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flatiron

cluck , cluck , GOBBLE , BOOM!

Spring is here in NY USA , today was the first day of turkey.

I had an awesome morning , 23 1/2 pounds , 10 inch beard , 1 5/8 inch spurs



Woodsmoke

Let me see your hands!    

Serously though, that's a nasty-looking set of spurs on him. How do you take them? Is it a shotgun job? (looks to me as though a bazooka wouldn't go amiss though   )
lottie

My daughter's chums in Illinois use shotguns ,it's quite a social occasion with them---but they don't shoot them at this time of the year I don't think,----it's an autumn thing from what she's said Perhaps I've misremembered.
flatiron

Spring time is the traditional time to whack a turkey . Shotgun work . I use a 10 bore Ithaca auto loader or the old fashion way ----------run em' down and put salt on their tail .  
bodger

What you must realise is that inspite of being that heavy, those turkeys can really fly well too. Thats a cracker Von.
flatiron

I got him officially scored for the National Wild Turkey Federation Record Book , they don't come much bigger .
Woodsmoke

Will they still be good eating at that size?
flatiron

Grilled strips , marinaded and thrown on the grill , those turkey breasts from todays bird added up to almost 12 pounds . I also like to marinade them them bread them and deep or stir fry .
Woodsmoke

That's a lot of meat! Wouldn't fancy having too many of those in the gamebag though. Sod carrying that bugger all day  

What kind of weight do they average?
flatiron

Ya don't want to carry one of them very far!
lottie

Can't say what my daughter actually said in response to my email--but apparently it depends on nationality as to when you shoot your turkey.
Rena

Very Nice! I think yours is one of the largest I've ever seen!! Congrats and well done!! (Our season is in the Fall time)
Butterbean

Nice turkey!  Did you call him in or were you sitting near where he pitched down.  Turkeys have been real finicky here this year.  They have been staying in groups which makes it hard to lure the gobbler away when he's got six hens by his side.

I like to strip the breast and marinade it in zesty italian dressing then batter and fry it.  Pretty good eating.
flatiron

Called him about 250 yards , w/ all the cold wet weather this year the birds have just start to break up .
Butterbean

250 yards is impressive.  I'd like to point out that in nature the hen is supposed to come to the gobbler and calling a gobbler in at this distance if exceptional - especially an older wisened bird which I am sure this one would be.  In 250 yards there was a lot of ground a jealous hen could have intercepted him and messed up the hunt.
horace

Great title thats one heck of a bird
flatiron

Butterbean wrote:
250 yards is impressive.  I'd like to point out that in nature the hen is supposed to come to the gobbler and calling a gobbler in at this distance if exceptional - especially an older wisened bird which I am sure this one would be.  In 250 yards there was a lot of ground a jealous hen could have intercepted him and messed up the hunt.


Thanks for explaining this bit about turkey hunting . I actually called in three hens and two jakes first then along came this bird and another long beard which I had passed up .
dtalbot

Excellent, along with all the posts about turkey hunting on the Mission Archery pages makes me wish I could hop on a plane with the Mission Craze bow and join the fun
Butterbean

Someone pointed out that they are good flyers to be such heavy birds.  Here is proof this is true.

debbie

yep, never forget the day I went down through our woods and saw a dozen of our 28lb turkeys ten foot up in our trees....couldn't ge the buggers down either - they stayed up there all night.

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