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30lb plus Gobbler
Posted: 23 April 2012 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Guys,  I have to share my hunting story from yesterday morning…  I was in Galena hunting for turkeys on the only day I could use my tag.  I set up in a spot early Sunday morning and I was hearing birds with nothing coming into my decoys/calls.  I moved spots at 8:30 and set up my decoys 22yds away from the tree I was sitting against.  I set up my pretty boy (with a real tail fanned out) with two jakes and three hens.  Around 9:00am I heard a gobble approximately 400-500 yards away.  The next 45-60 minutes was me and him calling back and forth to each other.  Finally I got smarter than the gobbler and stopped calling.  10-15 minutes later I see this blue head coming through the high grass from approximately 100 yards away.  This big dude wanted to go and introduce himself to my decoys.  He was in full strut the entire time walking in.  Once he got within a couple of yards from my decoys, I let my shot go.  He was approximately 25 yards away from me when the #5 magnum load hit him in his head and neck.  It was truly the most awesome hunt I have ever experienced.  The gobbler was over 30 lbs. with a 12” beard.  Pictures of him are attached.  How did everyone else do during the second season?  My 4.5 hour season was truly a fantastic memory.

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Posted: 23 April 2012 03:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Another Pic…

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Posted: 23 April 2012 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Real nice turkey! Congrats! 30 pounds is basically the biggest turkey i have ever heard of!

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Posted: 23 April 2012 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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That’s a huge gobbler, also one of the biggest turkeys I’ve heard/seen of.  Sounds like an AWESOME hunt, ain’t it great when you get faced with a challenge like that, AND WIN?!  Congrats on the bird!

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Posted: 24 April 2012 07:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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What a tank.  Great Job

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Posted: 24 April 2012 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Awesome turkey!!!!!!Its hunts like yours that will hook u for life…..You gettin the bird mounted???My son is going with his grandpa friday:)

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Posted: 24 April 2012 08:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I need to get back into turkey hunting…It is stories like this that make me miss it!!!

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Posted: 24 April 2012 08:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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30 lbs!?!  WOW!  Congrats!

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Posted: 24 April 2012 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Alright so I didn’t get the bird mounted. I did save the tail, beard, feet and wings. I am going to mount them into something cool. After I cleaned the bird I deboned all the meat and brined it in a combination of milk, paprika, salt, sugar, pepper, lemon juice and worechestor sauce. The sides of the breast were almost as big as a beef brisket I get at costco… Tonight I rolled them around in some flour and then in an egg wash with half & half and back in the flour mixed with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Took the strips to the basspro fish fryer and had an awesome dinner with the family. the dark meat of the legs and thighs tasted like beef and was a deep red color. The breast was white and almost the same consistency as aligator meat. I don’t ever remember a turkey with meat quite like this. It tasted fantastic! Here are a couple of pics of the bird.

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Posted: 25 April 2012 09:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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INCREDIBLE! Truly an amazing turkey!Quite the celebration too, that sounds delicious!

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Posted: 25 April 2012 01:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Nice bird GB. Congrats. you gotta love it when a plan comes together.

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Posted: 27 April 2012 08:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I’ve shot deer smaller than that!

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