My 2009 turkey

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AaronS
 
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My 2009 turkey

Postby AaronS » March 17th, 2010, 7:38 am

The bird I shot last year was what will probably be my "bird of a lifetime", so I wanted to do something special to remember it by. I decided to have him mounted to look like he is gobbling on a limb. He was 25 lbs, an 11" beard, and 35mm spurs. One "tough old bird".

The morning of the hunt, he was roosted just inside the woods near a big field on the farm I was hunting, and stood on the limb gobbling for over 45 minutes before finally flying down. Instead of flying into the field and making for an easy hunt for me, he flew into the woods and henned up immediately. Long story short, a couple of hours later I killed him by stalking into the woods and sneaking within gun range.

The first two pics are from the day of the kill.

The last 4 pics are him now on the wall of my man cave.

I couldn't be happier about the great job the taxidermist did with him. I'm also pumped about the upcoming season which starts 4/21 here. If I'm lucky enough to get a bird this year, he's going into my new smoker instead of to the taxidermist. :D
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AaronS
 
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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby AaronS » March 17th, 2010, 7:40 am

Finally got it figured out.

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HILLBILLY
 
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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby HILLBILLY » March 17th, 2010, 2:48 pm

Dang! That's one awsome bird bro. That dang beard looks like a horse tail.
BIG CONGRATS!!!!!
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Hognutz
 
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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby Hognutz » March 17th, 2010, 3:26 pm

Nice bird,Aaron. The mount is beautiful. I love that style myself..Good luck this year...Mike
And there I was...Knee deep in grenade pins..

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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby Turkeybuster » March 17th, 2010, 5:55 pm

Aron that is a beautiful bird you don't get many of them in a lifetime of hunting.
The mount is also exceptional and the spurs are also out of the ordinary they look like spikes. Congrats. on the bird of a lifetime hopefully you get his twin brother this spring.
Good Luck!
Jon
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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby Virginia Boy » March 17th, 2010, 6:39 pm

What a set of hooks! A true limbhanger. Congrats!

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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby rsmithpa » March 18th, 2010, 3:52 am

That is an outstanding gobbler with a great beard and spurs.  Congrats!!!
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RE: My 2009 turkey

Postby Everyday Hunter » March 18th, 2010, 6:40 am

You can't do much better than that, weight-wise, beard-wise, or spur-wise.

Nice mount, too. Congrats.

Steve
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