S.E. MN Big Bird!

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S.E. MN Big Bird!

Postby notsure » April 27th, 2013, 11:39 pm

Until yesterday (4/26), the weather in MN has been awful. I managed to purchase a Season B tag which meant I would be in the woods starting on April 22nd. Well, the 22nd came, the weather stunk, I wanted to stay in bed....and I ended up bagging the gobbler pictured below! This guy came out with 26 other birds, including 14 jakes and at least 10 hens. He ended up taking a hen back into the woods around 7:15 A.M. so I was thinking game over. Around 7:45 AM I'm sitting in my blind talking to 4 hens when a gobbler sounds off close to my left. I slowly looked out the window and there he was, 40 yards away and making a slow but steady bee-line for the single hen decoy I placed 20 yards from my setup in a cut corn field. Well, having never mastered the mouth call, I somehow worked my box call one handed, which stopped him long enough to permit a clean shot at around 25 yards. I knew this bird was special the moment I picked it up! Old and big, he weighed 25 Lb, 4 oz. and sported 1 3/8", 1 1/2" spurs. The beard was fairly wide and just under 10" in length. I killed a similar bird last year on an adjoining property and am fairly certain this guy was his brother. I consider myself blessed to have scored two great birds in consecutive years and couldn't be happier with the way this season turned out, crappy weather and all!
Gobbler Spurs 2013.jpg
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2013 Gobbler.jpg
2013 Gobbler.jpg (89.55 KiB) Viewed 1706 times

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Re: S.E. MN Big Bird!

Postby DonMcJr » April 28th, 2013, 12:09 am

Congrats Very Nice Tom! They really like that bad weather a lot more than we do and love fields in the bad weather! I got a Tom almost the same as your's in the same conditions the 25th in Michigan cept the beard was 11 1/8 and Spurs were a tad smaller at 1 1/4 and 1 1/8...

Pics of my bird are in the post below yours. Congrats again!

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Re: S.E. MN Big Bird!

Postby turkey junky » April 30th, 2013, 12:37 pm

very nice bird notsure!!! i also tagged a SE MN gobbler but he would run far far away from you big daddy tom if they were in the same field at the same time my tom was only a 2 yr old... i have only see 1 or 2 other sets of spurs down in SE MN with spurs with points like them most the 3+ birds i see on the ground have nicked up or broke or blunted spurs not the sharp needle like points on ur bird... i assume due to the rocky steep hard terrain the land in/on once they pitch out of the tree each day & or when they scratch for food in the rocky soil???

congrats & hope your season is not over being so close to WI & its liberal season & high turkey populations you can just hope the border & try ur luck again on the WI side of things i know its not MN but what can we do with only 5 days to hunt & a 1 bird limit!!!???

nice stud bird man happy safe hunting

check out my MN bird on the MN thread & or team 1 thread if you want??? i hunt the old unit 349 about what area u in in SE MN love the coulee big hill & oak ridge type country with its trout streams & turkey bluffs hard to beat that part of the state for beauty & turkey hunting & trout fishing

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