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#1830631 - 05/14/22 10:32 AM Big Archery Tom Down
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I had a great encounter with a mature Tom this morning. He gobbled well on the roost and after strutting for 2 hens for 30 minutes, the hens came by and he followed.
10Ē beard and sharp 1Ē spurs.

Nice bird and the only one I will harvest this year until the population recovers.



Edited by Tall 1 (05/14/22 10:34 AM)
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#1830633 - 05/14/22 01:36 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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congrats

Big tom with long beard and one inch spur

it's hard to get one with a 10 inch beard

good luck on your next venture
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#1830635 - 05/14/22 03:37 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Way to go Jon, nothing like harvesting a mature tom with the bow. Looks like a beautiful bird.
Congratulations - you always seem to harvest at least one every year.
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#1830637 - 05/14/22 06:19 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Well done!

Very nice bird!

Itís funny how certain areas of the state seem to have been hit hardest in terms of population decline

Here in the CT River Vally south of Hartford, Iím hearing birds most trips in a variety of locations

That being said I think 3 bird spring limit is too many and Iím fully against all day spring huntingÖÖlet the birds breed and roost in peace after 1 or 2pm

Good for you on the conservation call for your area!

I remember after the terrible 2010 through 2012 winters I stopped turkey hunting till 2018 because my areas were devastated.

Since 2018 the Central Valley has been very good.


Edited by OldSchool (05/15/22 07:38 AM)

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#1830639 - 05/14/22 07:22 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: OldSchool]
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Originally Posted By: OldSchool
Well done!

Very nice bird!

Itís funny how certain areas of the state seem to have been hit hardest in terms of population decline

Here in the CT River Vally south of Hartford, Iím hearing birds most trips in a variety of locations

That being said I think 3 bird spring limit is too many and Iím fully against all day spring huntingÖÖlet the birds breed and roost in peace after 1 or 2pm

Good for you on the conservation call for your area!

I remember after the terrible 2010 through 2012 winters I stopped turkey hunting till 2018 because my areas were devastated.

Since 2018 the Central Valley has been very good.


My areas are wayyyyy down, in both turkey and deer, over the last 10 years. I agree that the limit needs to be 2 birds, either state or private and 12:00 cut off.
You can legally tag 5 spring birds plus 5 fall birds which is simply too much.
But thatís my opinion, and the state wants to sell licenses not manage our wildlife.
Iíll just do my part to manage my harvest.
Time to fish!!


Edited by Tall 1 (05/14/22 07:24 PM)
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#1830642 - 05/14/22 11:48 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Congratulations Jon! Very nice, mature Tom!

Good shooting with the bow.
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#1830648 - 05/15/22 11:40 AM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Great job on that bird Jon! Congrats!!

Itís been really tough this spring in my areas as well. Went to a state land piece I used to see tons of birds on many years ago last week. No sign of anything

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#1830650 - 05/15/22 12:47 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Jon, congratulations on the turkey bow kill. A very difficult task to accomplish.
I have seen one lone hen in a field this spring and not heard a single tom call. I agree with the population decline.
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#1830653 - 05/15/22 02:27 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Fantastic bird Jon and shows true hunting prowess getting him with the bow. Love the pics against the tree.

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#1830676 - 05/15/22 09:00 PM Re: Big Archery Tom Down [Re: Tall 1]
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Nicely done Jon....congrats.

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