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#1 Spirithawk

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:23 AM

What an awesome morning. Jason and I split up and went after seperate gobblers we roosted last night. It started off rough for me, as I climbed over the gate in a fence it fell with me on top. Knocked the wind out of me and made one heck of a racket. Figured I blew it as the turkey was roosted within hearing distance, but I'm not one to give up. I fixed the metal gate and then eased down a dirt road into the woods, found me a place to sit and parked it. It was a long time till dawn and I wasn't sure just where exactly the turkey was roosted and was begining to sweat fearing I'd spooked him. Just before dawn he cut loose with a gobble. He was about 50 yards to my right. Once he started he wouldn't shut up. He stayed on the roost what seemed like forever, gobbling to his hearts content. All of a sudden, off to my left, I heard a hen yelp. Tried to spot her out of the corner of my eye but couldn't see her. Then all of a sudden she flew down just about 20 yards away on my left and started putting. I just froze. Her on my left, him on my right and me in the middle. Pretty soon, sure enough, he started for the hen . He got past me due to a low spot in the hill and I spotted him to my left about 40 yards. He was sure putting on a show for the hen. It was awkward for me to swing to my left without being seen but I managed and pulled the trigger. When the gun went off my face mask blew over my eyes and I couldn't see. I yanked it down and there he lay. My first gobbler I got on my own. He weighed 22 1/2lbs, 10 1/2" beard and 1 1/4" spurs. Here's the pics:

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 10:14 AM

:) Way to go Norm. Last time I seen a grin like that,was, I CAN'T REMEMBER! :D

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 10:50 AM

Nice bird sounded like a fun hunt. Congratulations!

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 12:43 PM

Nice Job Norm. He is a great looking bird. :clap: :clap:

Post those pictures in the pinned topic. Huck's bird is lonely. :D



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Posted 17 April 2007 - 01:09 PM

Ask and you shall recieve. They're posted. Now Hucks bird has a buddy.

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 01:57 PM

Alright SpiritHawk :clap: :bigthumb: Congrats on BBD :hunter:
"Keep the sun forever at your back, the wind forever in your face, and may forever God bless you out there on the trail."

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 05:07 PM

Great job Norm! Nice bird!
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Posted 17 April 2007 - 05:27 PM

Awesome hunt Norm !
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Posted 17 April 2007 - 05:58 PM

22&1\2 pounds man thats a HECK of a bird Norm. :D :clap: :thumbsup: :bigthumb:
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Posted 17 April 2007 - 08:34 PM

Congrats Norm! One of those Missouri hoss gobblers. We can't touch 22 1/2lbs here. That's a three or four year old bird. 1 1/4" spurs are gonna be tough to top.
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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:18 PM

Congrats to ya Norm, NICE BIRD....
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 05:36 AM

Really nice bird!!!!! Congrats.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:04 AM

Thanks everyone. Anyone notice that the top third of the beard is gray, almost white? Hard to see in the pics but if you look close you can tell. It goes from gray, to reddish brown to black. Some red was blood but not all. Kind of an odd colored beard. Reminded me of Vickie's but this one seemed healthy and solid. Nothing loose nor falling out. Anyone else ever see variations in the beards color?

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:10 PM

Congrats, great photos and definately gonna be hard to beat that one..

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 07:21 AM

Nice Bird!
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