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  1. #21
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    Well they came back to me this morning in the rain.
    Easiest hunt ever. 25 yd shot with the 12g.
    Bit bigger bird - possibly waterlogged as it was torrential outside...

    Bonus: no added points - Buuuut...
    Little man got to watch me pop him before his bus showed up. Win.

    21.7 lbs
    10" beard
    1" spurs both sides.

    This bird has mocked me since last season where he was 7 yds in front of me, and there I was. No shells in the gun. All I could do was laugh.
    My son wanted me to note: the birds name was "Steve."

    Support your troops. We support you.

    B.
    Support your Troops. They support you.

    Brandon MacDonald

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    22lbs
    11 inch beard
    1 1/4Ē spurs

    Dunno how to find the total score. Help anyone? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by marky.mark View Post
    22lbs
    11 inch beard
    1 1/4Ē spurs

    Dunno how to find the total score. Help anyone? Thanks
    That is a gorgeous bird

    Support your troops. We support you.

    B.
    Support your Troops. They support you.

    Brandon MacDonald

  5. #24
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    Not a winning bird but it is a winner in my world lol.
    8 inch beard
    1 inch spurs
    22 pounds
    No bonus, used shot gun.
    I should get a bonus for the longest shot I ever took 70 paces.
    Morning started out with this gobbler that likes to gobble his guts out but has a harem of hens with him at all times and doesnít move. I thought by now he would of been freed up but not the case. I call him the entertainer bird, heís there to keep you busy until a different bird comes in the area for me to harvest lol and thatís what happened exactly, a different bird came in gobbling with another Jake and three hens. The boss hen saw my decoys and didnít want to share. She led the group parallel to me but going away about 60 to 70 yards, I contemplated if I should shoot or not but havenít shot a bird that far before. Iíve patterned my gun using long beard XR to 50 yards and more but was happy with the pattern up to 40 or less. I never had to shoot more then 30 or under until today. To make a long story short I downed this bird at 70 paces no lie. I had to step on his head to finish him off but that was mostly just nerves. Iím not proud I had to shoot that far, I am more surprised that I did and was successful. I am happy none the less, just wish it was more texted book.
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    A much nicer weekend day to turkey hunt today! I know we will be hearing from thegeet sometime, as he had a nice tom come in this morning that I got to watch.

    MarkyMark, unfortunately you didn't enter the contest before the season started, but that is a great bird, and would score 105 here, so would have been a solid second place.

    Buzz, congrats on a great second bird, and for getting that young lad out - he looks pretty happy with Dad's tom!

    And finally, we get to see an entry from tomgobble! Nice job with a long poke, you are luckier than me!

    Updated Leaderboard:
    1. parkcity - 107.5
    2. huntitall & Lenny - 102.5
    3. Lenny - 101.25
    4. CD94 - 98.125
    5. Buzz Killington - 90
    6. Dilly - 82.5
    7. Tomgobble - 80
    8. Buzz Killington - 77.5
    9. Articcat - 75.625

    Two Bird Totals:
    1. Lenny - 203.75
    2. Buzz Killington - 167.5

    Keep em coming!

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    Been taking a bunch of birds for granted the last couple years and it resulted in me eating tag soup last year. This year, the first week I spent relearning harsh lessons about some basics I'd started to cheat on. The second week was spent getting serious and working much harder at studying old toms than I had been.

    I knew when and where this bird and his compadre Tom preferred to be most days, but had never hunted pressured birds before and had no idea going into my hunts just how wary and sneaky they can be. Any movement, any sound and they were gone without a moment's hesitation or backwards glance. I could set up on a route i'd watched them use 2 days straight, but when i was there they would skirt by just a few yards out of range. I actually witnessed 2 groups of jakes running away from a single yelping sequence on my 3rd day... after spending 2 days yelping trying to locate these birds. lol I didn't find out until a week later that neighbours are often hunting nearby and even on the farm i had access too, and it was common for them to rip around on atvs until they saw birds, then jump off the atv and immediately begin calling to them. SMH

    Anyways, on the day of this hunt i actually was just visiting the farm to check on my honeybees in the middle of a rainy afternoon and as i was entering the nearly kilometre long lane i noticed this guy and a hen working a fence line between fields. I didn't have faith in my ability to get set up on birds in the middle of the field, but decided to give it a try. It took me 25 mins to work around the entire farm, rear pastures, cedar woods and back to the proper field again and when i arrived at the spot i had expected the birds to work towards, the field was empty. I sat and tried soft calls for a few minutes hoping to (at best) get a response or (at worst) perhaps spook them out of hiding just so i'd know where they went. No response, no spooking.

    After a few more minutes i decided to walk up the fence-line to figure out where they'd gone and could see where they'd been tearing into old tree stumps just moments before. The field was very muddy so i had been sticking close to the fence but hit a patch of really nasty thorn bushes and as one snapped out from under my boot and shot up to snag my crotch i had to stumble sideways into the field a few feet... and that's when i saw his bright red head shoot up from some weeds he'd been digging in and start turning to run/fly away. He was about 35 yards away which is the max range for my 20ga with longbeards, but i risked the shot as I knew i'd never get this close again. The cone of shot actually clipped the top of his head, not lethally, and took both wings out at the mid-joint. Had the finishing shot into him just a couple seconds later. He didn't even flap.

    Beard is very close to 11 inches but i cannot get it to lie flat without having my hands on it, so 10.5" it is for the contest.

    Spurs are nearly matched at half a hair shy of 1 3/16s... so... 1 11/64? lol

    Edit to add: No bonus, score 100 i think.

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    Nice job Oddmott. Re-measure that beard with someone holding it straight and flat, we may have a 3 way tie for second place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddmott View Post
    Been taking a bunch of birds for granted the last couple years and it resulted in me eating tag soup last year. This year, the first week I spent relearning harsh lessons about some basics I'd started to cheat on. The second week was spent getting serious and working much harder at studying old toms than I had been.

    I knew when and where this bird and his compadre Tom preferred to be most days, but had never hunted pressured birds before and had no idea going into my hunts just how wary and sneaky they can be. Any movement, any sound and they were gone without a moment's hesitation or backwards glance. I could set up on a route i'd watched them use 2 days straight, but when i was there they would skirt by just a few yards out of range. I actually witnessed 2 groups of jakes running away from a single yelping sequence on my 3rd day... after spending 2 days yelping trying to locate these birds. lol I didn't find out until a week later that neighbours are often hunting nearby and even on the farm i had access too, and it was common for them to rip around on atvs until they saw birds, then jump off the atv and immediately begin calling to them. SMH

    Anyways, on the day of this hunt i actually was just visiting the farm to check on my honeybees in the middle of a rainy afternoon and as i was entering the nearly kilometre long lane i noticed this guy and a hen working a fence line between fields. I didn't have faith in my ability to get set up on birds in the middle of the field, but decided to give it a try. It took me 25 mins to work around the entire farm, rear pastures, cedar woods and back to the proper field again and when i arrived at the spot i had expected the birds to work towards, the field was empty. I sat and tried soft calls for a few minutes hoping to (at best) get a response or (at worst) perhaps spook them out of hiding just so i'd know where they went. No response, no spooking.

    After a few more minutes i decided to walk up the fence-line to figure out where they'd gone and could see where they'd been tearing into old tree stumps just moments before. The field was very muddy so i had been sticking close to the fence but hit a patch of really nasty thorn bushes and as one snapped out from under my boot and shot up to snag my crotch i had to stumble sideways into the field a few feet... and that's when i saw his bright red head shoot up from some weeds he'd been digging in and start turning to run/fly away. He was about 35 yards away which is the max range for my 20ga with longbeards, but i risked the shot as I knew i'd never get this close again. The cone of shot actually clipped the top of his head, not lethally, and took both wings out at the mid-joint. Had the finishing shot into him just a couple seconds later. He didn't even flap.

    Beard is very close to 11 inches but i cannot get it to lie flat without having my hands on it, so 10.5" it is for the contest.

    Spurs are nearly matched at half a hair shy of 1 3/16s... so... 1 11/64? lol

    Edit to add: No bonus, score 100 i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    Nice job Oddmott. Re-measure that beard with someone holding it straight and flat, we may have a 3 way tie for second place!
    I tried. I think the issue is the cell phone cam. It seems to be distorting the image a bit. I may dig out the DSLR tomorrow if needed.

    I took a full pic, then without lifting my finger i took closer shots of both ends for clearer details of where the tape lies.

    Beard measures 11 1/16

    A note to everyone... don't forget to pick up your dead turkey pieces when done photographing... or else your cat will use them as toys.


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    Finally! Bird number two in the bag. below are the stats...story thread is on the regular board.

    Bugger weighed 21lbs 2oz.


    I have the beard at 10 3/16".

    Longest spur 1 3/16"

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