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Big Montana Merriam's Gobbler down

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberEastern NebraskaPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
I'm in Montana on our annual deer hunting trip. More on the deer part when I get time to write a complete hunt report. Anyway...

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We got permission on an 11,000+ acre ranch that had plenty of Merriam's turkeys on it. I bought a tag over-the-counter and proceeded to fill it with a 22 lb. gobbler with ~6.5" beard, which is pretty good for these Western birds. It was a great way to cap off a successful deer hunt! I went from never having killed a Fall turkey coming into this year to having my second in a season with this and my PA bird. Looks like I'll be adding a fan/beard mount to my European whitetail deer mount!

Better still, my buddies bought tags after I got my bird and managed to score. Even though they both neglected to bring a shotgun, I let them borrow mine, and they got a *shared-gun double*: one shot a gobbler, quickly passed the gun to the other guy, and BOOM - we had 2 more birds down!

(Mine was still the biggest, of course :jester:)

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This was our best hunt ever out here!
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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