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Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

Thanks Bud.....

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:16 am    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

Looking at that photo makes me want to shoot one of the big long-beards strutting around in my yard every morning! But my wife likes to look at them and I might get in trouble! Ha Ha.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

Nice one, Good job! It always gets my blood a boiling to see a good bird in the hand. How bigs the beard?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

I'll have some video in a couple of weeks for you of our up coming New Mexico hunt too.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

gobbuster wrote:
Nice one, Good job! It always gets my blood a boiling to see a good bird in the hand. How bigs the beard?
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You help me judge the beard.

I called a friend to help, he says it's a 11" beard, but another local expert looked at it and said it's a 9" beard...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

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gobbuster wrote:
Nice one, Good job! It always gets my blood a boiling to see a good bird in the hand. How bigs the beard?
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You help me judge the beard.

I called a friend to help, he says it's a 11" beard, but another local expert looked at it and said it's a 9" beard...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

But it IS the only time I've ever seen a beard with that much color variation

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

Excellent beard! Thats officially an 11 1/2 inch or better beard. Stretch it out as straight as you can and that will be the accurate score. Every hair counts with turkey and I have won contests based on that method which is honest criteria. They break off a lot of the beard during the spring from fighting and strutting which is why long beards often have just a few beyond the 9 inch mark or so. They also wear down the wing feathers from strutting during the spring. But I have to honestly say that is serious bragging rights you have there my friend, and I've killed dozens of gobbs. I've killed some that the beard has turned mostly gray, from old age I'm guessing. But thats one old gobb though. What did he weight before you gutted him? The old boys seem to start getting lighter in weight some times. But I think that depends a lot on the predator preasure they're dealing with too. Super good job!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

Funny you should mention older birds being lighter...He weighed only 20 1/2 pounds... Seems as though I finally caught up with a truly old bird...

And the last idjit that looked at the beard swore that the long "strands" were already "loose" so he yanked on 'em to make sure....They're loose now!!!

Glad I took the pictures before he got here today.....

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Turkey Hunting tips sure to get results! Reply with quote

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The old boys seem to start getting lighter in weight some times. But I think that depends a lot on the predator preasure they're dealing with too. Super good job!!
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My brother-in-law thought he looked like an old fart....

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