It's the time of the year for that "other" upland bird

No dog work required here, unfortunately. I've always heard that boykins can be used as turkey dogs, but I've never known anyone who did such.

It was a mature tom at ~3 or 4 years based on his 9 1/2" beard and 7/8" spurs.

It was almost a case of self defense, and it was over before I had a chance to really get excited. I can't say I shot him in full strut, but nevertheless I did call him in and it wasn't a long distance snipe. Ample evidence of which is that I was shooting a modified choke 2 3/4" 12GA; distance to this bird was less than 30 yards.

The birds are hot and heavy for a 'lost hen' call right now.