This is a picture of one of my best friends in the world with a turkey he shot this morning hunting on the other side of the lease from me. There were two turkeys gobbling pretty close to his set-up, he even heard one of them pitch down behind him. I was back where I like to hunt & didn't hear a single bird. Last night when testing my radio to make sure it had enough battery to hunt today, I left it on by accident. I could not communicate with him to see what was happening.
About 7:45 AM my body told me that the chinese food I had for supper last night had someplace it need to go in a hurry, so I picked up and headed for the outhouse by the cabin. As I passed my truck, I got a freshly charged set of batteries and got on the radio to E.P.. I thought I heard him respond by keying the microphone, which is a signal we use during deer season to let the others on the radio know there are deer nearby & it is not possible to talk with them at this time. I was asking him if he had answered me or if I'd just heard static. The shotgun blast from his direction answered the question for me. He got on the radio to let me know he had a good bird down.
We did not weigh the bird, but it is every bit of 20 pounds, perhaps more. It has a 10 inch beard and 1 inch spurs. E.P. said the bird gobbled a few dozen times and was coming straight to his calls before he closed the deal with a 15 yard shot. He got to hear the bird gobble, see it strut, and had it run straight to his calls. You can't do much better than that.