Grandson got a good 'un!

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Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Tail Feathers » April 23rd, 2016, 6:20 pm

I took my 14 year old grandson out this morning for his first hunt of the season. He killed a jake two years ago but that was his only bird.
I had scouted earlier in the week and seen four or five longbeard together in a pipeline one evening. I had an idea where they roosted and we got there in plenty of time this morning. Another hunter pulled up by us in his Jeep right at gobbling time. He's a loud talker and wanted to visit. We heard nothing after he left so I went down the road a bit to another spot. We had one gobbling but he went away from us on flydown. We tried to follow but it got so thick, we opted to back out and go at him another way.
That worked! We sat up on the other side of him and he responded to calling. As the gobbling got closer, it was clear there were two gobbling!
We had one on one side and two gobbling and coming down a pipeline from the other side. We quickly shifted in intercept the two gobblers. They gobbled REAL close and then we could see them. Not two, FOUR longbeards strolling in. My grandson was directly in front of me and had a wide open shot at the lead bird as he stopped and periscoped his head up at my clucking. BOOM! I saw the head hit the gobbler's back so I knew it was a done deal. The bird flopped, the other three milled about and my middle school lineman grandson bolted more like a running back. :laugh:
He scared the other three toms half to death when he came flying out of the woodline.
The tom was a real trophy. 1 1/2" spur and 1 3/8" spur, a 10 1/2" beard and ANOTHER beard of 8". Yep, his first longbeard was a double-bearded STUD!
I did not weigh the bird. That may have been a mistake. At an estimated weight of 20 lbs 4 oz, this tom would have been the #8 registered Eastern in the State of Texas! Even dropping a pound he would still take #8...:violent1:
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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by The Mossberg Mauler » April 23rd, 2016, 6:23 pm

Congratulations to you both.
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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Grumpy » April 23rd, 2016, 6:36 pm

Very good and nice write up too.
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Post by redarrow » April 23rd, 2016, 6:44 pm

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Post by devastator » April 23rd, 2016, 7:09 pm

:thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Night_Hawk » April 23rd, 2016, 8:15 pm

Just awesome. Congratulations.

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by hookinembig » April 23rd, 2016, 8:29 pm

Great job to the both of you. And congrats on the giant bird Texas bird.

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Post by Hognutz » April 23rd, 2016, 9:34 pm

Congrats to the both of you. That is a stinkin" dandy of a bird.
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Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Cleveland48 » April 23rd, 2016, 10:32 pm

That's an awesome bird to have as his first long beard. Congrats to him!


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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by appalachianassassin » April 24th, 2016, 6:44 am

don't kill many like that.
gotta love turkey huntin!!!

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Spuriosity » April 24th, 2016, 7:00 am

May be a while before he tops that one. Congrats.

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Post by 202P&Y » April 24th, 2016, 10:26 am

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Shooter » April 24th, 2016, 10:58 am

WTG to the young feller!!! :thumbup: Dang, them some spurs!!!

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Post by soiltester » April 24th, 2016, 11:53 am

Love that smile and he has every reason to :thumbup:
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Post by HuntnMa » April 24th, 2016, 11:59 am

Very happy for y'all.... :)
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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by GOLD HUNTER » April 24th, 2016, 5:34 pm

:thumbup:
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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by hoobilly » April 24th, 2016, 10:05 pm

did you look that beard over really good? almost looks like separation in the thicker beard like it could be a triple beard..

may be just the way it looks in your picture


nothing better than getting a youngster in a good hunt with a bonus :thumbup:

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by strutnva » April 25th, 2016, 6:17 am

:thumbup:

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by pullit » April 25th, 2016, 6:39 am

Double beard, and a great set of hooks, got to love it, congrats
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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Reloader » April 25th, 2016, 4:45 pm

Congrats!

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by JTown21 » April 25th, 2016, 4:50 pm

Great story with an even greater ending. Congrats to the two of you and adapting to having your grandson take a heck of a gobbler....his smile says it all.

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by Tail Feathers » April 25th, 2016, 6:25 pm

hoobilly wrote:did you look that beard over really good? almost looks like separation in the thicker beard like it could be a triple beard..

may be just the way it looks in your picture


nothing better than getting a youngster in a good hunt with a bonus :thumbup:
Not a great pic of them, but definitely is just two, about 3/4" apart. I don't think the boy has stopped smiling yet. He took the turkey's feet and spurs to school to show all his buddies. :lol:

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Re: Grandson got a good 'un!

Post by firedup » April 26th, 2016, 7:56 pm

Not sure how I missed this one brother!!! CONGRATS!!!! That is one sweet, sweet deal all way around!

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