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Gould's Turkey Hunt

Postby The Waterfowler » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:19 pm

We just returned from a great Gould's hunt south of the border. Two birds will make the top 25 overall in the NWTF and one I killed will be tied for #5 on beard length. Some exciting hunts in a beautiful area.

They don't call them big-foots for nothing.
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Gould's country. You sometimes have to think twice before running and gunning here!
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My first bird with a 12 1/4 inch beard. Will tie #5 in the book. I was proud of him.
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These two were both over 23 pounds.
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25 pound bird to the left with 11 3/4 inch beard. Center bird gave my friend his Royal Slam and my second bird of the trip bird was 23 1/2 pounds with a 10 inch beard.
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Awesome!

Postby AAR » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:32 pm

Beautiful birds and congrats Pat :thumbsup: Man those suckers are big! I know their the largest of the turkey's but what is the size difference compared to some of the 4 in the US, like side by side? Is it pretty noticable?

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Postby The Waterfowler » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:46 pm

Although they don't have the wright of some big Eastern, they have the frame to put it on as the bone structure is much larger than the 4 in the U.S. If they had the diet of some of the Easterns they would weigh 30 pounds or more. They live in some harsh country. The biggest we killed on this trip was the 25 pound bird, but a 27 pound bird was killed there two years ago that is number 1 in the books now.
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Postby cut_un » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:40 am

They had some dark feet too, I noticed the nails are really worn too. Great hunt, great pics :thumbsup: Looks like you guys had a blast!
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Postby trigger22 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:07 pm

congrats to all 3 of you on some beautiful birds and congrats to your friend for his royal slam, thats quite a feat
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Postby DuckKing » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:45 pm

congrats beautiful birds never shot a goulds yet just a rio and a merriams cant wait to hunt one
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Postby David » Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:14 pm

Beautiful birds, congratulations. :thumbsup:
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Postby Pete-pec » Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:18 pm

beautiful birds Pat!

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