BIG GOBBLER !!!

BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby Turkeyhunter50 » Tue May 15, 2018 9:09 pm

Went out this morning with the crossbow to try for one of the biggest toms I knew of. Got ready in the inside corner of a field. The bird roosts across the field and "always" comes to this corner. When he flew down, he walked through the yards and across the street. Gone. Damn! On to plan "B".
A mile down the road is a heavy tree line that runs behind some houses to a woods. A big Tom with a small beard and a double beard are there with 4 hens virtually everyday. They typically end up scratching around inside the woods at the tree line intersection. A quick drive there and the two toms are still on the tree line roost gobbling. Perfect! They should follow the tree line down to the woods. I quickly got to the woods and sat 50 yds into the woods. The two toms flew down and were coming my way gobbling their heads off! Better yet, no hens around today! Within minutes, the short beard boss bird stepped into the woods. At 35 yds he stopped solid and stopped gobbling. He knows I'm there? Crossbow is already up and ready. The double beard is just out of sight gobbling like a nut. Do I wait to see if the double beard steps in.... Is this bird going to give me away.... Frig it. I'm shooting. This bird is big and wide open. Smack! Moments later I recovered the bird. He was bigger than I thought. The gobbler checked in at 28 lbs 2 oz. and had 1 1/4" Spurs. And a case of beard rot? His beard was only 4 3/4". But a hell of a bird anyway.
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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby ted b » Tue May 15, 2018 10:12 pm

Nice th great bird


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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby Sharpspurrs.FL » Wed May 16, 2018 9:57 am

That's a heck of a bird at 28lbs. Don't believe I've ever seen a bird that heavy. Congrats
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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby Thunderchicken » Wed May 16, 2018 10:52 am

TH50 congratulations on another monster! If you don’t mind me asking what zone are these 2 big boys coming from?
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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby longbeard56 » Wed May 16, 2018 11:13 am

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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby Thunderchicken » Wed May 16, 2018 11:33 am

Calls are overated!!! :lol:
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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby Turkeyhunter50 » Wed May 16, 2018 1:20 pm

Now that I'm boiling and the gauntlet was thrown down, let me address Longbeard56 comments. I scouted nearly every day for 4-5 weeks prior to the season. I write ledger notes down on every bird which include date, time, location, direction of travel, weather, temp., wind, cloud cover, changes in the vegation growth, farmer activity, etc. Many hours of looking through binoculars and a spotting scope. I purchased 13 tags for this season. Now retired, I'm turkey hunting 4-5 days a week with exhaustion being the determining factor. And after the 12:00 close of a hunting day, I continue scouting and patterning birds. Yesterday I just happened to look at my odometer at the gas station and found I put over 7,000 miles on my vehicle looking for and hunting turkeys. I put some SERIOUS EFFORT into putting things together out there. I know of 4 other birds of that caliber or possibly larger in zone 11, 21 & 20 as well as a 5 beard bird that won't cooperate. Your insinuation of stalking and quoting the turkey digest is way off base and uncalled for. That bird was seriously patterned. I knew where that bird was expected to go and setup in their before he got there! With no hens around, a couple of clucks and leave raking was all it took. That birds downfall was his predictable pattern and his seriously wanting his usual female companions. Carrying calls...Your remark is out of left field. I have probably in excess of 30 calls on me at all times. Including mouth calls, purchased calls, box and friction calls I personally built, and calls I take out to test. I'm also the east coast call tester for a Chatanogga, TN custom call manufacturer. Don't going throwing totally baseless and uninformed inferences out there to detract from taking that bird. And yeah, that's two big ones in a weeks time. With the effort I put in, a good dose of luck, and running myself into the ground, things came together big time for me. You put in the hundreds and hundreds of hours of scouting and driving 7,000 miles to locate and pattern birds, you can only hope your efforts payoff. You don't have to tell me about a challenge to hunt one. Enough of my venting. Went from "Cloud 9" to total disgust this morning.
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Unread postby longbeard56 » Wed May 16, 2018 1:39 pm

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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby ol timer » Wed May 16, 2018 2:55 pm

Well I just read this latest post and remember Tom asking when the first 28 lb bird went down if a guide was used .
I read that post and you said you where not aware of it.
You continue to claim your hard work is paying off but someone else is also claiming that he has a client that took two birds just like yours, what are the odds of that happening back to back with your two birds and they are exactly the same!!
So to clear this up a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Re: BIG GOBBLER !!!

Unread postby Thunderchicken » Wed May 16, 2018 3:19 pm

TH50 just wanted to throw my 2 cents into this conversation. Pump the brakes a minute... If you re read your post, you'll definitely see it comes off as you stalked the bird and killed it which is illegal! There was no mentioned of any kind of calling! Your plastered all over NJ hunting guides Facebook page which is almost laughable!! Don't get but hurt that easy when someone calls you out! This is what social media has done! Everybody is a trophy hunter... Killing 28 plus pound birds in D week. I'd love to see the forage these birds are feeding on! I just need some clarification on this! You either put all this hard work into it or I call bull donkey dung!! Lastly remember to thank the NWTF for all these Thunderchickens your piling up!!
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