On Top of the World

Jones_image_1_1"This season was very weird. Everything I thought I knew about turkey hunting went out the window this year. But it still turned out to be a great year," says Matthew Jones. "I've had a great year. I've killed my two and have called in 11 birds for other hunters. Here are a few pictures from the first few days of season."

Picture 1: This is Matthew's opening day turkey (10-inch beard, 1-inch spurs, 24 pounds).

Picture 2: Here is his girlfriend's cousin and her dad with the father's opening weekend bird. It had double beards that measured 11 inches. The spurs were 1 3/16 inches and it weighed 22 pounds.

Picture 3: This is Matthew's girlfiend's cousin with an unidentified friend and one of the two turkeys he killed in Kentucky. His opening day bird weighed 19 pounds and had a 9-inch beard and 3/4-inch spurs. He then killed one later in the week that sported a 10-inch beard with 1-inch spurs and weighed 21 pounds.

Jones_image_2Matthew killed his personal best later in the season around 12:45 in the day. He writes: "Long story short, after a mile of working the bird, I shot him at 12 yards. He was a real bouncer. He had an 11-inch beard, 1 1/2-inch spurs and weighed 27 pounds."

Twenty-seven pounds? That is a hog. I'd love to see a picture of that one Matt.

I've only seen a couple that big taken by other hunters on hunts that I've been on. My personal heaviest has been two 25 pounders, and I know I saw one Missouri bird while hunting with Ray Eye's brother Marty and former OL staffer Jamus Driscoll that had to have topped 30. From a distance, we thought it was a calf it was so big! Needless to say, that one gave us the slip before the morning was up.

Jones_image_4Tell us folks, what's the heaviest, or for that matter, longest bearded, longest spurred turkey you've killed?