Memorial Day

Desnoyer_picAs some of us take to the woods today and even more of us join family and friends to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with cookouts and beach parties, don't forgot to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy the freedom to participate in all of these activities. Indeed with the current conflicts continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, holidays such as Memorial Day and Veteran's Day take on more meaning than ever.

With that, today's "Give Us The Bird" picture comes from Bill Desnoyer of Sgerrill, N.Y., who nailed this trophy on New York's opening day of May 1.

Bill writes, "Twelve birds came off the roost at 5:30 AM, including 4 jakes, a number of hens and a gobbler. They planted themselves in a 300-yard-long field for more than two hours until I made a few calls from my box. At the time I made the calls, the tom was about 100 yds away. "He circled the corner of the field where I was and eventually made his way over to me, gobbling and looking for the hen he thought I was. I didn't use any decoys. Just my box call! A load of #6 Hevi-Shot put him down.

Bill's gobbler weighed 17 pounds, 10 ounces, had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.He will be entered into our "Give Us The Bird" contest with prizes offered by Carry-Lite, Hunter's Specialties, Knight & Hale, Quaker Boy, Primos, Woodhaven Custom Calls and Woods Wise. For complete details and rules, click here. Remember, it's not too late to enter.

Have a fantastic Memorial Day!