legend dedicated to a couple game species.
THE TRICKED-OUT TOM TAKER
It's your scoped, dialed-in, super-full choked masterpiece of firearms engineering.
You shoot it during pre-season patterning sessions, kill one to a half-dozen spring/fall turkeys a season on average in several states (not including the misses) and it sits in your gun safe the rest of the year awaiting your devoted attention.
Any other shotgun we should've included? Got a nickname for yours? Comment below.
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Steve Hickoff is Realtree's turkey hunting editor and blogger.