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April 16th brought sleet with 29 degrees and winds at 20 mph. I did not hear a gobble the entire day. April 17th (this AM) temps were at 30 degrees but no wind. Gobblers were sounding off like crazy. Got on 3 roosted Toms at first light but a hen coaxed them off. Then a 4th wouldn't come in. Then a 5th at 7:30am was headed my way when all of a sudden GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE 60 yards behind me! A large tree hid me as I stood and turned. Here he comes Gobbling his head off. BOOM! he went straight down. The distance was 55 steps (I thought it was closer). The Winchester Long Beard XR did the trick. He weighed 22.8 pounds, 8 inch beard, and was a 2.5 year old.

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Congratulations Frank.  Nice bird

Bagged one myself in Missouri on the 16th...yep in that terrible turkey hunting weather.  Overcast, snow flurries, and high winds.  Heard a lot gobbling on the 17th (clear and calm) but we can't kill our 2nd bird in MO until after the 1st week of the season.  With perfect listening weather, I had to get up and go listen to them though.

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Good luck with that second bird Al!  I just love the sound of a Gobbler going at it at close range. Really gets the blood pumping!

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On 4/18/2018 at 4:08 PM, Born4it said:

Well done!  I'm in Illinois as well...haven't been out yet, but figured they'd be going nuts yesterday.  Congrats!

God bless,
Ryan

Good luck! Hopefully you'll have some better weather when you get a chance to go after them.

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Good looking bird. Congrats on a cold weather bird. 

I like the shadow pic. I did some of those in Hawaii this year 

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