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Date(s): 2001-2004. Album by Magdump. Photos by Me and friends. 1 - 16 of 128 Total. 1424 Visits.
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Virginia Gobbler taken very very early on Sunday, April 15, 2017.  By dumb luck, I had set up almost directly under his roost tree that morning and at flydown time, he fluttered down to the ground and strutted in to fight with my jake decoy.  One shot at 29 paces with Contender .410 21" barrel.  Federal .410 TSS 3" #9 was the load.  My biggest/oldest bird yet!

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Mule Deer from my Wyoming 2017 trip.

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Goat from my Wyoming 2017 trip.

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Merriam's Gobbler from my Wyoming 2017 trip.

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April 30, 2017:  Now I have Ohio checked off the list of states hunted!  Got 2 gobblers on this amazing trip.  This one, the first one had TWO ten+ inch beards (10 1/2" and 10 1/4") and SIX spurs total!  He had tiny additional spurs above and below his main spurs.  

22.6 pounds.   He scored 93.5 inches or points or whatever it is in the trophy scoring system.


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A close-up of his two beards.

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Another view of the double bearded bird.  This was a field bird.

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May 1, 2017:  This was my second gobbler taken on Monday morning, the day I had to drive home.  The hunt was deep in the woods on top of a ridge and he gobbled on roost about 150 yards away and shortly after daylight we were able to get him 20 yards away in the decoys.  He was a great 3 year old bird.  His 8 inch beard would have been longer but took a beating from the shotgun pellets which cut off quite a bit of length.

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Another view of the second bird of the trip.

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February 27, 2016.  One last goose for the season (which closes in about a week).  Was outside on the back steps before sunset sorting through my turkey hunting gear for the coming season and the flocks of Canadas started up.  I decided why not?  Grabbed the 10 gauge, stood about 5 paces from the back door, picked one out from a low flying flock and it crashed right next to the 10 yard target in the archery range out back.  How handy is that?

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This gun kicks like a damn mule.  Will be happy to let it lie dormant until late December when it will be time to blast the annual Christmas Goose while standing on the back lawn.

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Christmas Goose December 19 2015 Pic 1.   I got the idea a few months ago that I wanted to shoot a goose while standing on my lawn and that it would be our Christmas Goose.   Well tonight, near sunset, I was working out with kettlebells by the shed when the flocks of geese started to pass low overhead.  So I ran inside and grabbed the H&R Model 176 10 gauge (the serial number indicates it was built in 1979) 'goose artillery piece' and missed my first shot as I did not lead my bird enough.

 
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