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1 hour ago, Pygmy said:

I killed my first spring gobbler , a 14 pound jake...It  was my third year of hunting them and I had sworn that if I ever killed one I would quit hunting the damn frustrating things....But of course after I finally got one, I was hooked......<<SIGH>>....

 I Killed my 1st Turkey- also a Jake in my 5th Spring with just a few days to spare in that Spring Season.

  I tried to get help + pointers back in 1990 from an older Gun Club member. I just got that Mona Lisa Smile that said - You are on your own. 

  I am still hooked here and old as the Hills now.

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I’ve never killed a spring Tom but I did kill a hen a few falls ago. A group walked by my tree blind, about 40 yards away.  I waited for one to separate from the others a bit and blasted it with a 3” 12 ga load of  lead # 5’s.

 

 I never liked store bought or farm raised turkey and that one tasted about the same to me.  My wife and kids didn’t like it because of all the lead shot.  
 
I am looking forward to trying a spring tom though.  A friend told me that the breasts are very good if you chunk them up, dip them in flour, then egg, then panko crumbs and fry them in olive oil.  I’ll try a few times over the weekend.

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19 hours ago, Wolc123 said:

I’ve never killed a spring Tom but I did kill a hen a few falls ago. A group walked by my tree blind, about 40 yards away.  I waited for one to separate from the others a bit and blasted it with a 3” 12 ga load of  lead # 5’s.

 I never liked store bought or farm raised turkey and that one tasted about the same to me.  My wife and kids didn’t like it because of all the lead shot.  
I am looking forward to trying a spring tom though.  A friend told me that the breasts are very good if you chunk them up, dip them in flour, then egg, then panko crumbs and fry them in olive oil.  I’ll try a few times over the weekend.

my two kids under 9 yrs old, wife, and myself ate both birds I got last year within two days. raw meat from breasts and tenderloins of the two birds stuffed a 1 gallon ziploc bag. i didn't stray far at all from the recipe below. Not sure I care much for the sauce though.
https://www.themeateater.com/cook/recipes/copycat-chik-fil-a-turkey-nuggets-recipe

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first bird for me was around 16 yrs ago when I was in my mid 20s i think. I got a later start turkey hunting but I remember it had something like a 9-3/4" beard, matching length spurs that were like 1-1/8" or 1-5/16", and it weighed 19 and change lbs. left the fan and beard in the freezer way too long and turned to garbage. it was a great hunt though. i called it into a handful of steps. years later that's not a goal anymore. lol i can't count how many times that's happened on one hand all these years later hunting between states of NY, OK, and KY.

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I went on my first turkey hunt 28 years ago.  I'd seen a bunch of birds while I was woodchuck hunting, so I bought a license and a box call and borrowed a 12 gauge.  Managed to call in a flock of hens to 6 yards, followed by the boss Tom.  I had to wait for the hens to move aside before I shot.

20.5lb bird.  

Some years have been tougher than others, but I have done well here in Vermont.

 

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10 hours ago, Stubborn1vt said:

I went on my first turkey hunt 28 years ago.  I'd seen a bunch of birds while I was woodchuck hunting, so I bought a license and a box call and borrowed a 12 gauge.  Managed to call in a flock of hens to 6 yards, followed by the boss Tom.  I had to wait for the hens to move aside before I shot.

20.5lb bird.  

Some years have been tougher than others, but I have done well here in Vermont.

 

I’d love to go to Vermont some day and hunt them. All across the northeast actually. When the kids get older I guess lol

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On 5/15/2024 at 6:38 PM, Wolc123 said:

I’ve never killed a spring Tom but I did kill a hen a few falls ago. A group walked by my tree blind, about 40 yards away.  I waited for one to separate from the others a bit and blasted it with a 3” 12 ga load of  lead # 5’s.

 

 I never liked store bought or farm raised turkey and that one tasted about the same to me.  My wife and kids didn’t like it because of all the lead shot.  
 
I am looking forward to trying a spring tom though.  A friend told me that the breasts are very good if you chunk them up, dip them in flour, then egg, then panko crumbs and fry them in olive oil.  I’ll try a few times over the weekend.

Marinate and Make them into skewers and your fav veggies over an open flame. Hard to beat!

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