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Old 04-13-2006, 06:50 AM
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Wet, tired, soar feet....MAN I LOVE THIS!

Once again I got to head South and hunt on my good buddiesí property in Southern IL, (Lamont Outdoors). Despite the VERY wet, rainy, hailing and windy weather, I managed to work 9 different birds during my three day hunt. Each morning was pretty exciting and I had long beards within 45 yards several times, but waited until the last day to shoot one right around the 25 yard mark. We got plenty of footage for Lamont crew. The river was rising pretty quick and a good bit of the property was flooded this year making it especially harder to get to some honey holes. In fact I could never make it to where I shot my birds the past two years, it was already under water! The river came up and the property we were hunting is probably well under water by now. By this past Tuesday itís supposed to be 22í under water. Anyhow, we still had a blast and the weather made me feel right at home. I normally donít get to go hunting unless itís raining out. We got to stay in the new lodge and those beds were a welcome after the 8.5 hr drive.

Attached are a few pictures. I called this bird and another gobbler in at the same time. They came in on a rope from about 150 yards out in less than 1 minute. My bird is a nice 3-4 year old with 1Ē spurs, weighed 24 pounds! (tied for the heaviest bird Iíve killed) and had an 8Ē beard. Half of his beard looked like it was ripped off, so either heíd been fighting or old Billy shot his beard off before I got down there!.. ha ha. I believe this is #61 in 9 States for me. It was a good warm up for our PA season starting in a few weeks.

Lots of walking, little sleep, plenty of water and wet clothes....Man I LOVE this sport!
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:57 AM
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I saw plenty of deer this trip down. Those deer are enormous! Just to prove it, here's a track next to my size 9.5. I may have to take a trip down in the fall
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:59 AM
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Inside the lodge
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:00 AM
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The ol Franchi Black Magic strikes again!
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:35 AM
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Sounds like a great time, Petey! Congratulations!
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:51 AM
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Looks like ya had a good time....wasn't it Ruark whut said " you gotta hurt to be happy " LOL
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:31 AM
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Nice turkey Petey!
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Old 04-18-2006, 03:20 PM
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Way to go, Petey!!!!
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