Carbon Express Arrows
2016 OFFICIAL wild turkey meat pole
Turkey
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writer 21-Jan-16
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writer 21-Jan-16
trkyslr 21-Jan-16
Beav 22-Jan-16
sitO 22-Jan-16
writer 22-Jan-16
Beav 22-Jan-16
Drahthaar 22-Jan-16
'Ike' (Phone) 22-Jan-16
AZBUGLER 23-Jan-16
olebuck 08-Feb-16
CJC 09-Feb-16
'Ike' (Phone) 09-Feb-16
writer 15-Feb-16
BDub 24-Feb-16
BDub 24-Feb-16
trkyslr 24-Feb-16
midwest 24-Feb-16
Iowahunter 24-Feb-16
Alexis Desjardins 25-Feb-16
Shiras 25-Feb-16
writer 25-Feb-16
Tndeer 25-Feb-16
Mad_Angler 25-Feb-16
Beav 25-Feb-16
krieger 25-Feb-16
'Ike' (Phone) 25-Feb-16
Medicinemann 25-Feb-16
BDub 26-Feb-16
shortbeard 15-Mar-16
midwest 15-Mar-16
joehunter8301 16-Mar-16
HUNT MAN 16-Mar-16
writer 16-Mar-16
sitO 16-Mar-16
trkyslr 16-Mar-16
Ermine 16-Mar-16
Ermine 16-Mar-16
writer 16-Mar-16
Scoot 22-Mar-16
trkyslr 22-Mar-16
Scoot 22-Mar-16
Bowfreak 22-Mar-16
Beav 23-Mar-16
Drahthaar 25-Mar-16
Scoot 25-Mar-16
Straight Shooter 25-Mar-16
'Ike' (Phone) 26-Mar-16
Lefty15 26-Mar-16
Beav 26-Mar-16
Beav 26-Mar-16
Beav 26-Mar-16
Beav 26-Mar-16
Beav 26-Mar-16
writer 26-Mar-16
Ridge Wraith 26-Mar-16
Beav 26-Mar-16
Scoot 26-Mar-16
'Ike' (Phone) 26-Mar-16
trkyslr 26-Mar-16
trkyslr 26-Mar-16
trkyslr 26-Mar-16
joehunter8301 26-Mar-16
Dan Mallia 27-Mar-16
trkyslr 27-Mar-16
sitO 27-Mar-16
Paul@thefort 27-Mar-16
Dan Mallia 27-Mar-16
GhostBird 27-Mar-16
'Ike' (Phone) 27-Mar-16
joehunter8301 28-Mar-16
Dyjack 28-Mar-16
Reflex 28-Mar-16
brianhood 28-Mar-16
Mad_Angler 28-Mar-16
writer 30-Mar-16
tflight 30-Mar-16
trkyslr 30-Mar-16
Beav 30-Mar-16
Beav 30-Mar-16
trkyslr 30-Mar-16
otcWill 30-Mar-16
Beav 30-Mar-16
GhostBird 30-Mar-16
Alexis Desjardins 31-Mar-16
Lefty15 02-Apr-16
trkyslr 02-Apr-16
Lefty15 02-Apr-16
Beav 03-Apr-16
Beav 03-Apr-16
writer 03-Apr-16
Beav 04-Apr-16
midwest 04-Apr-16
loopmtz 04-Apr-16
Ironbow 04-Apr-16
trkyslr 05-Apr-16
sheds 05-Apr-16
sheds 05-Apr-16
sheds 05-Apr-16
RedOctober 05-Apr-16
Cazador 06-Apr-16
Cazador 06-Apr-16
writer 06-Apr-16
Dan Mallia 07-Apr-16
stick33 07-Apr-16
Wideone 07-Apr-16
Wideone 07-Apr-16
DEC 08-Apr-16
shortbeard 08-Apr-16
Ziek 09-Apr-16
trkyslr 09-Apr-16
trkyslr 09-Apr-16
writer 09-Apr-16
CJE 09-Apr-16
t-roy 10-Apr-16
Greg Kush 10-Apr-16
Brotsky 10-Apr-16
midwest 10-Apr-16
writer 10-Apr-16
Ziek 10-Apr-16
writer 10-Apr-16
Brotsky 10-Apr-16
writer 11-Apr-16
Brotsky 11-Apr-16
Brotsky 11-Apr-16
Scoot 11-Apr-16
Brotsky 11-Apr-16
Scoot 11-Apr-16
cnelk 11-Apr-16
TEXASWOODS5 11-Apr-16
bowcrazyJRHCO 11-Apr-16
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trkyslr 11-Apr-16
trkyslr 11-Apr-16
writer 11-Apr-16
trkyslr 11-Apr-16
Marty 11-Apr-16
SDHNTR(home) 12-Apr-16
trkyslr 12-Apr-16
Marty 12-Apr-16
zummy 12-Apr-16
writer 12-Apr-16
Nogutsnostory 14-Apr-16
trkyslr 14-Apr-16
Nogutsnostory 14-Apr-16
wkochevar 14-Apr-16
Nogutsnostory 14-Apr-16
wkochevar 14-Apr-16
trkyslr 14-Apr-16
Hawkeye 14-Apr-16
Hawkeye 14-Apr-16
trkyslr 14-Apr-16
Butcher 15-Apr-16
midwest 15-Apr-16
Franzen 15-Apr-16
Ziek 15-Apr-16
trkyslr 15-Apr-16
wkochevar 16-Apr-16
Bullhound@Home 16-Apr-16
Ziek 16-Apr-16
writer 16-Apr-16
Ziek 16-Apr-16
joehunter8301 17-Apr-16
Dan Mallia 17-Apr-16
Chad429 17-Apr-16
Beav 17-Apr-16
Coach 17-Apr-16
trkyslr 17-Apr-16
midwest 17-Apr-16
Hawkeye 18-Apr-16
Jasper 19-Apr-16
Hawkeye 19-Apr-16
stick33 19-Apr-16
trkyslr 19-Apr-16
INbowdude 19-Apr-16
Ziek 19-Apr-16
Hawkeye 19-Apr-16
Ziek 19-Apr-16
GhostBird 19-Apr-16
Hawkeye 19-Apr-16
Bowfreak 19-Apr-16
Hawkeye 19-Apr-16
trkyslr 19-Apr-16
Shoots-Straight 20-Apr-16
snapcrackpop 21-Apr-16
midwest 21-Apr-16
Ziek 21-Apr-16
Hawkeye 21-Apr-16
Beav 21-Apr-16
Bowfreak 21-Apr-16
Martin Man 22-Apr-16
Rock 22-Apr-16
Rock 22-Apr-16
Animal Killer 23-Apr-16
writer 23-Apr-16
From: writer
21-Jan-16
Edited -

OK, since the seasons are getting rolling, lets keep this thing primarily to a collection of birds taken by bowhunters, with archery gear.

Try to keep it to one photo per bird, unless there's something really interesting like huge spurs.

Anything negative gets tossed. If I put in something negative, hammer me and I'll take it off. :-)

Let the good times roll!!

From: Beav
21-Jan-16

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Here you go writer! We were covered up with birds last weekend.

From: trkyslr
21-Jan-16
Great start guys! congrats!

From: midwest
21-Jan-16
Please sell me that T5!

Congrats, guys!

From: Beav
21-Jan-16
Midwest, I agree it's the best blind ever built.

From: Will
21-Jan-16
Awesome! I'm jealous (in a good way). We dont open for 3 months here!

From: writer
21-Jan-16

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One of the most satisfying, but poorly photographed, turkey hunts of my life...which is a really, really long time!

19 degree windchill, freezing rain and sleet coming down pretty good with a sizable wind.

Set up in a nook of a wheatfield, near a popular creek crossing, about 150 yards from a roosting area.

I set out a full-strutter with a lousy fan, and put the Dakota jake directly on the ground inches away, like it was getting bullied.

When I heard jake yelps across the stream I answered with a few from a slate, with some aggressive purrs. The sound of about 15 sets of wings came a few seconds later, a few after that they were on their way. There were three longbeards and about a dozen jakes.

The landowner had asked I save longbeards for the spring, when we host some celebrity, and Big Brothers, hunts. So I picked a jake at about 10 yards and made the shot.

20 minutes later I got out of the blind and could have walked up and shot one of the two longbeards that was still humping and pecking the dead bird.

By then it was getting dark and the gick was really coming form the sky. Pics are better than I expected, but poor. Sorry.

From: writer
21-Jan-16

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A poor photo, but it shows that the birds are certainly in a hurry to get to the decoys, despite very winter-like conditions. You can see the two birds on the left are danged fine longbeards. One was probably a four year old, judging by the spurs I saw when he was whipping the dead jake. A two-year-old was with the unseen jakes to the right.

The rest of the turkeys are in a line stretched out to the right.

Some half-strutting at the decoys, and a little wingboxing. All from the dominant longbeard. Still, considering the conditions...not bad.

From: trkyslr
21-Jan-16
Excellent Michael!!! Call and decoy birds in the fall/winter?!?? .... No way can't be done impossible ;-) congrats!

From: Beav
22-Jan-16
We had nearly 50 birds in our decoys with a mix of toms, jakes and hens. I passed on a tom in favor of a nice tender jake.

From: sitO
22-Jan-16
Cool stuff Mike! Gotta admit I thought it was "Tink" in that first pic though ;?)

From: writer
22-Jan-16

From: Beav
22-Jan-16
We used two stuffed hen decoys, one feeder and one standing. Usually use a mounted jake decoy as well just not this time.

From: Drahthaar
22-Jan-16
Good hunting you guys . 3 more months before I can hunt. Forrest

22-Jan-16
Nice....Way to get it started! I like the thread title also, not all caps...

From: AZBUGLER
23-Jan-16
About 3 more months here too. Dang!

From: olebuck
08-Feb-16
March 15 here in MS......

From: CJC
09-Feb-16
Nice job guys. Just a couple more months, but I've had the Athens bow out and I'm ready to go.

09-Feb-16
March 26th....In the 70's here and they're all fired up near the house but El Niño is still lurking, so we'll see....

From: writer
15-Feb-16

From: BDub
24-Feb-16

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Here is an Ocellated that I shot last week in Mexico. A Great Experience.

From: BDub
24-Feb-16

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Check out these Hooks!

From: trkyslr
24-Feb-16
BDub that's awesome, congrats and awesome pics and hooks!!! Man this meatpole is off to an awesome start this year.

From: midwest
24-Feb-16
Fantastic pics, BDub! Congrats!

From: Iowahunter
24-Feb-16
Gorgeous birds

25-Feb-16
Nice birds guys but the last one wow the colors. Sitting in snow here would be nice to be where there is none.

From: Shiras
25-Feb-16
Wow! Nice bird bdub.

From: writer
25-Feb-16

From: Tndeer
25-Feb-16
BDub, what outfitter did you use? Congrats!

From: Mad_Angler
25-Feb-16
Wow. That is a super pretty bird with super scary spurs

From: Beav
25-Feb-16
That thing is awesome!

From: krieger
25-Feb-16
Awesome bird Bdub!

25-Feb-16
Outstanding BDub...

From: Medicinemann
25-Feb-16
BDub,

Correct me if I am wrong, but your oscellated bird didn't have a beard, did it (I have never seen one with a beard)? They sure do have outrageous spurs (as shown in your photo!!) I always think that their "song" is as addictive to listen to as a gobbler's gobbling!! For those that have never heard an oscellated turkey, there are some threads on YouTube that will show you what they sound like.....like a cross between a Ruffed Grouse and a Peacock (to these deaf, old ears).

Did you hunt them as they headed to the crop fields? Are you having your bird mounted, or did the broadhead tear him up too bad? The first photo sure looked like he was in pretty good shape.

From: BDub
26-Feb-16
Thanks Guys! The spurs were pushing 2" but I have to get a better measurement when I get a chance. They do not have beards and yes we hunted them in an agricultural area. I booked the hunt through Neil Summers and Jay Osting at Bowhunting Safari Consultants.It was a fantastic hunt and a wonderful and safe facility. The bird was torn up pretty good from the 2'GrimmReaper but my Taxidermist is used to Big holes!

From: shortbeard
15-Mar-16
It usually doesn't take you long. I know that. Looks like he was tomahawked. Congrats.

From: midwest
15-Mar-16
Cade, You look just like your dad!

16-Mar-16
Sweet. Turkey #437!!! :-)

From: HUNT MAN
16-Mar-16
Number 438 goes down. Congrats . Hunt

From: writer
16-Mar-16
Jakes and two-year-olds.....gotta love the junior high birds.

I don't think I've shot a spring jake in a long time,...but don't put it past me.

Which broadhead? Did you get a pass through?

From: sitO
16-Mar-16
"I know I couldn't have killed without a blind. Too few trees and all of them too small."

Congrats, but many could have.

Could you have done it w/o facepaint? Go Devils!

From: trkyslr
16-Mar-16
Good start! Good bird.

Sito, you are on to something ;-)

From: Ermine
16-Mar-16

From: Ermine
16-Mar-16
I know plenty of guys including myself who have killed turkeys in the open without blinds. I killed them in the open spot and stalking! Heads up decoy works wonders in the wide open as well.

From: writer
16-Mar-16
Ding, ding, ding, ding....let's keep the turkey success meatpole clean and positive.

We don't want to pollute things so much people can't find the success stories and photos.

(That goes for me, too!)

From: Scoot
22-Mar-16

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We had a great time in NorCal with Chris and Joe! Ryan made good on his opportunity on this great bird just 20 minutes after legal shooting time. Great trip, excellent company, wonderful memories with my son and two new friends!

From: trkyslr
22-Mar-16

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Can't leave these out scott :-) heck of a bird Ryan!

From: Scoot
22-Mar-16
"Look at them hooks!" (said in an excited but whispered voice!) ;)

From: Bowfreak
22-Mar-16
Awesome job Ryan!

From: Beav
23-Mar-16
Congrats to Ryan!!

From: Drahthaar
25-Mar-16
Awesome job Ryan, Forrest

From: Scoot
25-Mar-16
I have a sneaky suspicion this thread will have a few pics added to it in the next few days...

25-Mar-16
Is TBM back at it?

DJ

26-Mar-16
Thought this was supposed to be the 'kill' thread?

From: Lefty15
26-Mar-16

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N. California, natural set up opening morning

From: Beav
26-Mar-16

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My son had a great opening day here in Nebraska!

From: Beav
26-Mar-16

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My daughter made a perfect shot on this nice tom.

From: Beav
26-Mar-16
I managed a couple as well.

From: Beav
26-Mar-16

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From: Beav
26-Mar-16

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From: writer
26-Mar-16
Sorry, Beav, your daughter only got one but she's by far the winner. Great pics! Are the still in big bunches up there?

From: Ridge Wraith
26-Mar-16
Wow! 7 opening day bow kills? Impressive.

From: Beav
26-Mar-16
I agree totally writer! They were starting to break up but this winter blast we got seems to have them pretty bunched up again. Seems they all roosted together but would break up into smaller bunches as the day goes on.

From: Scoot
26-Mar-16
Lefty, Beav, and crew-- great work! Congrats!!!

26-Mar-16
^^^

As said above, congrats!

From: trkyslr
26-Mar-16
Lefty excellent!!!! And big congrats!!

Beav congrats and youre doing it right!!! Thank you!

From: trkyslr
26-Mar-16

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California opening day. Bird #1. No blind, 20-22 yard shot. 19# 1-1 1/8" 9"

From: trkyslr
26-Mar-16

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Turkey meat is the best meat! ... White meat that is lol

26-Mar-16

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Chris got his. I got mine few hours later. Great day

From: Dan Mallia
27-Mar-16

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California. 18lb, 8 1/2" beard, 3/4 spurs. Full decap at 7 yards.

From: trkyslr
27-Mar-16
Good work Dan!

From: sitO
27-Mar-16
Joe that's probably the best Turkey pic I've ever seen...but Beav and his clan killed 6 in one day, just said ;?)

Nice birds all!

From: Paul@thefort
27-Mar-16
Man, you guys are killing me as I have to wait until April 6 to head for Nebraska.

Good going to those that have killed a gobbler.

my best, Paul

From: Dan Mallia
27-Mar-16
Strong work Chris and Joe, great pics.

From: GhostBird
27-Mar-16
Congratulations everyone... some nice birds!!!

27-Mar-16
Way to go Dan...

28-Mar-16

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Brent and I doubled for my second bird and his first. Such a fun hunt!!

From: Dyjack
28-Mar-16
Awesome photos, guys. Keep em' coming! My season doesn't opem for another 18 days. This thread is getting me pumped

From: Reflex
28-Mar-16
Awesome pictures everyone! Keep up the good work!

From: brianhood
28-Mar-16
You cali guys must be hunting in holywood...that is the only place with that quality film equipment. Outstanding!

BEAV.......What can I say but HELL YEAH!

From: Mad_Angler
28-Mar-16
Wow. I don't hunt until next Monday. With all these photos, I'm not sure that I will make it that long...

Also, you cali guys sure know how to take a hero picture. The colors, clarity, and scenery are amazing.

From: writer
30-Mar-16
Man, you California guys are getting it done, showing us easterners, (and midwesterners) how to skewer birds absolutely every trip.

Hey Chris, how about doing a thread with audio of some of your great slate calling? Slate's the deadliest call in the woods, in my opinion.

I'm guessing you'll be all tagged out by the end of this weekend.

You and Joe need to hit the road and do your archery grand slam. The way you guys hunt it might only take four days!

From: tflight
30-Mar-16
and my season doesn't start until may 2nd. Great job everyone.

From: trkyslr
30-Mar-16
Writer, thanks. I may try that audio thing for Joe and I thread and leave this for all the white meat ;-) good luck everyone! A lot of seasons opening up so can't wait to see everyone else's pics and info.

From: Beav
30-Mar-16

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Took a buddy of mine out and we located a flock of 5 toms with about 20 hens. With some aggressive calling we finally pulled one away and he made a perfect shot. I kept after it and about 25 minutes later I pulled the other four toms away and they came in and jumped on his dead bird. He filled all three of his tags and I filled my last remaining permit. What a hunt this was!

From: Beav
30-Mar-16

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From: trkyslr
30-Mar-16
Excellent beav! Wish sometimes we could fill our tags in one day.. But then again that's a hunt/day in the woods not happening unless I'm takin someone else. Nice work!

From: otcWill
30-Mar-16
DANG, Beav!! You're a turkey killing machine. Congrats to all

From: Beav
30-Mar-16
I hear you trkyslr. I will be taking plenty more people out including some kids. Last year there were 19 birds shot out of my blind so plenty more action ahead even though my tags are filled.

From: GhostBird
30-Mar-16
Congratulations... some nice birds.

31-Mar-16
Nice bird Ryan that was worth the trip eh, and nice birds everyone else they are tasty arent they.

From: Lefty15
02-Apr-16

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Lots of nice birds on here. Congrats to all! Here is #2 in N. California.

From: trkyslr
02-Apr-16
Congrats lefty! Pretty bird.. We're back at it tmrw.

From: Lefty15
02-Apr-16
Go get em! Can't wait to see what you boys do tomorrow, good luck!

From: Beav
03-Apr-16

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My daughter with her second bird. 23 1/2 lb, 10" beard and 1 1/4" spurs.

From: Beav
03-Apr-16

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Another pic of Maddie 's bird along with my buddy Lanny who she doubled up with.

From: writer
03-Apr-16
Beav, by the looks of your kids, you must have one very attractive wife. She must be pretty patient, too.

Great stuff up there. Keep 'em dying.

From: Beav
04-Apr-16
writer, I trained her to be patient.

From: midwest
04-Apr-16
Outstanding, Beav!

From: loopmtz
04-Apr-16

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Nebraska-First bird with a bow. Down goes Frazier! Thanks Ron...

From: Ironbow
04-Apr-16
Beav,

Great looking kids, love the pics with your daughter and her birds (I have 4 daughters, partial to those kind of pics).

Thanks for sharing.

From: trkyslr
05-Apr-16

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Nor Cal #2.... Natural setup 16 yard shot, 8 yard recovery. Crazy cool hunt!

From: sheds
05-Apr-16
10 yard shot Nebraska turkey

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05-Apr-16

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05-Apr-16

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From: RedOctober
05-Apr-16
Sweet!

From: Cazador
06-Apr-16

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KS

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06-Apr-16

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KS

From: writer
06-Apr-16
Nice birds. Kansas deer, Kansas turkeys, Kansas deer, Kansas turkeys...I'm beginning to know how Colorado resident elk hunters feel!

From: Dan Mallia
07-Apr-16
Strong work all.

From: stick33
07-Apr-16

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4/1 Nebraska

From: Wideone
07-Apr-16

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Son's first turkey. Did it with a bow. I shot a jake so we could double up.

From: Wideone
07-Apr-16
Uh can somebody rotate that for me? Computer illiterate.

From: DEC
08-Apr-16

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I doubled with the bow on opening day in Kansas. First shot was 5 yards, the second bird a couple hours later was at 4 yards. Took both heads clean off with the same Magnus Bullhead.

From: shortbeard
08-Apr-16

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4-8-16 6:45AM Nebraska Day 1 #1

From: Ziek
09-Apr-16

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Colorado opened this morning. Done at 6:45 AM. 21.2#, 8 14/16" beard. Merriam's. One OTC down, one limited access to go.

From: trkyslr
09-Apr-16

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Nor Cal bird #3 tagged out, 4/8/16, no blind, 13 yard shot, 7 yard flop to his grave. This has been a great all around season so far. Can't wait to play turkey sherpa now.

From: trkyslr
09-Apr-16

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Trust me I was mostly all smiles on the hike out ;-) hehe... good luck to everyone else. Some great pics piling up on here.

From: writer
09-Apr-16
Once again the Cali dudes set the pace for getting turkeys killed.

Great job, Chris. That was a fast season.

From: CJE
09-Apr-16

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First morning out. 8.5" beard, 1" Spurs. Javaman elkheart longbow, alluminum arrow with zwickey delta broadhead.

From: t-roy
10-Apr-16
Congrats on all the birds so far!

Still waiting for the season to open up here.

From: Greg Kush
10-Apr-16
Okay, TBM, I'll bite (even though I hate when guys leave hints like "bonus bird" instead of just telling us what happened from the get-go because they want dumbasses like me right now to ask). How did you get the fourth bird in Nebraska? Did you hit one with your vehicle or something?

From: Brotsky
10-Apr-16

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I got on the board with this beautiful SD gobbler this morning. My biggest, double beard, estimated and unverified 1.5" spurs. Lol

From: midwest
10-Apr-16
Wow, Brotsky....great bird, congrats! Would love to see a pic of those hooks.

From: writer
10-Apr-16
OK, you say double beard, 1.5" spurs...and you show neither!?

Ding, ding, ding....we have a foul called on Brotsky.

Pretty- whatever

Heavy - whatever

Double-beard - nice

1.5" spurs --- you gotta show those, brother.

AND the photo needs to be of such a bird handing from a tree limb by those spurs.

Limb-hanger bird trumps 57# bird, with 21 beards totalling 354" in my book. :-)

From: Ziek
10-Apr-16
"Limb-hanger bird trumps 57# bird,..."

Well, you never have to hunt Merriam's then.

From: writer
10-Apr-16
One of my first Merriam's, shot by Bear Butte, in about '86? weighed 16#, 7 1/4" beard, and matching 1 5/8" per side that hooked wickedly.

From: Brotsky
10-Apr-16

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I've only ever kept a few spurs for my boy who wanted to make a necklace. I can't say it even occurred to me to take a picture. I'll be the first to admit I'm estimating length as I didn't get out a tape but they were long enough to make a guy who has shot a pile of turkeys take note. You guys got me, maybe they were 1 1/4" or 3/8". Ha! I do have a pic that shows the double beard here on my phone. The frontal shot really matted the beard with blood unfortunately and the gaping hole was purposefully hidden in the pic I posted writer as I wanted a tasteful trophy photo. I'm not digging the feet back out of the trash bag so you guys can take my word for it or not on the spurs. Digging through turkey remains To get a pic for you guys is less important to me than watching the Masters! Ha! I'll be sure to add "estimated length" to my original post for clarity as to the veracity of my claims. Good luck all!

From: writer
11-Apr-16
Easy....not doubting, I'm just a "spur guy," as a lot of longtime hunters, who've chased turkeys from coast to coast.

Beard length does little for me because we've had 2-year-old easterns with 11" beards.

Hope you enjoyed the Masters...but when did TBM get his own tv show? :-)

From: Brotsky
11-Apr-16
No worries writer, I know you guys just wanted to see them but I'm all for full disclosure! Ha! Now that I know guys like to see big hooks I'll take the extra 30 seconds to take a shot or two of any I think are longer than the norm if I am so lucky again. I'm really not big on numbers for turkeys, I just like shooting them!

From: Brotsky
11-Apr-16
"If brosky keeps talking it will be a 2 year old soon."

It was obviously a jake. I hope that allows you to clear your pants the next time you take a leak.

From: Scoot
11-Apr-16
"I hope that allows you to clear your pants the next time you take a leak."

Bwahahahahahahahaha! TBM with short d!*& syndrome-- no way! Gotta knock on everyone to make himself feel better/bigger...

Great work, Brotsky! One question-- wasn't that Kia's bird??? LOL Couldn't you get Short-round out in the blind with you this weekend?

From: Brotsky
11-Apr-16

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Scott, that is a story still in the works. She hunted with me on Saturday and sent two arrows down range. I called in 3 toms for her and she unfortunately hit one low and then missed on the follow-up. It ended up only being a flesh wound and the turkey will live another day. It was supposed to be cold, windy, and a little rainy here yesterday morning so she decided to stay in bed. Of course I call two in right away off the roost when she's at home. She was definitely mad at herself for not going! She's got a couple chances coming up in the next couple of weeks so hopefully she can get one yet. Here's a crappy phone pic I took out of the blind as she was preparing to shoot. The close bird is a jake and ended up being the one she shot at. She didn't care which one she got and neither did I! Her mother had her bow up and ready as well hoping to get a crack at a girl double but things didn't quite work out!

From: Scoot
11-Apr-16
Damn! I'm cheering for her, Justin! Go get 'em Kia! I'm hoping to see her smiling face in this meat pole thread!!!

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
Nebraska Public Land - Spot and stalk - 35yd shot

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From: TEXASWOODS5
11-Apr-16

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Shot my first archery bird this morning it was amazing. I had 5 gobblers come in with 2 hens. As I was waiting for one of the bigger ones to step out this guy broken off and started sneaking around behind. I was able to spin and get set up when he went behind a bush. The setup was with no blind and no camouflage. The shot was maybe 5 yards.

11-Apr-16

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Opening Saturday, March 26, in eastern Nebraska. Eastern Tom.

11-Apr-16

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April 5 - second bird of 2016. Merriman. Shot in NW Nebraska. New jake decoy now credited with two kills.

From: trkyslr
11-Apr-16

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SDHNTR NOR CAL BIRD #1. 16 yard shot. 1 yard recovery. No blind. 22# 10" beard, 1" Spurs.

From: trkyslr
11-Apr-16

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SDHNTR nor cal bird #2. No blind call in, 15 yard shot, 0 yard recovery, 17# spurless, 10 9/16" beard.

From: writer
11-Apr-16
Chris, interesting colors on his first bird, and huge fans for Rios. Are they hybrids with anything?

The first bird could easily pass for a classic Rio/eastern hybrid from most of Kansas or Oklahoma.

From: trkyslr
11-Apr-16
No they're rios per the Nwtf and species maps... Most birds in the area look more like nates second bird. But The first bird was killed in an area that doesn't get a lot of direct constant sun. It's a big thick jungle type area that has a large canopy of madrone and oak trees on a huge northern facing ridge. My theory or guess is the birds there live in a richer soiled nutrients area with less direct sun light so they're feathers don't get aged by the sun as much as birds down in the lower areas. We've killed a lot of birds in this area and they are all very colorful. Or maybe it has something to do with the iridescent feathers absorbing the darker colorful habitat. Maybe someone else has a better idea. Just a thought

Also there aren't any eastern state for 1000's of miles and closest marriams are about 4000-6000 feet higher in elevation and 60-100 miles away from where this bird was killed. Maybe we need to DNA these turkeys like our deer :-)'

From: Marty
11-Apr-16

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My oldest came home for the weekend from college, even tho he has killed several turkeys spot and stalk or out of a tree stand, this was his 1st long beard called in and killed out of a blind! Weighed 22.24 pounds had 7/8 inch spurs, 9 1/2 inch main beard and 5 more beards between 4 1/2 down to 3 6/8 for a total of 6 beards! I called him in for Nick and told him he could shoot cause I've killed lots of long beards... Of course none like that!!

From: SDHNTR(home)
12-Apr-16
CS there are Easterns on the N coast. They were introduced. See pg 4 here. https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=23229

From: trkyslr
12-Apr-16
Ok so 100's a little exaggeration lol... Anyways rios as per the "books" ;-) either way two great birds!

From: Marty
12-Apr-16

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Gonna make a fan and beard display for him. Here's a picture of the beards off the bird.

From: zummy
12-Apr-16

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Killed this one last friday. 9 3/4" Beard 1" spurs 16 yard shot with a Magnus black hornet and he dropped in his tracks. Third turkey in the last 2 years taken off my little piece of heaven.

From: writer
12-Apr-16
Wasn't expecting eastern in the bloodline, just saying looked like what we know are hybrids.

There's always some fan and saddle differences, and I assume it's largely genetic.

I've seen pure Rios, Merriam's and Easterns, according to what some would say, in the same flock and probably from the same brood.

It's the habitat that makes the hunting different, and hunting pressure, not genetics.

NWTF will basically let you call a bird whatever you want...they want the registration money going for Grand Slams.

Wish I'd have done Goulds...maybe someday. Other than that, they're turkeys.

We'll start #2 meatpole for the year when this one reaches 200.

14-Apr-16

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SE MN 24.8# 20 yards, taken with my new Hoyt Carbon Defiant lh 34. Had the bow for seven days shoots nice!!

From: trkyslr
14-Apr-16
Congrats nogutsnostorys! Natural no blind kill? Info

14-Apr-16
The rest of the story,after fly down the 4 Tom's and a dozen hens went up to a top field, I was in the bottom field so I moved my position wich was a major hike! When I got to the top field I snuck up to a conservation dyke and spotted a tail fan. I stuck the decoy in the ground backed out and went back to the woodline,grabbed my blind and popped it up got inside it and walked within 20 yards of my decoy. I started calling with loud yelps on my slate and got a gobble immediately. This went on for about 20 minutes then two Tom's must have seen the decoy and came strutting in and that is the rest of the story!!

From: wkochevar
14-Apr-16
Colorado bird, 2 year old. It was 80 degrees at 4pm when he walked in. I think we both had heat stroke!! The blind was a sweat shack and I was packing up getting ready to call it for the day when he showed up.

14-Apr-16

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I took this picture with my cannon camera on the self timer.

From: wkochevar
14-Apr-16

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Here he is...

From: trkyslr
14-Apr-16
Nice and congrats guys!

From: Hawkeye
14-Apr-16

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Nebraska #1 and #2

From: Hawkeye
14-Apr-16

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Nebraksa #3 Great pics guys. Keep it up. Hopefully get out in Iowa in next couple weeks.

From: trkyslr
14-Apr-16
Congrats Eyad! I was anticipating your pics soon.

From: Butcher
15-Apr-16

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From: midwest
15-Apr-16
Congrats Eyad!

From: Franzen
15-Apr-16

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Illinois 2 year old.

From: Ziek
15-Apr-16
"...2 year old."

You guys get a birth certificate, or count growth rings, or something. To me it's either a jake or a gobbler. Teach me something. How do you age a turkey besides a WAG?

From: trkyslr
15-Apr-16
Ziek, Google "how to age a wild turkey?" And you'll get a ton of places to read, some accurate some not but all somewhat close.. IMO mainly spur length biggest age trait then weight, beard length, beard color changes, weight, plumage/feather characteristics etc. next kinda in that order.

From: wkochevar
16-Apr-16
Ziek, it's not an exact science but I use spur size as an indication of age

16-Apr-16

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Idaho opener was yesterday. Good morning out by myself. Nice Merriam 1 1/4" hooks, 9-10" beard. lots of birds!!!

From: Ziek
16-Apr-16
I did Google it, and what I found was so variable as to be meaningless.

Beard length - "Forget about beard length. Beards--short, long, thick, thin, single and multiple – are fun to look at and brag about, but they reveal nothing about a bird’s age. Huge, old gobblers sometimes sport dinky beards, and a 2-year-old can have a 12-inched."

Spur length - Some sites give an age range for different length spurs, but others? - "In many cases, the turkeys home range determines just how long it spurs will get. Down here in sunny Florida, Osceola's usually have the longest spurs of the five American sub-species. Due mostly to their environment, as they usually live in areas with sandy soil and soft dirt or in soggy swampy areas. As you might imagine, they do not wear off their spurs. On the other hand, the western subspecies, like the Merriam's, often live in hard,very rocky, or mountainous areas which means that in many cases, even the older birds will have worn their spurs to less than 1 inch long!"

While spur length might be an indication of age, in my experience it's more just a WAG. Habitat, species, nutrition all play a part. For instance I've killed several big Merriam's in different places and seen many others. None of them had even a pointed spur. They were all less than an inch and rounded off. I think that is more common for a pure Merriam's, so spur length is meaningless.

One study tried to age them by the length of the middle toe. Wing feathers can also determine age. But all of these methods basically determine whether they are adults or juveniles. Claiming a bird is 2 years old or 3 years old, is really just a guess.

Also, I suspect that many "Merriam's" claimed are more likely hybrids despite the range maps published by NWTF and some game departments. While coloration does vary some, Bullhound's bird shown above sure doesn't look like a Merriam's, and since turkeys are not native to Idaho and they have introduced Merriam's, rios, easterns, and hybrids, it's likely a hybrid. Nebraska is another place where you likely won't find pure Merriam's. They have or have introduced Merriam's, rios, easterns, and bronze turkeys. With no natural barriers to dispersal, most birds there are hybrids according to the biologist I talked to. The best you can hope for is one displaying characteristics of one or another.

From: writer
16-Apr-16
Ditto Slayer...and I think Osceola's just naturally have longer spurs, swamps has nothing to do with it. Farm country Rios compete well with rock country rios.

Osceolas have a different hue, anyway, primary feathers and look more lanky.

There's always been some coloration difference in tail and saddle coloration, look at old photos, as in 100 or more years ago. First Merriams I shot deep in the Black Hills, 80-plus years ago, had the same coloration of a Kansas Rio. Had a Missouri eastern in '82 with beige saddle and fan tips, like a Rio.

Had nubby spurs, thin beard and a gobble that sounded like he was choking.

Next year was a bird with gorgeous coloration and 1 5/8" hooks you could stick in a dart board and hang the 16.something # beast.

Who knows, we've had domestic birds breed into flocks in many places.

Originally, there was just one kind of wild turkey, anyway.

And my opinion will get you zero-off the dollar menu at McDonalds.

From: Ziek
16-Apr-16
Historic natural range of Merriam's is Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Other places they are found, they have been introduced, in most cases with other species introduced at some time.

From my research - "Today, New Mexico along with Arizona and southern Colorado are considered native Merriam’s Turkey range however, the bird has been introduced into non native states including: Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, California, Oregon and Washington. It is believed that many of these non native locations are producing a mix strain of non pure Merriam’s turkey."

"Averaging 20 lbs, the harsh conditions of its native mountain habitats effect beards and spurs by wearing them down. Beards average 9 inches and spurs about an inch."

17-Apr-16

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Yep. I'm done in Cali. Was headed to a spot to setup an 3 lb were already there. Went sneaky Indian. 41 yard poke :-)

From: Dan Mallia
17-Apr-16

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From: Chad429
17-Apr-16

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Love early spring in the timber! MN gobbler 2016

From: Beav
17-Apr-16

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One of my favorite hunts of the year. Called in three big toms and my dad who is three months from his 80th birthday arrowed one of them. He can still hike through the steepest canyons and go about anywhere he wants.

From: Coach
17-Apr-16

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I had a hen at 5 yds. and 3 longbeards at 25 yds.. The longbeards were strutting and drumming when 2 of them closed the distance to approximately 10 yds.. I center punched the closest one with a 3 blade Grim Reaper. It was the 1st time hunting over my new DSD dekes. Well worth the money in my book!

From: trkyslr
17-Apr-16
Congrats everyone!

From: midwest
17-Apr-16
Love it, Beav! Congrats to your dad...that's just great.

From: Hawkeye
18-Apr-16
That's incredible Beav! What a stud!!!

From: Jasper
19-Apr-16

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Georgia bird, 20 lbs, 10" and 7" beards, 1 1/8" spurs. Thank you Lord!

From: Hawkeye
19-Apr-16

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Been trying for 25 years to take an "Eastern Double" here in Iowa. Was finally blessed and lucky enough to pull it off.

From: stick33
19-Apr-16

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Had an awesome hunt w/ just the DSD hen yesterday. Normally regret not hauling the jake out, but not this time. 8 jakes tormented the decoy before riling up 2 hens and this 26 lb'er. My heaviest yet. Bear T/d with Magnus Buzzcuts took him at 7yds. 4/18 MN

From: trkyslr
19-Apr-16
Stick and hawkeye congrats! I've always wanted to lay down a double but with Cali's daily limit I can't. I need to make a trip outta state it's been a while.

From: INbowdude
19-Apr-16
Eyad, you are a turkey killing machine this season. Congrats!

From: Ziek
19-Apr-16

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A double around here would often be extremely easy if we could shoot more than one. Personally, I wouldn't want to shorten my hunt that much. Almost as often as not, this is what happens when you drop a bird quickly with an arrow. That's my dead gobbler at the bottom of that pile just 9 yards from the blind at 6:45 opening morning. I had trouble chasing them away, even after telling them it was time to leave. ;-)

From: Hawkeye
19-Apr-16
"A double around here would often bee extremely easy if we could shoot more than one. Personally, I wouldn't want to shorten my hunt that much."

Your always a positive and constructive voice here.

LOL ;)

With two kids and full time work-Ill take the opportunities as they come and my health allows.

By the way-Congrats on your bird Ziek :)

Congrats to all you other guys too and incredible accomplishment to all you stick guys. Shot one the other day and wow-hats off to you.

From: Ziek
19-Apr-16
By the way, congrats everyone. Hawkeye, those are a couple of good looking birds!

From: GhostBird
19-Apr-16
Congratulations everyone... nice looking birds!

From: Hawkeye
19-Apr-16
Thanks Ziek:) Good luck with the second and post pics. Nothing prettier than those Merriams!

From: Bowfreak
19-Apr-16

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Awesome birds everyone. Sorry but Beav stole the show. The photos of his kid was one thing but the picture of pops is the best!

Have had a tough year so far. Haven't even laid eyes on a gobbler until I spotted this guy and his buddies at 400+ yards.

30 minutes later they were putting a gangsta beat down on my Jake. Shot was 4 yards.

From: Hawkeye
19-Apr-16
Awesome stuff Mark! Congrats buddy:)

From: trkyslr
19-Apr-16
Bowfreak, congrats! Great bird.... Great pic.

20-Apr-16

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Montana Gobbler. Two came in, one left.

From: snapcrackpop
21-Apr-16

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MN opener!

From: midwest
21-Apr-16
Congrats again, Mark!

From: Ziek
21-Apr-16

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Last night, five jakes came into the decoys and Cindy decided to take one home. The photo is not what I normally like to take, but this bird needed to be run down after the shot, and when the fracas ended, ALL the tail feathers were gone. Kinda looked like a huge guinea fowl.

From: Hawkeye
21-Apr-16
Congrats Cindy!!! Those birds can be tough to bring down. Well done:)

From: Beav
21-Apr-16
Great job Cindy! Congrats to everyone, looks like a great year.

From: Bowfreak
21-Apr-16
Congrats Cindy!

From: Martin Man
22-Apr-16

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Finally broke my 9 year curse!

22-Apr-16
Congrats ALL, and way to hang in there Martin Man....I am in my second year trying with a bow. Have killed 2 before with the bow like 7 years ago and trying again but seems much harder than before....LOL

From: Rock
22-Apr-16

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My 1st Nebraska Turkey for 2016

From: Rock
22-Apr-16

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My 1st Colorado Turkey for 2016

23-Apr-16

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Eastern SD Tom, 13 yards, self filmed

From: writer
23-Apr-16
Great stuff, guys, but it's time to start a new one...things are just getting rolling for a lot of hunters in the northern U.S.!

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