Put A Buddy On A Spurrless Gobbler This Morning
I was able to help my buddy get his first Florida gobbler this morning. The bird worked in all the way to 70 yards away and then ducked into some planted pines. I told my buddy that the bird was probably going to come out to our left and pop out right in front of us. That's exactly what he did, but he hugged the line of palmettos the blind was in all the way to the blind's window. I had the camera rolling when the shot occurred but I didn't have it on the turkey, I didn't want to risk him seeing me move that close.
This gobbler had no spurs. Not even nubs. Its got to be some sort of genetic defect. I've never seen that before or knew that such was possible. It makes me wonder how he made it to become a mature, dominant, gobbler without them. He's not the biggest gobbler on property but he's definitely mature and one of the bosses.
Techincally its an eastern but its one of those easterns that looks and acts like an Osceola.
Gertrude lost her snoot this morning while I was setting her up. Her original snoot was lost when some hens pecked it off. Since then I've used a small stick superglued to her forehead encased in blue playdough and dirtied up to look more organic. As I have said before, I can't recommend enough that someone serious about turkey hunting invest in a stuffed hen (for private land of course).
I'll get the video up soon.