On a side note, the accommodations were less than desirable, so I wanted to finish as soon as possible.
At about 4:30 we set up on a lane that went through one of the oak hammocks the birds liked to roost in. First a hen, then six jakes came right down the lane. About 20 minutes later, three gobblers came into view down the lane a bit. I picked out the bird that appeared to have the longest beard and put him down.
He went down hard and my first hunt of 2007 was complete. Since we had not seen any longbeards, I had already decided that I'd shoot the first swinging bearded turkey that I saw. Anyway, he had a 9.25-inch beard, 1.25-inch spurs and weighed 20.14 lbs (huge for an Osceola). I'm pretty happy with him, I just wish they had been more responsive to calling, but it was just too early for these birds.