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#2821840 - 05/04/12 09:55 PM Epic bird for me today...
8 Point

Registered: 11/22/02
Posts: 1923
Loc: Upper East TN

I am very thankful that I was able to close out the 2012 Turkey season today (Friday) with a really nice, 1 ¼” spurred, 11.5” bearded, 18 lbs, 14 oz gobbler. It wasn’t a real classic hunt…I was fortunate enough to have settled in close to him on the roost, then with just a couple calls of encouragement, he pitched my way and it was a done deal in about 30 seconds after he hit the ground.
This was an epic bird for me as it marks bird number 50 in my turkey hunting career. However, as much as I’ve enjoyed taking each and every one of those birds, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of my circle of close family/friends that I’ve been fortunate to have shared each and every one of those birds with. I harvested my first one hunting with my brother, Tndeer’s “shopson”, back in 1994 at Chuck Swan WMA, and no doubt I told every detail of the hunt to my long time good friend, Tim (aka on TnDeer as “TW”), then upon arrival at home greeting my then 5 year old son Cory and have him crawl up in my lap while I pose for a picture of my kill. Pretty much the same as with each and every one of these birds, adding in shopson’s son Michael as he grew into our “hunting circle”, today I had the exact same close-knit circle of family/friends to share my hunt with, just as they have all their hunts with me. Within about 5 minutes of the todays kill, I had a text on the way to these named folks saying “BBD!” I was happy to be hunting with Cory this morning, sitting separately though, and then us getting to go meet Michael for breakfast and share our morning hunt. No doubt I’m a blessed man to have maintained this group, and added others over the years.
Me, Tim and shopson have grown older and hopefully wiser, Cory and Michael have matured into two fine young men, both college graduates (congrats Mike on tomorrow's walking across the stage!!!) Thanks guys, it’s been a blast!!!

Everybody's had to fight to be free...Tom Petty

...wearing camo and got ammo...

#2821850 - 05/04/12 10:00 PM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: GOHUNT]
8 Point

Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 1187
Loc: Spring Hill

Congrats on your bird!
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness,
nor the arrow for its swiftness,
nor the warrior for his glory.
I love only that which they defend.
J.R.R. Tolkien

#2821902 - 05/05/12 03:53 AM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: bigasports]
Andy S.
TnDeer Old Timer
14 Point

Registered: 07/26/99
Posts: 8090
Loc: Atoka, TN

Congrats on a great bird.
Andy S.

If I had saved all the money I spent on hunting, I'd spend it on hunting.

#2821903 - 05/05/12 04:08 AM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: Andy S.]
6 Point

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 823
Loc: cocke county, tn.

Congrats on a fine bird ! , and the circle only makes it better, hope ours keeps growing too ! I am blessed to share with my brother and dad and hopefully soon ,my little girl!
As Jefferson warned about slavery, it is time we start ringing the "fire bell in the night."

If you're not laughing, You're not hunting hard enough!!

#2821924 - 05/05/12 06:02 AM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: ddgonehntn]
harley 2008
6 Point

Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 740
Loc: mont tn

#2822026 - 05/05/12 09:02 AM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: harley 2008]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 30563
Loc: Chester County

Work to live, Live to hunt

#2822078 - 05/05/12 09:51 AM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: easy45]
16 Point

Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 14605
Loc: Celina,Tn

Very nice going,congrats!!
Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked

#2823236 - 05/07/12 10:57 AM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: Wrangler95]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

Congrats on the bird and the friends and family that you get to share it with.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#2823626 - 05/07/12 07:52 PM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: Gravey]
10 Point

Registered: 09/24/01
Posts: 4560
Loc: Greeneville

Very nice testimonial and great season for you...again!
#2823678 - 05/07/12 08:44 PM Re: Epic bird for me today... [Re: shopson]

Registered: 11/30/10
Posts: 83
Loc: Knox County

Great job man!
"Few things are more rewarding than fetching your supper from the wild before most have cracked their eyelids"

~~Mathews Solocam Switchback Xt~~

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