A 22-pound gobbler, a father-son double, and a 62 yarder

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Norman Smith used a TSS load for a long distance shot on this gobbler.

It was a great season for Carolina turkey hunters

The 2020 turkey hunting season is over, and many great hunts occurred this spring. Here’s a few that we didn’t get around to reporting on earlier.

Miles Dover of Newport, N.C.

Miles Dover of Newport, N.C. took care of business on May 2 with a gobbler he’d been keeping track of for quite some time. He first saw the bird during deer hunting season. Then, the turkey gave him the slip twice during spring hunts. But then luck smiled on Dover after he slipped in quietly one morning to the perfect spot.

“I got really lucky by unknowingly setting up five yards from his tree without bumping him at first light. The longbeard responded to an owl call. And he ended up pitching down into the decoy spread and attacking my Avian 3/4 strutting jake. The bird weighed 22 pounds. He had an 11 1/4-inch beard and 1 5/8-inch spurs on both sides,” said Dover.

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Miles Dover of Newport, N.C. killed this gobbler on May 2, 2020.

Brian and Mason Oliver of Vanceboro

Brian Oliver of Vanceboro and his 6-year-old son Mason were hunting in Craven County on May 8. Jordan Arrington was calling for the two hunters.

“I killed my second ever turkey. It had an 11 1/4-inch beard and weighed 16 pounds. It had 1-inch spurs. My son killed his first ever turkey. It had a 10 1/2-inch beard and weighed 18 pounds. His bird had 1 1/16-inch spurs,” said Oliver

Oliver killed his gobbler with a Remington 1187 20-gauge. Mason killed his with a .410 single shot.

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“Team Oliver,” Brian and Mason Oliver of Vanceboro, N.C. doubled up in Craven County on May 8, 2020.

Norman Smith of Roseboro

Norman Smith of Roseboro took the long distance approach on May 4 in Bladen County. He shot a gobbler at 6:08 a.m.

“This bird had been roosting over the South River. It flew down into the field at 6:03 a.m. I shot the bird at 62 yards with a CZ Magnum Reaper over-and-under 12-gauge. The Federal TSS load found its mark and the bird fell in its tracks,” said Smith.

Smith’s turkey had a 10-inch beard and 7/8-inch spurs.

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Norman Smith shot this gobbler at long range on May 4 in Bladen County, N.C.

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