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I had been chasing this bird for a couple of years now. I got his brother who was the sub-ordinate bird 2 springs ago who had an 11 inch beard and 1 1/4" spurs. This bird was the dominat bird and has been. I shot him at 6:00AM on Friday 5/10. He has a 10 inch beard and 1 and 3/8 inch spurs - he is a 4 or 5 year old. Nice daggers - real pointy. He came in gobbling and strutting all the way ... Great hunt.

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I ended up getting a nice Tom but am having trouble uploading the pictures. Maybe it is a function of sleep deprivation but I'll try again this afternoon.

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There were 4 birds in this area all season and I actually missed the big one earlier this year. I think this was the second best bird in the bunch and it was getting down there for redemption. He was in a field in full strut with 6 hens. I was able sneak in and get 70 yards away. The hens started to cackle and fight so I made a couple of clucks while they were fighting. The next thing I know as I peeked above the tall grass was a hen 15 yards in front of me. She proceeded to walk 3 yards in front of me and then passed by. Five other sets of turkey eyes passed by anywhere from 5-10 yards away from me while a flurry of mosquitos buzzed by head. Then I looked up and another bird walked passed my shooting window. I realized that was the Tom and everything was almost for nothing because that was the only shot I had. Fortunately he made the mistake of coming back through to make the mosquito bites all worth it. I was able to click the safety off and raise my gun and dropped him at 10 yards. He is not a huge bird, but he has very sharp spurs, 1 1/8th inch spurs, and a 9.5" beard.

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Thanks everyone. Score wise 25 is generous - he benefited a point due to the rounding rules - but I won't complain!!

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kinda messed up my chances of winning but oh well there's always next yr! 

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 NYS Trooper Joel R. Davis

EOW: 7/9/2017 

 

 

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LOL - well at least I wasn't the only one who messed it up. Ha!! It looks like for most folks 2 birds puts you up there. Don't feel bad though ... the other contest i am in my second bird isn't in the top 10. My first one is and offciial scoring is this week - so we will see - that one is the prize though Close to $2K in cash.

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Even if i hadnt rounded the spur up, youd still have tied for first and we would have gone to the tie breaker. Dont minimize it, you won. Congrats!

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