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2018 California spring season PIC HEAVY
Turkey
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Bowboy 10-Jun-18
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HUNT MAN 10-Jun-18
Medicinemann 10-Jun-18
ryanrc 10-Jun-18
drycreek 10-Jun-18
Willieboat 10-Jun-18
Ron Niziolek 10-Jun-18
'Ike' 10-Jun-18
elkmtngear 10-Jun-18
trkyslr 10-Jun-18
osage 10-Jun-18
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Ridge Wraith 11-Jun-18
joehunter8301 11-Jun-18
GhostBird 11-Jun-18
Brotsky 11-Jun-18
Beav 11-Jun-18
Scoot 11-Jun-18
BOWUNTR 11-Jun-18
kota-man 11-Jun-18
otcWill 11-Jun-18
Mark Watkins 11-Jun-18
Charlie Rehor 11-Jun-18
surfrat 11-Jun-18
Nick Muche 11-Jun-18
TravisScott 11-Jun-18
t-roy 11-Jun-18
bud 11-Jun-18
Steve Leffler 11-Jun-18
trkyslr 12-Jun-18
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weekender21 13-Jun-18
bowhunter24 13-Jun-18
Outdoordan 13-Jun-18
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From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Here is Joe and I 2018 spring season here in Cali where we tagged out, helped friends and family out with their birds, and got three young kids on birds, which was two of threes first harvested turkeys! Turkey hunting for us is an obsession like all seasons and species but it definitely brings us together with special people that creates life long memories. I’ll post up plenty of pics with a little info on each hunt. Anything left out will be told by the pics. This will be a picture heavy thread so may take a while to finish ;-) .... and there will be plenty of this!

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Our first hunt was with friends and junior Clara and her Dad. Clara and my daughter are friends as well so a blind full of seven year old girls was entertaining to say the least. Clara smoked her first bird, called in the whole flock off the roost, 20 yard shot, O yard recovery. Great memories!

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Time to load up and find joe one.
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Time to load up and find joe one.
Next I was up to bat on opening morning calling in 4 toms off he roost, decoy assault, 14 yard shot (before the attack came), zero yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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The smile says it all!
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The smile says it all!
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Opening day mission accomplished.
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Opening day mission accomplished.
A few hours later joe was on the board with his first of the season. He shot it off the jake decoy as it was mounted on it. Called in from a ways mid day. 14-15 yard shot. Deek attack and mount. 2 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Me at full draw
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Me at full draw
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Joe at full draw
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Joe at full draw
Here’s some action shots from the last two hunts.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18
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Pretty cool, and no blinds. Wow! Congrats.

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10-Jun-18

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10-Jun-18

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Arrow impact
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Arrow impact
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Next hunt we got our buddy mark his first bird. Lotta birds came into the deeks and all left except one. Blind kill. 15 yard shot. 20 yard recovery. All smiles!

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Decoys at work!!

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10-Jun-18

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The whole gang.. blind kill. 20 yard shot, 10 yard recovery. Mid day call in
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The whole gang.. blind kill. 20 yard shot, 10 yard recovery. Mid day call in
Next hunt was friend and junior Jasmine who got on the board with Gia present. Getting the kids out is what it’s all about.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Nor Cal in the early spring is a special place and seems to bloom well ahead of the rest of the country.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Big bird
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Big bird
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We love turkey hunting!
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We love turkey hunting!
Next hunt was Mark again not wasting any time with bird number 2. Deek attack and mount, 12 yard shot, blind kill, 0 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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He was pumped!
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He was pumped!
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Jellyhead
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Jellyhead
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The gang!
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The gang!
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Matt and $$$ mendes!
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Matt and $$$ mendes!
Next we along with our buddy chad we donated a hunt to raise money for the California Deer Association. The hunter would be another junior Matt, which resulted in his first turkey harvest. Called in off the roost, deek attack, 20 yard shot, blind used. down goes Fraiser!

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Hook city!
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Hook city!
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Indian, his bow, and his harvest.
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Indian, his bow, and his harvest.
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One of my favorite pics from this season.
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One of my favorite pics from this season.
Next joe tagged bird number 2, no blind, deek interaction but no attack, 20 yard shot, 0 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Just before the shot
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Just before the shot
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Spring colors ..... red white and blue!
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Spring colors ..... red white and blue!
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Awesome colors!
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Awesome colors!
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#2 down
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#2 down
We then kept at it mid day and I arrowed my second bird. Mid day call in, used a fence as a funnel, bird walked by deeks, 18 yard shot no blind, 0 yard recovery.

From: osage
10-Jun-18
What part of the state do you hunt? Coast range?

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Going to full draw
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Going to full draw
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Done!
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Done!
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Gia with my bird
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Gia with my bird
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Team effort on recovery.
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Team effort on recovery.
Next day I was getting anxious to tag out so I sent it and tagged out! Weather was hot so birds were acting lazy. Mid day call in, 38 yard shot, long recovery after waiting since he got out of view after the shot. Had Gia with me on the recovery. #111 for me.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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HOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKSSS!!!!
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HOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKSSS!!!!
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Aaron and Taylen ... turkey killing machines!
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Aaron and Taylen ... turkey killing machines!
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I love turkey hunting! Great memories!
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I love turkey hunting! Great memories!
Next we took my buddy Aaron and his son Taylen.. Taylen ended up killing the biggest bird of the season we witnessed.. mid day call in, 14 yard shot.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Uncle Jim is who got me hooked on turkey hunting at a young age. Thank you!
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Uncle Jim is who got me hooked on turkey hunting at a young age. Thank you!
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Pretty bird
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Pretty bird
Next got to give back and take my uncle Jim and aunt Tanya out.. he is entertaining and brutal on turkeys. Mid day call in then sneak for the shot. 20 yard shot.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Good spurs
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Good spurs
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Uncle Jim’s second bird that lived two lives and had history with ducking an arrow... uncle Jim put an end to that.. sneak call in. 20 yard shot. Early morning.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Next we got our buddy Layn on his first archery bird with no blind, mid day call in, deek interaction, 16 yard shot, 15 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Here’s some live turkey pics from the hunts.... joe takes some amazing live shots!

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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#3 in the Cali heat!
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#3 in the Cali heat!
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Joe doesn’t stay thirsty too long ;-)
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Joe doesn’t stay thirsty too long ;-)
Next joe tagged out with his third bird.. he called them in then went Indian when the birds tried to slip away.. 25 yard shot spot stick, 8 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Next we took our buddy Steve who had a great hunt, called in from roost 200 yards away, blind used, 16 yard shot, deek interaction, 4 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Giant bird!
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Giant bird!
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Fence hanger
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Fence hanger
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Great morning!
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Great morning!
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Might start counting totals....
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Might start counting totals....
Next we took our buddy Steve who had a great hunt, called in from roost 200 yards away, blind used, 16 yard shot, deek interaction, 4 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Happy bowhunter
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Happy bowhunter
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I like this pic
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I like this pic
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Big ol rope
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Big ol rope
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Great times with the homies!
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Great times with the homies!
Next we took our buddy Brent (passthru) who smoked a giant bird after covering some miles to locate one. Early morning call in, deek interaction, no blind, 15 yard shot, 40 yard recovery.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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DSD DECOYS AT Work!
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DSD DECOYS AT Work!
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Taking pics of guys taking pics ha!
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Taking pics of guys taking pics ha!
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#teamunfkwthble
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#teamunfkwthble
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Good ol tripod-stick ... walking out heavy
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Good ol tripod-stick ... walking out heavy
Next Mark was ready to tag out and did on his first no blind archery kill.. called in mid day .. hot af... birds came in silent, 16 yard shot, Long rodeo chase recovery but we gottm.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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Chad recovering his bloody arrow
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Chad recovering his bloody arrow
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Be still be deadly
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Be still be deadly
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The gang
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The gang
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Doing what we do .... taking a break to talk game plans on setups and $$$ soon scrap in the cage.
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Doing what we do .... taking a break to talk game plans on setups and $$$ soon scrap in the cage.
Next we took chad out and he arrowed a bird that didn’t make it far. Mid day call in. 14 yard shot no blind, 10 yard recovery. Good times homies!

From: Bowboy
10-Jun-18
Very nice birds and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18

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19 down!
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19 down!
So to end it we spent many days in the field and made many memories. We ended up harvesting/witnessing 19 birds in our group going down this season and had a helluva great time doin so. As mentioned before in another thread we get a lot of questions about our photography so I tried to include a bunch of diff types of pics in this thread from the typical “hero” pose shot to natural shots in the field to live pics and so on... we love turkey hunting and what it includes as far as the weather, the views, the birds, and most important the times spent with friends and family making memories. Hope you all enjoyed this and now onto summer and fall big game hunts!

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18
Osage, east of the pacific, south of Oregon, west of Nevada and north of Bakersfield :-)

From: HUNT MAN
10-Jun-18
Strong work as always. Thanks for sharing.

From: Medicinemann
10-Jun-18
Any video footage this year?

From: ryanrc
10-Jun-18
You take fantastic pics!

From: drycreek
10-Jun-18
This is a great thread, and one I've been looking for each time I log on ! Fantastic pics of a fantastic season. Damn, you guys are killers ! My hat is off to y'all for the way you introduce the kids and others to our passion.

PS: I love the license plate !

From: Willieboat
10-Jun-18
Really nice pics...great job on the birds and getting the kids involved !

From: Ron Niziolek
10-Jun-18
Great job. Love all the pics, but the ones with the kids get a huge thumbs up.

From: 'Ike'
10-Jun-18
Tom's don't stand a chance....Great job!

From: elkmtngear
10-Jun-18
Great Season as always, Chris. Nice job with the photos, and the Kids!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18
Thanks guys! Jake yes lots and eventually I’ll get it on YouTube to post a link.. I do have it all on my IG.

Jeff and Ryan don’t forget joe on that.. we’re a team whennit comes to this stuff with a drive we can both feed on... he’s just working so I had the task of posting the thread ;-)

From: osage
10-Jun-18
Oh, OK. By the pics I thought it was somewhere around Barstow.

From: trkyslr
10-Jun-18
Osage, lmao maybe only on it’s wettest year ever. :-)

From: Ridge Wraith
11-Jun-18
Awesome season guys. The pictures and stories never disappoint.

11-Jun-18
Hi guys :-) fun season. Many great memories as chris said it’s one of our favorites cuz of the time spent with close friends and family that make it so great. And helping others. On to 4 legged critters got a heavy fall loaded up :-)

From: GhostBird
11-Jun-18
Good work men... always a pleasure to see your passion. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Brotsky
11-Jun-18
Nice work as always guys! Congrats on a great spring! Man that California countryside sure is pretty in the springtime! :) Looking forward to fall, going to be a busy one!

From: Beav
11-Jun-18
You guys are awesome! Love the pics!

From: Scoot
11-Jun-18
WTG guys! I miss that country a bunch! I was sure surprised at the beauty and awesomeness of that area when we were out there! You fellas had yet another year for the ages. Congrats!

From: BOWUNTR
11-Jun-18
Way above average... congrats. Ed F

From: kota-man
11-Jun-18
Another great spring in the books guys. Congrats...

From: otcWill
11-Jun-18
Badass boys! Thanks Chris for sending me all the pics and updates this spring. Helluva season

From: Mark Watkins
11-Jun-18
Congrats Chris and Joe!!!

How guys are lethal!!!

Always look forward to your thread!!!

Mark

11-Jun-18
Way cool! Great job. C

From: surfrat
11-Jun-18
awesome photos!

From: Nick Muche
11-Jun-18
Very nice you two!

From: TravisScott
11-Jun-18
Great stuff guys!

From: t-roy
11-Jun-18
If you guys aren’t careful, they’re gonna lower the bag limits in your area!

Congrats on another great Spring season and great pics, as usual!

From: bud
11-Jun-18
Nice! I don't think the kids could get any sweeter....maybe next time I see a license plate from California in WY I wont say ughh! hahaha Good job trkyslr!

11-Jun-18
Everything about this thread is fantastic. The hunts, pics, kids, new hunters, stories, scenery. Really great job.

From: trkyslr
12-Jun-18

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These guys got a pass this day of the hunt as the hunter sits in the shadows.
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These guys got a pass this day of the hunt as the hunter sits in the shadows.
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Dunno who that is or where that pic came from :-/
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Dunno who that is or where that pic came from :-/
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Try this again... fence hanging pic
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Try this again... fence hanging pic
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One more of the girls after Clara bagged her bird.
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One more of the girls after Clara bagged her bird.
Thanks everyone! Here’s a few more pics I found from the hunts that tell a story and have a diff pose or look.

From: trkyslr
12-Jun-18

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The walk out
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The walk out
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Another happy walk out...
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Another happy walk out...
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Tools of the trade..
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Tools of the trade..
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Turkey country
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Turkey country
A few more....

From: weekender21
13-Jun-18
WOW, what a season! That's an incredible amount of successful hunts, what an awesome year. It's great to see all that hunter recruitment!!!

It's been a few years for me but I did sneak in a few hunts on our new property in the Appalachians (western NC). I didn't hear a single gobble in 5 days but a Tom did finally come out to say hello and goodby on my last day. I was busy hammering t-posts in the ground to protect my apple tree investment but it was really cool knowing he was using my property.

From: bowhunter24
13-Jun-18
Great pics, great season and I have to agree I love turkey hunting too! Had some fried turkey this weekend. Thanks again!

From: Outdoordan
13-Jun-18
Aptly named Chris, you and your friends are definitely turkey slayers! Awesome!

From: sticksender
13-Jun-18
Good times....great thread!

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