Longbeard down 5/2/18

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Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby MWM » Thu May 03, 2018 7:50 pm

Great morning in the turkey woods yesterday, multiple birds having a gobbling contest is a huge rush that doesn't come often. This tom came into 60 yards and strutted there for what seemed like forever. 10 minutes later he committed to some aggresive yelps and I punched my first tag of the spring. 19.5 pounds, 9.5 inch beard and 1 inch spurs. My best bird to date! I'll be heading north for some salmon action soon, good luck all.
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Sat May 05, 2018 9:30 pm

Awsome... hammer down!
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby Adkhare » Sun May 06, 2018 7:54 pm

Great job , congrats thats a beautiful bird. Been hard with spring coming late to juggle activities. Good weekend of hunting but fishing took a hit . Good luck on your second bird
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby Sawyer » Sun May 06, 2018 8:27 pm

Sweet
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby Reelax » Tue May 08, 2018 12:28 pm

nice bird... lots of them out there this year it seems....
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Fri May 11, 2018 7:31 pm

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Here's a couple more to look at... took this bird first Friday of the season at 10 yards. Called him and 2 others within 80 yards the day prior only to have them taken away by a group of "loose hens" 22.3 lb 10" beard 1 1/8 spur. Second bird (with my crowbar in pic) was taken yesterday at 5:50am, was an ultimate scenerio. Had called him and several other toms in, with hens, the weekend before for a buddy... he missed at 20'!!! Oh well. Went on that day to bring in 4 more mature birds only to watch another miss, spooked one, had a guy sneek in to our setup after a 2 hrs battling the big boy away from hens, across a paved road, across a dirt road, across a brook!!! His timing was one in a million... bird had just come to within shooting range and was 5 yards from our hen decoy. Unfortunately my friend had no shot and watched the bird run. He was very discouraged and was ready to give up. Stopped and called a few times on the way out, and we had a response on our second stop, came excactly from our first stop! Heard the bird scuffing around but never saw him thru the thick hemlocks. So I knew where they had been a few days prior and made the set up. One feeding hen decoy in the ferns, a perfect stump behind a log, a couple sunrise tree calls then flapping wings! Had a hen so pissed she was bumping "my hen" tomboy walked in then ran by me all hot n horny and I flattened him at 4 yards! Really feels good when things go the way "you" want them. 21.8 lb 10.5in beard 1" spurs. Called in a few for others as well
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Fri May 11, 2018 7:36 pm

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This is actually the picture of the first bird taken the first week... the 1st picture in the post prior is the bird in the talked about. And the the second pic in the prior post was of a couple happy customers!
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Fri May 11, 2018 7:43 pm

Be back out in the am to help redeem my buddy's pride!
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby MWM » Sat May 12, 2018 3:41 pm

Great birds there! Seems there's a great story behind 95% of turkey hunts, fast action if they are worked up. Good job and good luck to your buddy on redemption.
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Sun May 13, 2018 2:28 pm

No dice!!! Poor guy has been working nights on a road crew for 6 weeks and can't sleep proper. We were an hour later than my perfferd time of departure and there were 2 guys walking in, late as well to the area I had rooster Tommy the evening prior. They end up getting a nice Tom and we had leftovers!
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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Sat May 26, 2018 2:43 pm

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Re: Longbeard down 5/2/18

Postby The River Rat » Sat May 26, 2018 2:44 pm

Another beauty
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