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Old March 18, 2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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First Gobbler of the Season

Persistence paid off this morning. Didn't shoot this bird until 20 minutes after 9 and he wasn't one of the original 3 birds I had set up on. I had fooled with those birds for 2 hours but they were staying out there about 150 yards gobbling at everything but not coming any closer. This bird slipped in behind me while I was fooling with the other 3. Never knew he was there until he thundered behind me in a thicket. He was probably in gun range the first time he gobbled but I couldn't see but 15 to 20 yards out into the thicket behind me. I turned as far to my right as I could; switched my gun to left hand and waited. Nothing. Eased my slate up against my leg and purred and clucked one time. He thundered just out of sight in the thicket. Got both hands back on the gun and then I saw his outline moving right to left through the brush. When he hit a lane I could shoot the Hevi-13 7's eat him up.

Just a 2 year old but I'll take him. 9 inch beard, 13/16 left spur, 7/8 right spur. Weight 16lbs 13oz.

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Old March 18, 2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Nice bird....
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Old March 18, 2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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Rad! Looks tasty I've never had wild turkey before. Dow does the taste differ from farm raised turkey?
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Old March 18, 2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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Dow does the taste differ from farm raised turkey?
I mostly cut the beasts in strips, coat it in seasoned flour and fry them like chicken fingers. Stomps store bought turkey all to heck. (store bought chicken as well)
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Old March 18, 2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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Nice job Todd, great looking bird.
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Old March 18, 2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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Sweet! They sure look tasty, I've never had wild bird either.
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Old March 19, 2012, 12:38 AM   #7
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You used #7's?

I been saying #5's, copper plated.

But then I haven't gotten a shot - yet. So what do I know?

What length shell you using?
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Old March 19, 2012, 01:51 AM   #8
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3 1/2 inch Hevi-13 7's.
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Old March 19, 2012, 02:09 AM   #9
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Todd, do you use 3 1/2 inchers over 3s because the give you more distance?
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Old March 19, 2012, 03:12 PM   #10
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Todd, do you use 3 1/2 inchers over 3s because the give you more distance?
Denser patterns.
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Old March 19, 2012, 07:39 PM   #11
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Is the HV Shot in 7 actually, because it is more dense, as lethal as #5 lead.....is that your thinking?

Seems to work.............
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Old March 20, 2012, 08:01 AM   #12
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Is the HV Shot in 7 actually, because it is more dense, as lethal as #5 lead.....is that your thinking?
I'm confident in them to 40 yards. And the pattern they hold to that distance is a death swarm.
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