2011 Show Us Your Gobbler Contest
by Chris Larsen
The entries are in for Foremosthunting.com’s Annual Show Us Your Gobbler Contest. However, you still have time to vote. We have a wide ranging field of entries. To give your favorite picture another vote, just make a comment at the bottom of this page. Let us know who you want to win! I have provided some background information for the entries that provided background information. Some entrants provided two pictures. In those cases both photos are displayed. If you know something about one of these hunts that isn’t listed, feel free to let us know in the comments. Here are the contestants in no particular order.
Adam Richter scored this Southern Wisconsin gobbler after a morning sit yielded nothing. Adam and his brother-in-law Justin Davis shifted to run-and-gun tactics to put this big fella on the ground. Congratulations Adam!
Glynn Werth braved the wind & elements for weeks before arrowing this Oklahoma gobbler during an afternoon hunt. Glynn just purchased her Mathews Passion bow during the offseason and this turkey is her first archery gobbler.
Wisconsin has several seasons that are just five days long. If there is bad weather, you have no choice but to suffer through it if you want a turkey. Don Davis of Southern Wisconsin did just that. He battled rain for days and on the final morning of his season, Davis put the hammer down on this twenty pound tom with a ten inch beard. Don’s son Justin filmed the hunt. You will have the opportunity to see the video here at foremosthunting.com soon.
Brad Onstad took this 18 pound gobbler in Minnesota this spring. It was his first turkey in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The area he was hunting in was previously closed to hunting. Nice to see some doors opening up to turkey hunters! Brad’s bird strutted around with a nine inch beard.
Bianca Pletsch is an experienced deer hunter. But this Central Wisconsin tom is her first thunder chicken. Bianca reported seeing and hearing plenty of gobbling in the woods and it sounds as though she may be officially hooked.
Kaleigh Evans dropped this gobbler during a youth hunt in her native Connecticut. She battled a frustrating day with two misses before this guy made the mistake of strutting in front of her near the end of the day. Her dad and his friend, “Busch Pilot,” mentored her. This was Kaleigh’s first bird and it was taken just 75 yards from where her brother took his first turkey.
Justin Davis shot this Southern Wisconsin gobbler on opening day of his season. But it wasn’t easy. Justin was plagued by jakes for most of the morning. When they ran off, so did the mature gobblers that were smart enough to stay out of range. Justin hopped to his feet and put an epic stalk on this turkey before closing the distance and putting him on the ground. This bird was 23+ pounds with inch and a quarter spurs… a true limb hanger.
As you have read, the 2011 turkey season was loaded with drama and triumph. Chasing turkeys is no easy task. Congratulations to all of our contest entrants. We’re looking forward to hearing more of your stories.
If you have already voted on Facebook, you are allowed one more vote right here on our webpage. Good luck to the entrants!
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