Big turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunters Forum' started by baker aka goosenut, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. iawaterfowler

    iawaterfowler Elite Refuge Member

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    I have always heard that the reason those birds with knives on their legs are so light is because they shed a lot of weight during the breeding season from fighting and strutting and breeding. It makes sense to me.
     
  2. Wingmaster

    Wingmaster Elite Refuge Member

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    My first turkey back in 2006, taken from Lake Mendocino. It was raining off and on, and all the way home (back of truck) so the bird's a little wet.

    His head was HUGE, and on the old Zebco scale I had in the boat at the time his weight was 25. ...felt like 50 :)

    first turkey.jpg
     
  3. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Your wife beat the tar out of you after you brought that into the house?
     
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  4. possumfoot

    possumfoot Elite Refuge Member

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    largest bodied bird i ever killed was also my best bird. and this was in Tn away from any ag. 27.4 lbs (deli scale) 12.5in and 11.5in beards. 1 13/16 and 1 11/16 spurs.
     
  5. baker aka goosenut

    baker aka goosenut Elite Refuge Member

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    All my
    Pics are on my phone how
    Do unupload them from ur phone
     
  6. Quarne

    Quarne Elite Refuge Member

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    Possumfoot, that would have been an incredible tom to see!
     
  7. Quarne

    Quarne Elite Refuge Member

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    I believe my heaviest tom so far has been 26lbs. We have tons of birds in WI these days but most toms don't make to their 4th spring. It takes a lot of time generally to grow a tom to 30lbs.
     
  8. possumfoot

    possumfoot Elite Refuge Member

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    did not kill it because i had any skill turkey hunting. talked to a neighbor that lived on his farm and he told me exactly what that bird was doing. i had hunted him for a month and could never do anything with him. the next day about 1:30 i went in and set up in the edge of the woods about 150 yards from the neighbors cabin. at 2 15 he came walking by and i killed him. kinda wish i had done it right, but i was mad at him. wish i knew then what i know now about the nwtf books and how they score turkeys. i'll likely never kill another turkey like him.
     
  9. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    Easy now .. why would you want to be in the " Books" :scratch
    Keep that in in yer' mind, and savor the memories on the one ya' had to "ambush", and learn & grow from that:tu
     
  10. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    U B rite :flame
     

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