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 have learned quite a bit over the past few years turkey hunting and the majority of it was how to get that tom within range. Every article you read is littered with talk of fighting purrs, flydown cackles and clucks. What they don't tell you is now that you've caught that tom's interest and he's coming on a string... now what? I have seen more blown or missed turkeys from lack of experience in this area than I can imagine. If you can't seal the deal than you may as well have left the...