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#1704548 - 01/03/10 10:39 AM Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt
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Subject says it all. What was the best turkey hunt you have had and what is the biggest turkey you have killed. Include stories of both the Biggest turkey and best hunt. For me:

Biggest Turkey: 12 inch beard, 1 3/4 inch spurs, 26 pounds.

Got up 1 hour and 30 minutes before sunrise and slowly started making my climb up the great mountain that I hunt in KY. I was sitting at the top well before daylight I got positioned and situated. The mighty Thunders of a mature bird filled the woods. Called alittle bit and I heard him fly down. 2 Minutes later he was 10 yards just over the crest of the mountain. I have my gun raised and just happen to see the tip of his fan. I point my gun just a little in front of the fan tail and wait. He poked his head up in a quick motion that caught me off guard. Then he started clucking many thoughts went through my mind then In one quick instant I stood up, gun in hand, and blasted him at 8 yards. You can guess what happened next right? I walk around 10 steps to the crest and see the turkey flopping down the opposite side of the mountain. I slowly make my way down the mountain. Long story short almost a 2 hour walk back to the truck.

Best Hunt: posted soon Fingers hurt to much. \:D

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#1704665 - 01/03/10 11:30 AM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: TN Deer Slayer]
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#1705247 - 01/03/10 05:55 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: strutandrut]
Harvester
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just a good eastern longbeard and the other is the only double I have ever been apart of. Shot almost exactly the same time. I love the colors in the center of this one's fan.

Edited by harvester (01/03/10 06:05 PM)

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#1705326 - 01/03/10 06:42 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: Harvester]
nate17
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My best to date. Double beard.

Beards
1. 11.25
2. 8.5

Spurs
1 1/8

My only double. Same bird and a Jake. Would have been a triple if one more person was with us.


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#1705418 - 01/03/10 07:14 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: nate17]
InfoMan
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Best Hunt: a Good Friday about 14 years ago when I called in two 2-year-olds and my son (11 at the time)shot his first bird and I took the other. My first time on a double also.

Quiet a good day.

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#1705720 - 01/03/10 09:26 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: InfoMan]
vanleerbuckbuster
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Best Hunt: 2007 day before easter it was freezin cold and im hunting at my uncles im sittin in a clear cut watchin the turkeys fly down in the church yard where i hunt the property behind the church the birds used to fly down and cross the road onto my uncles property but they put a fence up and they would just stay in the church yard til about 9 then work back up the ridge this mornin i watched the tom i had been hunting for 2 weeks and decided it was to cold to wait for them 2 go up the ridge where i've got permission to hunt. I walked out into the road so they would see me and they all started goin up the ridge i jumped in my truck drove the 300 ft to the landowners house ran up the ridge setup and made a few clucks he was the first one to show up. first time i had a paticular tom picked out and able to harvest

Edited by vanleerbuckbuster (01/03/10 09:27 PM)
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#1705726 - 01/03/10 09:29 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: vanleerbuckbuster]
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Best turkey: 10'' beard 1 3/8 spurs 24lbs perfect 28 feather fan
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i told my wife that i would only be fishing 1/2 a day. i assumed she new 12 hours was 1/2 a day!

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#1705793 - 01/03/10 10:07 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: vanleerbuckbuster]
Setterman
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Out of the 100+ longbeards I have sacked, they all would be categorized as the best. Each and everyone is a trophy to me.
But.....
Best Spurs: 1 1/2"
Best Beard: 11 1/2"

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#1708117 - 01/05/10 08:30 AM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: Setterman]
YEKRUT
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Weight: 24# Michigan
Beard: 12 1/4 Tennessee
Most unique: leg banded bird from TN, same bird with 12 1/4 beard
Spurs: 1 1/2 Alabama

Best all around bird 1 1/2 Spurs, 11" beard, 20.5#

Best hunt from 2008:

We arrived in S. AL. around 2 Thursday afternoon after a week of training in Montgomery and hit the woods on a 800 acre hunting club near where we were staying at. Nothing was going on and it was HOT so we headed in to get some much needed rest and fill our stomachs to prepare for the day ahead of us. We were headed to a 4000+ acre plantation to hunt Friday to Sunday so we were pumped up about that.

We met the guy that owns the plantation at 5:30 Friday and he took us to a listening spot. We finally heard the first bird sound off late about 6:30 and he said that is ole "Headache" right there and you don't want to waste your time on him because no one can kill him. I sort of laughed and thought I needed to try him. He told us that he would gobble on the limb 1-3 times and when he hit the ground he was done gobbling for the day. He and his buddy had tried to kill him the last two years and could never make it happen. I told my buddy that I would guarantee a bird that acted like that was an old coot that would have razors 1.5" long. We did not go after him then, but chased another bird a couple ridges over with no luck. We came back to the hardwood bottom he was in and tried him a few times over the rest of the day, but never heard another peep out of him.

Saturday we met up again and headed in after old "Headache" this time and was able to get within 100 yards of him before flydown, but he only gobbled 3 times and then nothing else the rest of the day after he flew down. We put some serious miles on the boots from noon to dusk and never could pull another gobble out of a bird. There were some of the most beautiful virgin hardwood swamp bottoms, large pine stands, and fields that I have ever had the pleasure of hunting. I did manage to come within a foot of stepping on a 3.5 - 4 foot cottommouth that was not happy at all to see me. I about crapped and I think my buddy may have. He is petrified of snakes to say the least.

Sunday morning we did the same thing again, but we got in there a little earlier in hopes that old "Headache" would sound off and we could get close to him. As it got daylight we were ready and old "Headache" sounded off at about 200 yards across a huge lake in a location he and later on his grandfather said they had never heard a bird in. He told us to "KILL THAT BIRD" so we made a circle through some pines that had been cut last week and got between him and a 200+ acre hayfield that I thought he would want to go to. We got set up on a long stretch of road that was slicker than ice from the rain. They call the stuff post oak mud down there, but I call it the stickiest mud ever made. It isn't deep, but it sticks to EVERYTHING it touches and builds up by the inches under your boots. I am sure some of ya'll know what I am talking about. We put our guns on our knees and tried to settle down some from the sprint around on him. I was pretty sure if there was a perfect setup on him that this was it. We finally had a good idea where he wanted to be after 3 days and knowledge that the guy had given us earlier on of what he liked to do. I was able to get 4 more gobbles out of old "Headache" as he slowly worked his way through the cut pines and made his way onto the road in front of us. He was very cautious and just ever so slowly was walking towards us. I flipped the safety off and told my buddy that I could see him coming in. He would take a couple steps and crane his neck, take a couple steps and crane that neck, he finally got to a large opening where I was sure I could kill him and I let the Super Black Eagle and a load of Nitro's sail down range at his big old softball head. He hit the ground and I was sort of stunned that we had hunted this bird 3 days and were completely disgusted with him and the other guys had hunted him for 2 years straight and had never gotten a shot at him to my knowledge. He was a wise old bird that deserved the nickname they had given to him.

my biggest bird to date:
20.5#
11 inch beard
1.5" razor sharp spurs
NWTF score of: 72.5




Edited by YEKRUT (01/05/10 08:32 AM)
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#1708839 - 01/05/10 03:25 PM Re: Biggest Turkey, Best Hunt [Re: YEKRUT]
nate17
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nice hooks yekrut
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