Okie Beards And Buddies

04 Mar

One of Chris' Gobblers

I am relatively new to turkey hunting. My first time out was about seven years ago when I went with a great group of friends. It is still the best day I have had in my turkey hunting career!

We decided about ten o’clock that Saturday morning that we were going to hit the turkey woods. So, we threw on our camo, grabbed our shot guns, and hit up the convenience store, before we left town, to snag a burrito and drinks. From the store, we went straight to the honey hole. When we got there, we loaded our shot guns, and snuck about 150 yards to a berm. We stealthily peeked over the top of the berm, and saw several toms with hens in the shade of some trees approximately 75 yards away. We laid on our bellies, lined up like a camo clad firing squad, and began to call. Several gentle purrs and a few yelps later, we had two strutting toms coming our way! My adrenaline surged as they moved closer and closer! The two hen-pecked toms came from right to left in front of us, not knowing that in a few moments their lives would be coming to a dead-end. On the count of three, we pulled the triggers on our twelve-gauge shotguns, and the turkey loads slammed into the beaks of those two love-sick birds! When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, two of us had harvested great birds. My tom had three beards, and my friends bird had about a nine inch beard! All in all, the hunt lasted twenty minutes from the time we left the convenience store. It was incredible, to say the least!

Turkey at Chris' Feeder

From that day forward, I’ve been hooked on turkey hunting. So, this year when you head out to the turkey woods, take a friend or kid with you. There is no better way, in my opinion, to spend a Spring morning than chasing long beards with great friends!

Happy hunting, to all my fellow Okie boys and gals!


6 responses to “Okie Beards And Buddies

  1. Pastor Kerry Mackey

    March 5, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Chris, great story… Thanks for sharing and passing on the legacy. Looking forward to taking all 4 of my boys turkey hunting this year. Bless Ya Bro!

  2. thechriscarlisle

    March 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Kerry, thanks for the comment! I hope you enjoy taking your boys out! I can’t wait to hear how it goes! God bless you man!

  3. heyBJK

    March 7, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Congrats on your 3-beard Tom! Very nice bird and great story! I know it was a few years ago, but that’s still awesome and definitely the best way to get hooked!

  4. thechriscarlisle

    March 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    heyBJK, Thanks for the congrats on the bird! What’s really cool about the story is two years ago the same guys were hunting together again and the guy who was next to me when I shot my 3 beareded bird shot one while I was next to him! It was like deja vu all over again! Hope your turkey hunting season goes good!


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