Cave Bird

Meinke_imageGary Meinke of Greely, Colo., took this cool Merriam's and even cooler pic in the South Dakota Black Hills in 2005. Here's his tale in his own words:

I call this bird my "Cavebird" because of the cave in the canyon area he hung out in. I'd hunted him for several days in the canyons, hills and valleys surrounding the cave. On the morning I shot him, I had lost track of him and I decided to head back to the cave area. When he first answered my call his gobble echoed off the canyon walls so much I had no idea which direction he was. He came right in to a push-pin call. He was a 2-year old with 3/4 inch spurs and a 8-1/2 inch beard. Not special by those standards but the memory of the hunt he gave me is a trophy to me.

Meinke_image2Back in '03, he killed a banded bird as well and sent the pic in of his unusual take along with this story:

I harvested this banded Merriams in the spring of 2003 in South Dakota. I was so excited when I walked up to my bird that I immediately got my camera and took this picture by myself with the timer on the camera. I couldn't believe anyone even banded turkeys. There was a study being done by a graduate student in BrookingSD. The 2-year-old was banded as a jake and only traveled four miles from the banding point.

Click on the picture and you can see the band much better.

Gary 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 on the evening of Monday, July 17.