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Arrowmaster 03-16-2011 07:57 PM

2011 Turkey Contest Braggin Board
Please feel free to post your 2011 contest pics here. Brag it up let us hear the story.

Nauticstar 03-18-2011 05:38 AM

Longbeard Mafia off to a good start! See story in Team 8 thread. I'll post a few pics.
Picture of me with my opening day bird on the front porch of the Thomasville Venetian!

Loved this pic of my truck in the background!

Do I get bonus points for this guy?

BTW, stats were 16 1/2 lbs, 10 1/4" beard, and 3/4" spurs. Not going to win the big bird contest, but a great start here in Alabama!

Turkey Goddess 03-18-2011 02:34 PM

Congrats Nauticstar!!!

Kim :)

Arrowmaster 03-18-2011 02:53 PM

EFH's first bird of the contest

Arrowmaster 03-18-2011 02:53 PM

EFH's second bird

IBHUN10 03-18-2011 06:22 PM

Hey Nauticstar NICE truck looks exactly like mine!! 03 Chevy silverado, green ex cab, Z71, 163,000 miles and still goin strong!!

Nauticstar 03-19-2011 01:11 PM

Originally Posted by IBHUN10 (Post 3788207)
Hey Nauticstar NICE truck looks exactly like mine!! 03 Chevy silverado, green ex cab, Z71, 163,000 miles and still goin strong!!

Dang man, you been putting the miles to it! I just hit 100,000. I drive a honda accord around for work, so my truck only moves if I go hunting or pull my boat. Love it except for the rattling intermediate shaft they can't seem to fix!

superstrutter 03-19-2011 02:32 PM

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I had to battle dogs and other hunters to get this bird this morning. Today was the opener, and to be truthful, I wasn't too confident. I knew there would be other hunters on bordering properties after this bird. I went Friday morning to see where he was roosting. He was in the middle of my property gobbling good, perfect. About 7:45, well after flydown, I see four turkeys fly up into trees. A few minutes later here comes the dog chasing a deer. The turkeys flew down the line and were silent the rest of the morning. Fast forward to this morning. I set up where the gobbler was yesterday morning. First thing I hear is a dog. He won't quit barking and is only a couple hundred yards from where I am set up. To make matters worse, I hear the turkey gobble, only he is about 1/4 of a mile down the line right on my south border, right where another hunter is waiting. I hear another hunter hooting close to where the bird is. I make tracks fast to get there before the hunter screws everything up. It's now a battle between me and two other hunters. One of the hunters I wasn't too worried about. He was set up in a bad position and called way too much. I did some calling and was able to call in a couple hens. They were in a talkative mood. Between me and the real hens, the gobbler just couldn't stand it and had to come over with his three jake buddies and take a look. It was his last. The shot was about 30 yards. I did hear another gobble way off, so in between Texas hunts I'll be looking for him. Nothing like opening day success, especially when it's against the odds. The gobbler weighed 17.4 pounds, had matching 3/4" spurs, and had a 10 inch beard. Official score is 52.25.

Turkey Goddess 03-20-2011 05:55 AM

Congrats superstrutter!!! Great story! Way to overcome the odds to get a BIG BEAUTIFUL gobbler!!!

Kim :)

IBHUN10 03-21-2011 02:57 PM

Nauticstar, Mines my daily driver it has been a good truck for me!!

hunt12ga 03-21-2011 07:35 PM

Way to stick it to 'em Superstrutter!


Arjuna 03-26-2011 04:46 AM

Alabama Bird
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It was my first evening bird...short hunt...13 minutes
March 24
20 lbs
10.5 " beard
1" rt
15/16" lt
total 60.375
Team 13, 12 ga chokers

Arrowmaster 03-26-2011 10:30 AM

EFH 3rd bird of the season

jgreen76 04-02-2011 09:12 PM

South Carolina Season Opener yesterday


1.125 R
1.250 L

Beard: 10 3/8"

Shot in the first 40mins of daylight 100yds from the truck...

Turkey Goddess 04-03-2011 05:38 AM

Nice one jgreen76! 100 yards from the truck??? I walked further than that this morning just to hear them gobbling!!! LOL


Kim :)

superstrutter 04-05-2011 08:33 PM

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Me and a friend went to Texas this past weekend for opening weekend. We were planning on trying to film each other taking a longbeard, but the lack of birds and windy weather made that pretty difficult. We did roost a bird Friday evening. We set up on him Sat. morning. It was tough to find a good place to hide both of us. I found a tree with a cedar next to it that had good cover. My friend is left handed, so he set up on the other side of the tree. I didn't realize he was sticking out as far as he was. After the gobbler flew down, I did some soft calling. He was strutting and coming our way. If the bird came to the left I would do the filming, if the bird came to the right, I would doing the shooting. The bird came to the right, but when my friend got the camera, he saw movement. The gobbler immeditately stuck his head up and did the old wing tuck and started walking away. I knew it was now or never, so I told my friend don't worry about filming, I have to take the shot. The Rem. HD's put him down at 51 yards. He weighed 21 lbs. 10 oz., had a 9.5" beard, one spur 1 1/4" and the other 1".

j76 04-05-2011 08:40 PM

Iowa Jaybird Peels a couple Osceola's for team 10

JoeA 04-08-2011 03:59 PM

Hey j76!
Nice birds...where in FL did you hunt?

Iowa Jaybird 04-08-2011 04:22 PM

Originally Posted by JoeA (Post 3796767)
Hey j76!
Nice birds...where in FL did you hunt?

South of Orlando. Buddy did the guiding, and have no idea exactly where we were. I shot one at 8am Friday, and the next one Saturday at 7:15am on a flydown from Roost, after he got tired of Gobbling for over an hour. He landed, ran in to kick our Jakes butt, and died. First one was actually a second setup that morning after we called 2 Jakes in on our intial setup. Moved 300 yards, set out our Jake/Hen combo, sat, started calling, and had 3 birds brake out of the woods and sprint towards our dekes. First was a Tom, and I had my first Osceola. That bird died less than 10 minutes after we sat down. We were a bit surprised at how fast that ended.

Arrowmaster 04-08-2011 07:20 PM

Awesome birds. Man I love turkey hunting.

Turkey Goddess 04-09-2011 07:14 AM

Meeeeeee tooooooo!!!! Our turn is coming up!!! 11 days for me then I'm heading to South Dakota baby!!! YAY!!! :) :) :)

Kim :)

JoeA 04-09-2011 10:09 PM

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Here's a pic of the bird I entered. He was part of a group of 5 toms. It was late afternoon and windy. I had set up at 5am, in a small clump of trees over looking a small field with a stock tank in it. No luck, so I left for an area below I had heard other gobblers the day before. After lunch, I realized that I was missing one of my fave slate calls (QB Finisher).

After checking out a few other places, that turned out to be dead, I returned to the morning spot, hoping to find my call in the grass. As luck would have it, it was there. Just then, I noticed some hens through the trees, feeding across and over a hill about 75yds from me, with a tom in tow. I dropped down the hill towards the truck, and out of their line of sight. I circled around to the right, to get behind them. Once they crested the hill, I walked at a crouch towards them with the wind almost in my face. There was a shallow bowl between me and the crest that the turkeys had gone over. I looked it over, in case there was a pheasant or quail I might bump. Nothing, but just as I looked up at the far crest (60yds away), I see 5 white heads on red necks, looking my way. I froze and so did they.

All of a sudden, one tom resets his wings, and starts walking downhill at an angle to my left, but in my direction. As soon as the others followed, I ducked down behind the slope I was on, and worked my way left. I only went 15-20 yds, before getting downslope of the left edge of the bowl.

I got my feet planted under myself, and the tom farthest on the left just got his head to where he could see me. I popped up gun ready...bead on leftmost bird at 20-25yds...CLICK! I hadn't shucked a shell into the chamber. The other toms startled for a quick .5secs, and spun around to make tracks. I put the bead on the bird second from the right...BANG! At 33yds, the Rem Wingmaster HD punched his ticket.

If I hadn't lost that call and noticed it.... Maybe I should lose calls more often? Naahh!

hunt12ga 04-10-2011 08:44 PM

Congrats JoeA, and great story. Thanks!


Talondale 04-12-2011 09:20 AM

My mountain bird from opening day.

RockyMtnGobblers 04-15-2011 01:28 PM

My Best Gobbler yet
I went to a new area I believed would hold turkeys, I parked at 730 and got to where I was going to hunt just after 8am. I Heard a hen calling after walking just 100 ft. or so I followed her believing she may have a tom with her, shortly I could see two turkeys then later I saw a very nice gobbler strutting and several more turkeys. I was trying to use cover and get ahead of them but it was impossible and at one point several jakes busted me but never putted, I froze until they moved on.

They eventually went up a mountain the hen calling and gobbler strutting all the while. I set up by one of many roost areas and they came back down the mountain but not to me, they went into a small area( you can see in the picture behind me) and into the trees. I got out of their line of sight and ran about 125 yards closer to the trees on the left just inside of the area they where in. When they came out I took a 40 yard shot and took down my gobbler!
19 lbs
9 inch beard
1/2 inch spurs. :rock: :barmy:

huntnma 04-16-2011 02:57 PM

My April Fools Day bird

I had to measure for another turkey contest and I mismeasured the first time, the beard was 10 1/4''.....every 1/16th counts, lol.
Your score is 15.5 + 7.5 + 7.5 + 20.5 = 51

superstrutter 04-24-2011 04:51 PM

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I guess I will brag about my day on Friday April 22nd. I started the morning hearing 4 birds gobbling a long ways off. They were on another property. I set up close to the property line to see if I could call one of them in. Just as I sat down, one gobbled behind me about 200 yards away. I set up on him. I eventually called him in. It was a jake. It was fun watching him strut and hearing him gobble. This is when I realized I was sitting on a Copperhead. Read the "I sat on a Copperhead" thread. After I realized I was a lucky man, another bird gobbled about 200 yards to my right. I set up quickly and started calling. He was very vocal at this point. When he came out, I discovered it was another jake. I started to let him walk, but this was my last day of the season and I wanted some more meat, so I decided to take him. I normally don't shoot jakes, but I love fried turkey strips. This was my third bird of the season. The shot was 40 yards. He was a little closer than that at first, but I was hesitant in shooting him when he first came out. He weighed 15 lbs, 1/2 spurs, and had a 5 inch beard. His spurs were pretty long for a jake, but he was a jake. The wind started blowing about 25 mph. I debated whether to go out in the afternoon. Mind you, I'm in Texas, so it's legal to take more than one bird in a day. I get out there about 5:00 and do some calling. At about 5:30 I call in a hen, and she is really talking to me. No gobbler shows up. At about 6:00, I hear a gobble way off, but because of the wind, I couldn't exactly tell where it came from. I had an idea it was to my left, so I went that way. I called some more, and I was correct where the gobble came from. I set up, but the bird was coming no closer. I moved closer to him. Eventually I could tell he was closer and coming my way. I finally see a bird coming, but it's another jake, but I see the Tom about 75 yards behind him. The jake eventually comes on in, but the Tom is hesitant. By now it's about 7:15. I've been working these birds for about an hour and the Tom is about 80 yards out. I made a few soft calls and he goes into full strut and slowly inched closer. At about 7:20, he is what I'm guessing 50 or 60 yards out. I can tell he is now getting a little nervous. I have my sights on him and am asking him to walk about 5 or 10 yards closer. Of course he doesn't oblige. He starts to turn and walk off. I knew it was now or never. I squeezed the trigger and down he went. It was about 7:25. The shot was around 50-55 yards. The Rem. HD's are awesome. He weighed 20 lbs 12 oz., had matching 1 inch spurs, and a 10 inch beard. Bird # 4 ended my season on a great note. The day could have been a disaster, because of the snake, but the good Lord blessed me. My season is now over and I already miss it. Now it's time to fill the freezer with some fish. These are the pics of my two last day birds.

turkey harvester 04-26-2011 06:51 AM

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Woke up Friday morning it was foggy, misting, and the wind was blowing. It had just got done storming about 3 hours earlier. The wife was sick in bed, so she didnít go. My brother and I went to our spot and kinda laughed about the weather. It got about 6:08 and I told him lets make something happen, so I hooted. A turkey gobbled about 80-90 yards straight in front of us. So we set up, in the same spot my wife and I did the first day, put out the decoys and waited. This bird gobbled his freaking head off for 15-20 minutes before pitching down in a small field to our left. It was foggy and I couldnít see the bird but I could here him strut. Finally he come walking in gobbling every step, stopped when he seen the decoys and began to strut. Crossed under the fence and displayed for the ladies some, then I couldnít take it no more he got shot in the face. This bird weighed 25 lbs. had a 10 inch beard and had a whopping 1 3/8 rt.spur and 1 11/4 left spur. He was a dandy for sure, and he read and played the script right.
After I shot we heard another turkey gobble about 150-200 yards away. So I grabbed my bird, tagged it right quick, put it behind the tree we were at and we took off after the other bird for my brother. Grabbed the decoys and went about 50 yards and he gobbled right in our face. Put the decoy about 10 yards to our left, should have stayed where we were, and called . We heard 3 gobbles and they were getting close. 2 lookers and 1 strutter came walking down the edge of the field, walked on feathers of the one I killed, and seen the decoy. That was it they came in and my brother smoked a 22 Ĺ pounder had a 9 ľ inch beard and 1 inch spurs. By far the absolute best turkey hunt I think Iíve ever been on and done it with my little brother.

wvOHIOfan 04-26-2011 09:15 AM

I found this gobbler at daylight but he was a good distance off and by the time I had hiked to his location he had flown down and was already on the ground. He was gobbling a lot as I made my way to much so that I didn't have to use any type of locator calls to keep tabs on his exact location. Knowing he was already on the ground, his frequent gobbling led me to believe that he may be alone and I was right. I got within 200 yards of him and had to set up there because the woods I was in was a big stand of mature Oaks.....just beautiful open hardwooods. I didn't want to risk getting any closer so I set out my decoy 15 yards to my left and slightly in front of me. I knew the decoy would play an important role because the woods were pretty open and I knew he'd be looking hard for the hen.

Once the decoy was in place, I backed up to a great big White Oak which more than broke my silhouette. With gloves and headnet on, I gave a soft series on lonely hen yelps and he cut me off. I called once more just so he could get a good fix on my location and again he cut me off with a big, full roll gobble. Then, I shut up.

Within 2 minutes I saw him crest the ridge at 120 yards. He was displaying as he slowly inched my way. He took his time and was really looking hard for the hen he had heard when walking from 120 yards to 60 yards. At 60 yards he spotted the hen decoy. Once he saw the decoy he fanned up and stayed that way as he closed in. Once he closed to 24 yards I let him have a load of Nitros and the hunt was over.

Although he never gobbled when in sight, he put on a beautiful show of displaying as he silently made his way to the decoy.

The only call I made after spotting him was a cluck to get him to raise his head just before firing. On the walk out I even found a bunch of Morels which I will fry up and eat with this gobbler's breast. It was a great hunt on a beautiful, spring, West Virginia morning.

Here are his stats:

20 pds 2 oz
Beard = 9.25
Right Spur = 1
Left Spur = 1

Arrowmaster 04-28-2011 07:44 PM

Heres my 2011 Missouri bird. I shot this bird on April 25th at 740am in Carroll county Missouri. It took me an hour to get this bird into range. I shot the bird at 7 yards.

huntnma 05-05-2011 01:25 PM

Nebraska bird

Phil from Maine 05-09-2011 10:05 AM

A Maine bird and my first spring bird ever.. It felt great even though it was cold and windy today. It took him an hour to come into shooting range.. 20.5 lbs.

kfinley0006 05-10-2011 07:56 AM

2011 turkey
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this was my first bird this year. i wasn't in the contest, maybe i should have been... 25 lbs 4 oz; 1" spurs; 11 1/4 beard

richwrench 05-10-2011 03:21 PM

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Here's my Osceola I shot on a ranch in Sarasota. 9 & 1/2" beard & 3/4" spurs. Nothing for the record books, but it's my biggest so far...

Arrowmaster 05-15-2011 08:00 AM

My Indiana bird. I shot this bird the morning, 5/15/11.

Turkey Goddess 05-16-2011 04:53 PM

Kenny.... Congrats!!! BUT... WTH is up w/ your deek??? Hahahaha!!!

Kim :)

Arrowmaster 05-16-2011 07:21 PM

Originally Posted by Turkey Goddess (Post 3809157)
Kenny.... Congrats!!! BUT... WTH is up w/ your deek??? Hahahaha!!!

Kim :)

hahahaha it ws a rough few days for the deek. We will get him all fixed up before next year. I had to pull him out so he could help me kill that tom. He did a fine job, plus the wizards calling and help from gimpy. I have watched the Tom I killed in a large unplowed cornfield for many days. I was at one end of the field and he was at the other with my old pal crooked beard in between us all the time. I know crooked beard is unhuntable so I focused on the tom I killed and patterened him quite well. Anyway the end result is a very nice Indiana bird. :)

Phil from Maine 05-28-2011 06:03 AM

Another Eastern but not much to brag about.. However this one tags me out.. It is a bearded jake..

Iowa Jaybird 06-04-2011 04:47 AM

My first Osceola

My second Osceola

My 3rd bird of the year. Iowa Eastern

My 4th, a Rio/Eastern hybrid

My 5th, another Kansas Rio/Eastern with a real nice doublebeard

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