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longbeard48
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« on: April 15, 2017, 05:34:30 PM »

I took this, my second Mississippi gobbler, on April 5.  God really smiled on me that day.  Only about one Smokey grey hatches out of a hundred eggs, and 95% of those are hens, making him , by my calculations, about 1 in 2000.  I had seen this 2 year old about two weeks earlier, about 1/2 mile from where I killed him.  I told my wife then that I had seen a bird of a lifetime.  He haunted my dreams for the next two weeks.  Thanks to my Mississippi Scratch Box and a 20 gauge load of #10 TSS, he is now residing at Stanford Taxidermy in Saltillo, MS. waiting to be immortalized with his 9 inch beard and 5/8" spurs, gobbling on a limb.  I will post again when I get him back! As most hunters in North Mississippi can attest, it has been a long, frustrating season, but this is the bird turned it around for me!
Thank you, Lord!

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 05:41:35 PM »

Congrats, that is one beautiful bird!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 05:14:28 AM »

That is a unique trophy indeed. I can only imagine how grand he looked coming in with bright red waddles. Congratulations Tom!
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 12:54:57 PM »

Congrats on a awesome gobbler Thumbs Up
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 04:17:26 PM »

Oh man! That is one sweet gobbler! Congrats man! Beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 09:33:24 PM »

That is awesome - Congrats!  I've never even seen one of those.  That on right there is worth 5 normal gobblers!  Over here in Bama, I'm still waiting for my big turnaround . . .
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 09:40:15 PM »

Congrats. that is definatly the bird of a life time he is beautiful.

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2017, 08:40:38 PM »

Congrats Tom!! Beautiful bird!
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 09:02:12 PM »

 Beautiful gobbler, Tom! A big congratulations, to you!  Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 01:33:45 AM »

Wow!  Well done Tom!  That is a rare and unique trophy bird!  Thumbs Up
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2017, 02:06:27 PM »

what a rare trophy Tom....congrats  Thumbs Up
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2017, 02:53:54 PM »

That is a cool trophy.... Congrats!!
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2017, 02:13:47 AM »

Well, I wanted to show off this picture of Ol' Smokey on my den wall!  I just got him back today from Stanford's Taxidermy in Saltillo, MS.  Andy and Arnold worked their magic on the bird and he looks just like I wanted him to!  He's gobbling on the limb at a "normal" Eastern that is flying down off the opposite wall!

 
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2017, 04:04:20 AM »

Beautiful mount Tom!! Looks awesome!!
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2017, 11:43:11 AM »

very cool looking gobbler and mount.
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