Feathers on the fly... Turkey down!
May first was opening day of the turkey season here in NY and I was in my blind for a whole 40 minutes before I shot this gobbler. Here in NY we can take two birds so I like to put one in the pot as fast as I can and then hunt for a "big boy" long beard...
|We did see some long beards (far left tom strutting) but they were too far for a shot and had lots of hens already, so our calls went unanswered.|
|The jake had a 4 3/4 inch beard and I called him in with a Marlin D. Watkins box call.|
|Cleaning the bird.|
|We also found a woodcock's nest with 4 little eggs in it. I snapped a picture while momma timber-doodle did her best to divert us by playing hurt and injured.|