I was lucky. I had seen a good sized flock in the morning at 0920 where I thought they would come through a fence opening. They came through lower and I followed them for about 200 yards before they busted me. There were three of us hunting, myself, my archery hunting mentor (who has no problem when I use a shotgun), and his brother. We went up the hill I saw the birds fly to, came down the other side, and crossed another fence. We could hear birds, called them, but they were moving away. We hustled down parallel to the fence but above the crest of the hill and came down below the corner in the fence. When we popped out into the open, the birds were just standing there. I was waiting for my archery buddy to make a move when we asked me if I could hit at that distance. I said I thought I could and too the shot. The bird immediately went down and by the time I crossed the fence it was motionless.Forty-five yards ain't no slouch. The farthest I've dropped a bird was forty yards.
I felt it rude to mention but since the cat is out of the bag... I'm curious as well. :smile:Brother Raven, your kill-distance is terrific! Yet your photo doesn't show neither beard nor spurs. Was that, uhhh... intentional? :hand5:
Please know that I'm ribbin' ya'. :congrats:
I felt it rude mentioning it myself as I am not really on a friendly level with any members. No "insult" intended. Usually the first thing I ask is how far and what did you shoot it with and bird specs come later.Rude? Really? Well, if a friend brings a turkey to your house in the back of his pickup on the way home from a successful hunt, what's the first things you look at & talk about? Rude my Aunt Fanny's fanny! Raven and I are...pals! :biggrin2:
Just finished eating it! Cooked it for two hours in the oven. My wife stuffed the inside with cranberries and a sliced up orange. We covered the outside with bacon. Turned out perfect, very moist and tasty. Lots of meat leftover.I have had good results roasting them in the oven,but being extra careful not to over cook. The last one was skinless, so I covered it completely in bacon. Turned out perfect.
The reason I'm not 100% behind it being a Merriam is because my Merriam and my father's have very white tail tips and my father's Rio has tan tips and looks more like the picture in the OP, to me at least. I wouldn't rule out a hybrid of the two because they are known to exist where Raven said he was hunting.I thought the tail looked just like what came up on google as a Merriam. I need to find a way West to hunt. I would like to add a Merriam and a Rio to my wall.
I have had good results roasting them in the oven,but being extra careful not to over cook. The last one was skinless, so I covered it completely in bacon. Turned out perfect.
Have not encountered ticks here on turkeys, nor on my buck in October also here in Utah. But definitely a ton of ticks on the pig I took in California a couple years back.All I know are Wisconsin birds. Signed up tonight! It's my favorite hunting. I just hope for a little later Spring as I always get third week, cooler weather limits the ticks.