Show Us The Turkey!

April 30, 2008 Scott Fellows got his turkey license at 7:30pm. He got up at 4:00am and was sitting in the woods at 4:30 and at 6:00am he shot his first turkey! Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
I am Ethan Wolfe and am seventeen years old. I called in and shot this turkey at 9 o'clock during the PA spring junior season on our farm in Centre Hall, PA. I was starting to get restless and was going to come down off the mountain, so I called one last time and heard him gobble. I called again and he answered. After I called the third time he wouldn't answer so I figured he went somewhere else... when I heard some leaves shuffling. I waited for a minute or tto and I saw him coming down the slope about 50 yards away. I let him get 20 or 30 yards from me and I let the lead rip from my single shot 12 gauge. This was my second time turkey hunting. The bird weighed 20 pounds and had a 9 1/2 inch beard. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Spencer Daley, 15, with his first tom. It has an 8 inch beard and 1 1/2 inch spurs. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Jerry Ziemann and his bird from the 2nd season of Wisconsin's turkey season. The bird weighted 23.4 lbs. It has a 9.25 inch beard and 7/8 inch spurs. Taken at 20 yards. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Ryan Hale and his father, Jim, with the birds they shot on the opening morning of the Pennsylvania Spring Gobbler season in Bedford County. The birds were shot exactly 1 hour and 30 yards apart! Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Chris Cole shot this in Stetson, Maine. 19 pounds with a 9 1/4 inch beard. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
My name is Luke Perkins, I am 5 years old, and this is my first Turkey Hunt ever. My Dad and I shot this turkey on my grandpa's farm in Missouri this past spring. It was the coolest hunt ever. I heard several turkey's gobbling that morning, but this Jake came right in to us. Dad said it was a smaller one, but a good first Turkey for me. I will never forget it. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
13-year-old Robert DePue killed this turkey on opening morning of youth turkey season in New York. It was a 22lb. 10 oz. gobbler with a 9 1/2 inch beard and 1 inch spurs. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Angela Trudeau from East Dover, Vermont and her first kill! The turkey was taken in the Vermont, May 2008 season and weighed 19 1/2 pounds, 8.5 inch beard and 7/8 inch spurs. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Ca'Lyn Zachary and hunting partner shoot their first turkey-double after 10 years hutning together. Both birds wore 10 inch plus beards and 1 1/4" spurs.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Michael Stash from Plymouth P.A., 13 yrs old. This is a picture of his first turkey which weighed in at 20 pounds with a 9 5/8 in beard and 1 1/4 in spurs. Way to go Michael! Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Steve Macelmoyl and Matt Uber turkey hunting just west of Visalia, CA. Both birds were down by 7:30 on the opening day hunt in Central California. Both birds had 1" spurs and a 7 1/2 inch beard and a 9 1/2 inch beard. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Two brothers with their first turkeys during their first season hunt. It was the first day of the '08 season about 5:00 pm when they shot the pair. Both birds had 10 inch beards. 1 1/2 in spurs. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Bill Lohan, Prairie Du Sac , Wisconsin. Weight: about 26 pounds. Beard length: 10 inches. Bill submits this story: We were working to set up on one of five gobblers that we roosted with an owl call. As we approached the area we were going to set up the Double Bull blind to attempt taking my first turkey with a bow, this guy gobbled at about 30 yards, still roosted. My partner and I were pinned down with no chance to set up the blind and get an archery shot. With this being my last day to hunt, I told him we should "switch to guns." With that we dropped the blind, my bow, our blind seats, and our packs. We got two decoys stuck in the ground and both of us landed by the nearest tree. I got one shell into my Mossberg and we let it quiet down for a minute. We made contact with the gobbler as he hammered back at our calls. We heard the birds fly down and thought they were lost. About 3 minutes later, they came over the ridge - the big guy was pushing a hen with a jake and three other hens in tow. They caught me with my gun in my lap and no way to move. The gobbler came right to the decoy at about 10 yards. I was able to get my safety off, but still no way to move. As he began to lose interest, he came out of strut and turned to walk away. I snapped the gun up and harvested this great bird only five yards from the bow I had to drop... Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Tiffani and Travis kill Twin Tom Turkeys in Nebraska for their first archery kill ever! Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Alexa McCord and her white MALE turkey. We've seen white females, but does anyone have any thoughts on this white male turkey? Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
David Bush submits this story: As every hunter knows, nothing is more exciting than trying out a new spot for the first time. While you may have a gut feeling that the spot will hold big birds, nothing gets your heart racing like actually hearing that first gobble. This is exactly what happened to me during my first hunt of the 2008 season. Even though it was pretty cold the night before my hunt, I decided to try to roost some birds in my new spot anyway. Getting out of my truck, I walked maybe 30 yards down an open logging road and hit my call. To my surprise, I could just make out two faint gobbles in the distance. With renewed hope, I quickly sat down and found cover. Five minutes later I hit my call again and the thunder of two gobbles immediately echoed a mere 30 yards behind me! At this point I just knew that I needed to sit still, stay quiet and wait for the birds to roost. Too amped to get much sleep, I had no problem getting into the woods a good hour before light. Creeping in, I set up my Double Bull Blind approximately 80 yards from where the birds were roosted. As the sun began to rise, I could already hear the toms gobbling. At this point, I nocked an arrow and clicked on my video camera, just biding my time until the perfect shot presented itself. I struck my call and the birds immediately answered back. Now that the hen knew I was there, she flew down, headed in my direction and actually passed me on the left. Shortly thereafter, one of the gobblers decided to follow, slowly strutting down the open pasture. Once he approached 30 yards, I took my chance to draw back and made my shot. While I did hit the bird dead-on, he nevertheless flew up and disappeared into the brush 50 yards ahead. Anxiously counting down the minutes until it was safe to recover the tom, I held my breath hoping that he would be easy to find. When I approached the thickets, my heart sank when I realized just how thick the brush really was. Knowing that this tom was worth it, I got down on my belly and started crawling through the briers. After enduring seemingly thousands of cuts from the thorns, I finally spotted him tucked in the center of a sticker bush - this bird was really making me work for it! After finally pulling my tom from a web of briers, I was so excited to find that he had not one, but TWO 10¿ beards stacked right on top of each other. Even though I went into this hunt unfamiliar with the property, it turned out to be one of the most memorable hunts of my life. It taught me that while conditions might start out in my favor, things can quickly go down hill and you must draw upon your sense of responsibility and sheer determination to recover your animal no matter what it takes. ** Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Good friends and great toms! Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor
Cody Stanley, 16 years old. He was hunting on property at his family's barn in Wilton, Caifornia. The turkey weighed 18 pounds, had a 6 1/2 inch beard and 1/2 inch spurs. It was his very first tom. Mail your turkey photos to us at outdoorlifephotos@yahoo.com!Outdoor Life Online Editor

As the 2008 turkey season draws to a close, it's time to show us and tell us how you made out. Check out these birds and submit your own!