Son got a nice one this weekend. He and another nice Tom where following a hen across a large open field and would not have anything to do with our calling and decoys. Told my son to see if he could sneak around the tree line and cut them off. About 45 minutes later I hear the shot. We new it was a good Tom but was very surprised when we got a closer look. 5 beards and 1 1/4 inch spurs.
Congrats to your boy. I sure hope yall are mounting that joker. Mike at Blackwings Taxidermy does an outstanding job. He mounted a 4 bearded eastern I killed several years ago. He had 1 7/16in spurs. Best overall scoring bird I ever killed.
Unfortunately not. Didn't really realize how good of a bird it was until later. Regretting it now. Was more worried about getting the meat cooled. haha. All I have left of him is the spurs, tail feathers and the beards. Trying to figure out a good way to display them now.
Yup, that is a good way to mount what you have left of him. I have done several that way over the years. one that got lost/torn up in a move was my largest Eastern gobbler. 11 .25 inch beard and 1 3/16 spurs.