Banning05osceola_imagePennsylvania hunter Todd Banning sent us this pair of pictures saved over from his 2005 season.

The first is of an Osceola taken in Florida. Todd rolled into camp and was already in the woods before roost time, calling and hunting over a pair of taxidermied decoys. A hen and jake rolled past, headed for the roost, with this big dude following behind.

“Aggressive calling got his attention and when he saw the dekes he came running, looking for a fight. He lost,” writes Todd. The turkey weighed 19 1/2 pounds, had 1 3/8-inch spurs and a 10-inch beard.

Banning05merriams_image2The second photo is a Merriam’s Todd dropped hunting a Crow reservation out West. The bird tipped the scales at 23 pounds, had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.

Todd 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. The deadline for entries has passed and winners will be announced tonight, Monday, July 17.