Meridian Star

March 29, 2013

Boss Gobbler Turkey Contest

By Mike Giles / outdoors writer
Mike Giles

MERIDIAN —    If you haven’t killed that trophy buck and never won a prize and you are a turkey hunter or turkey killer then have no fear, you now have a chance to test your skill against other turkey hunters in the Boss Gobbler Turkey Contest.

    Wayne Bryant of Wildlife Creations recently started another turkey contest which will have weekly prizes for the fortunate hunters who harvest a wise old bird. Although most turkeys have had a good case of the lockjaw around these parts, a few good birds have been harvested and more are being worked on as we speak. Each week will have a winner and there will be an overall winner chosen by drawing from the entries. The overall draw prize will be a 3 1/2 inch magnum shotgun.

    The first week’s winner was Gregory Guy with a turkey which scored 70.685 weighed 22.06 pounds and had a 10 7/8 inch beard. The spurs were one and 3/8 and one and 5/16 inches and the bird was harvested in Kemper County.

    Of course since most of the gobblers have been silent there is still a lot of time to harvest that tom and get in on the festivities. By all accounts many birds are still traveling in gobbler bands and talking very little. The gobblers that are talking are playing it quiet after hitting the ground and joining their harems of hens.

    More than a few hunters have been busted by silent birds that have come up with nary a sound and wait to appear at just the time the hunters, aka folks like yours truly, have to get up and go to work. PUT, PUT! Flop, flop, flop- gone! We done been had!

    On a positive note a few birds are starting to chime up at daybreak and the peak of the gobbling and mating activity is still to come. The last half of the season should be pure dynamite. So, get outdoors, tune your calls and call up that old trophy tom.

    And don’t forget to register it at Wildlife Creations and compete against some of the best turkey hunters on the planet!

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