Is that a eastern tom? Very nice long beard looks close to 10"
It is indeed an Eastern Tom. The beard was 9.5 inches. The same friend that guided me through the hunt is also mounting the tail and beard. It may not be a great bird (not that I'd know) but its my first and it will be hung in a special place.
I am hooked.
Going again this saturday to see if I can get another. A couple of grad students from NC State University are going to film the hunt. They are majoring in forestry and wildlife or something along those lines. Not sure what the film will be used for but I want a copy
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...