Walter Moura of Rhinebeck, N.Y., took this heavy Empire State longbeard on May 8 after calling it, along with four other toms and two hens, into his setup. Moura thought for sure he was busted after one of the hens strolled to within five feet of where he was sitting. Fortunately, the pictured bird followed.
Said Walter: "He caught ever bit of the three-inch, number fives that my Mossberg put into his head."
The gobbler weighed 24 pounds and had 1 1/4-inch spurs and a 9-inch beard.
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