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First Long Beard

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Joe C, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    I've killed a few turkeys since moving to Nebraska, but always fall hens or jakes. Today I was looking out the window of my shop and saw a lone bird at about 250 yards. I could see a beard from the window so I knew it had to be a good one. I grabbed the shotgun and started scootin' down the treeline in the opposite field to see if I could sneak up on him.

    I got all the way to my blind between two fields without seeing hide nor feather. Then I noticed he was right on the other side of my blind in the field at about 60 yards. I purred a few times to see if he would come closer but he never would. Finally, I stood up behind my blind, I never bothered to try to get into it, and waited until I could make sure it was a good tom. As soon as I knew for sure I sent a three inch number 5 towards his head. He dropped like a rock.

    Totals on him were 22lbs, beard one 9.375", beard two 2.50", spurs were .550" and .685".

    He isn't the biggest one I have on my farm, but he's the biggest one I've killed. He'll feed me and the girls at least four times! And that old 870 I got for my birthday 27 years ago still has what it takes!

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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2017
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  2. Bugs

    Bugs Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 19, 2011
    Is the 870 a Wingmaster? Great pump gun.
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  3. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Awesome Joe!!!! Congrats on a great kill. Double beards aren't real rare but they are rare.They eat good!! The thighs and legs make great turkey and dumplings. Better than chicken and dumplings. Gotta cook them awhile though as they can be tough. But about 2-3 hours slow cooked makes them great!!
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  4. DanKimber

    DanKimber Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    Never been turkey hunting, but one day....
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  5. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2015
    Nice bird and good looking vintage shotgun. Happy Easter
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    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    That's a beauty.
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  7. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 3, 2011
    Way to go, Joe! Those old toms are smart.
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  8. Dave Jessee

    Dave Jessee Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2014
    Nice bird! It's a lot harder to do than you made it sound.
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  9. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire Supporting Addict

    Apr 12, 2016
    Nice bird,nice gun,damn nice day!!! :)
  10. khend1

    khend1 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2013
    Congrats on a beautiful bird, Joe!
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  11. cwoods

    cwoods Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 12, 2016
    Nice job on the thunder chicken.
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  12. GoetzTalon

    GoetzTalon Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 21, 2011
    Congrats on a great looking bird!!!
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  13. yakstone

    yakstone Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 19, 2014
    Well done and a great Easter Sunday harvest.
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  14. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I really thought this thread was going to go in a different direction.

    But when I figured out it was about a Tom's beard and not your own,......I got excited!

    Congrats! May be your 1st at the new place, I'm sure it won't be your last!
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  15. schofield

    schofield Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Nice Tom! I have never gotten one with two beards before.
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  16. Pangari1

    Pangari1 -this space for rent- Supporting Addict

    Dec 1, 2011
    Congrats on the bird & the stalk to get him. Dang old birds are tough to get so nice job on "the stalk". I didn't even notice both beards until the last picture. (yup, I tend to look at pics first then go back and read.:sneaky:)
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  17. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL Supporting Addict

    Mar 11, 2013
    If you look closely on that second pic, you can see where Joe safety pinned that chunk of horsetail to that tom
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