Wendling_imageWhile there are still more than a few states that require spring hunters to be out of the woods by midday hours, those limits on time afield are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Sixty-three-year-old Doug Wendling of beautiful Corolla, N.C., headed north to Michigan this spring for a little turkey hunting with his son and made the most of an all-day turkey hunt by dropping this longbeard around 5 p.m.

His oldest son, with whom he had been hunting that day, killed his bird around eight that morning.

Doug says he took a 50-yard shot with a load of 12-gauge Winchester Double X Magnum No. 4s. Like yesterday’s hunter, he was also shooting a Remington, but Doug’s was a semi-auto 1187, not an 870.

“It was a clean hit. His head hit the ground before his body did and there was not one pellet in the body,” says Doug.

The gobbler weighed a whopping 25 pounds and had 9 1/2-inch beard and 5/8-inch spurs. For an obvious 2-year-old turkey, that was one heavy bird; it was no doubt suffering from a lack of springtime action, which would have burned more of his weight off.

For sending us his picture, Doug 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.