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gritz6679

Scouting for fall turkeys. Getting closer but haven’t found a roost tree. #turkeytrek #easternturkeys #kansas #kuiustrong #kuiu #vortexoptics

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jmaltemus

Every once in awhile, the stars align! #elk #paelk #easternturkeys #gooutside #sgl #publicland #publiclandowner

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buckman_17

Had some visitors in one of the food plots this afternoon, a good sign. Hopefully with the sand and their dusting, they dont pick it apart to early. #NaturesPrizeFieldAndProStaff #WhitetailFoodPlotsUSA #NaturesPrize #podunkparadise #plotyourhuntingstrategies #easternturkeys #turkeys #hens #poults #newyorkoutdoors #foodplots #foodsources #plantandtheywillcome

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jrharris81

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swamp_studs

Some baby turkeys that made it threw !!! #swampstudsoutdoors #yawtyawt #easternturkeys #swampstuds

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brian_todd_

This excessive heat warning has me reflecting back on cool spring mornings in the turkey woods.

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lance_krueger

Who’s your Daddy?!?! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads that weren’t “turkeys!”

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elkhuntgrl4life

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lance_krueger

“What the...?!?!” -Tom

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lance_krueger

Here’s some more earthworm eating action thanks to an Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey Gobbler in the Midwest. Ever seen a Longbeard eat an earthworm? Well, if you didn’t see my previous post on it, then now you have!! This is a 4-shot swipe sequence.

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lance_krueger

My second favorite call of the Wild Turkey, behind the gobble, is the “Spit-drum” sound. This photo shows the moment when a turkey hunter hears the short-range sound called the “Spit-drum”, when the Tom first goes to full strut and tucks his head as far back as he can into the puffed up black feathers sticking up to the sky on his back. It sounds kinda like a spitting sound simultaneously with all 5,000+ feathers of the turkey rubbing up against each other as he expands into full strut, and then immediately thereafter, a deep humming sound that lowers and then rises in one second. After hearing it in the wild at close distance for long periods of time (sometimes over an hour per Gobbler that is trying to impress and breed with my decoys) since I’m not shooting at them with a gun, but I am with a camera, I think it should be called the “Spit-hum” instead of the “Spit-drum”. If you’re not a turkey hunter, don’t even try to understand. How many of you have heard the “Spit-drum” of a Wild Turkey, and how many others have made the “Spit-drum” call to call in a Gobbler? Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had Longbeards come in silent behind me, and the only way I knew they were coming in was that I would hear them Spit-drumming behind me.

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lance_krueger

Here’s a #throwbackthursday photo of mine of the head and shoulders of an Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey Gobbler that I had on the cover of the Spring 2002 issue of Knight & Hale “ULTIMATE TEAM HUNTING” magazine. Knight & Hale is one of the top game call companies in the US and has been for decades. The name comes from the company’s owners, Harold Knight and David Hale. Both of these guys are legends in the hunting world, and were no less so when back in the mid-90’s, I was trying to hunt my first turkey near their game call company in Cadiz, Kentucky with one of their pro-staff callers named Jack Smith. Jack and I had been having a tough few days trying to connect with my first Gobbler with a shotgun, and one evening we were driving around the back roads trying to locate a turkey for the next morning’s hunt, when Jack yells at me to stop my old 4x4 Suburban and to back up to see some turkeys in a power line crossing the road. Backing up and trying to look at the turkeys at the same time didn’t work so well, because I backed into the roadside ditch that even my four wheel drive couldn’t get us out of. Fortunately, Jack had a cell phone and not knowing who else to call, he called the Knight & Hale Game Calls factory, and the only one there that late was the legend himself, David Hale. When Jack hung up the phone we both couldn’t believe that The Man himself was coming to pull us out of the ditch. He drove out in his Jeep and quickly pulled us out of the ditch, and I’m embarrassed to say this was my first introduction to him. Every time I’d see him after that for many years later, he’d tell whoever was standing nearby about having to pull my big Chevy Suburban out with his little Jeep! Fortunately, I was able to kill a Kentucky Longbeard a couple of days later, and I still use a box call that I got on a tour of the factory during that hunt. I’ve called in hundreds of Toms with it, and every time I use it, I think of David Hale, Kentucky, Jack Smith, my first turkey, and back road ditches.

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lance_krueger

An Eastern Longbeard at the midday creek crossing.

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audrey_outdoors

Mounted this fan on barn boards along with the beetle cleaned skull AND a pellet I pulled from it's beak yesterday. I think I'm in love! Swipe to see the skull up close 🙌 #turkeyhunting #thunderchicken #monarchcustomskullworks #beetlecleanedskulls #spurs #fearthebeard #nwtf #easternturkeys

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lance_krueger

Beard!

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lance_krueger

Here’s a #throwbackthursday set of two covers I had back in 2001 and 2006 on “Turkey Hunting Strategies” magazine. Notice the similarity between the covers that were published 5 years apart? Swipe between the two covers to see what I’m talking about. I had the first cover published in the Spring of 2001 of an Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey gobbling while at full strut. Then 5 years later, the editor of the magazine called me up and asked if I had a problem if they ran the same cover from 2001, on their 2006 cover, since the news stand sales were so good because of my cover photo. Since I didn’t have to go find the slide in my photo files, and didn’t have to run the slide to the Fed-X office and take the chance of something happening to the slide in transit, or at the magazine’s office, or at the drum scanning service, or in transit back to me, etc, etc., I said sure, no problem. So very little changed on that 2006 cover from the 2001 cover. And in the 25 years I’ve been a full-time professional wildlife photographer, this is the only time I’ve had the same magazine use the exact same photo two different times. But I guess since they did well with it’s newsstand sales the first time, why not try it a second time?!?!

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lance_krueger

Some more photos I took of the Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey Gobbler that I called “Captain Hooks”, who had extremely long, hooked spurs that I showed you here on Instagram on May 10, 2018. Though his spurs are not visible in these shots, I wanted to show these pictures to you to marvel with me at this magnificent 5-6+ year old Tom in his native woodland Spring habitat. Enjoy!!

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audrey_outdoors

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prestonjurkowski

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audrey_outdoors

11" beard, 1 1/16" spurs, 22.2 pounds. 5th season has been a huge success! *and check out how unique the fan is! Tan triangles in the black strips on the feathers!* #wisconsin #turkeyhunting #easternturkeys #bbd #benelli #cantstoptheflop #runandgun #mossyoak

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lance_krueger

Here’s a #throwbackthursday of one of my VERY CLOSEUP Gobbler photos on the cover of the Spring 2005 issue of “Blackpowder Guns & Hunting.” This is an Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey Tom that I photographed 18 Springs ago in Southern Pennsylvania. #tbt

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lance_krueger

A strutting Gobbler and early morning sunlight at your back makes for a winning combination! 😯😮😃

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audrey_outdoors

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lance_krueger

Two Longbeards just enjoying a Spring day (though secretly they are listening for the call of a receptive turkey hen!).

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audrey_outdoors

Took me 3 seasons, 12 all-day sits, 2 states, and 2 missed opportunities for it to finally come together this morning ❤ #turkeyhunting #wisconsin #easternturkeys #thunderchicken #nwtf #success #hardworkpaysoff #solohunt

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lance_krueger

As I was photographing this Gobbler with a rope of a beard, I thought: “I sure would like to photograph the Gangsta Gobbler that spurred off that chunk of breast feathers out of this guy!!!”

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lance_krueger

This big Eastern subspecies satellite Strutter wanted to show the @flextonegamecalls “Funky Chicken” who’s boss, but not enough to want to kick the pencil-necked geek’s butt!! #funnyfriday

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lance_krueger

I called the strutter “Captain Hooks” and his sidekick “Lieutenant Limbhanger” when I was photographing them!!! Would you take a look at the size of these Michigan Gobbler’s spurs?!?! Long, sharp, and curved!! Based on those spurs, any guesses as to how old these graybeards are? 💥 Three-photo swipe sequence! 💥

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lance_krueger

You may be marveling at all the Strutters in this photo, but I’m looking at the size of the beard on that hen on the left!! Geez, look at the size of her beard!!! Ten percent or less of Wild Turkey hens have beards, and are usually short, thin and wispy. But that gal’s beard, on the left, would make any Tom or turkey hunter proud!!!

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lance_krueger

By the looks of the condition of this guy’s tail fan, it looks like he went through a whole pile of fights to be the king of this hill! But considering he was the main strutter in a group of three Longbeards, I’d say he won most of them, or at least the last one! 🤕🤨😁

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lance_krueger

I remember my Dad telling me back in the early ‘80’s that the limiting factor on the length of a Gobbler’s beard was the wear and tear it gets while the Tom is feeding. He said that as a Longbeard feeds along, the tip of the beard drags along on the ground wearing it off, and even the Turkey’s feet will break off the brittle ends as he steps on the end of his own beard. What say you about this? Was my Dad right, or was he passing on an old wive’s tale? I’ve seen lots of Longbeards with long beards dragging the ground while they fed, and it appears to me like they are about as long as the beard touches the ground. But this is just my observations in the field, which seem to back up what my Dad told me 30+ years ago. Give me your thoughts, opinions and even facts on this if you have them, in the comments below.

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lance_krueger

Mmm, mmm, mmm, that’s BEAUTIFUL!!! Can’t nobody tell me a Wild Turkey Longbeard at full-strut ain’t gorgeous!! 🤩

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lance_krueger

Everybody seems to think that I get great turkey photos every day I’m out in the field. But most days I get absolutely nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. But on other mediocre days, I don’t get nothing, but get photos that will probably never get published. Like these photos I’m showing you here of a hung up Gobbler at 80 yards that rudely refused to come any closer. After keeping track of the successful days, and the (too many) unsuccessful days over the 30+ years I’ve been in the woods with a camera, it actually works out to about one great photo day for 12 mediocre (as you see here) to unsuccessful ones. That’s the reality of being a wildlife photographer, unfortunately. But as with all things worth pursuing in life, it means you have to just be persistent, and have a “never gonna give up attitude”, if you’re going to be a success in this business. I tell myself that though today might have sucked 🤨🤕, tomorrow has the potential to be incredible!!! 🤩🤑

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lance_krueger

Wild Turkey. Longbeard. Midwest. Full Strut. Backlit. Quartering forward. Cover shot!

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audrey_outdoors

My Father In Law bagged his first tom in 7 years yesterday on a one hour solo mission! He is a pastor who "had to get it done and be back in time for confirmation class!" What a stud! #cantstoptheflop #turkeyhunting #IAMSPORTSMAN #whatgetsyououtdoors #familyofhunters #wisconsin #easternturkeys #jellyheads

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lance_krueger

Bad boy on the wrong side of the tracks on the outskirts of town.

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lance_krueger

Man, what a bird!!

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lance_krueger

There’s just something about the pose and look of this Northwoods Turkey Gobbler that reminds me of some sort of pre-historic Raptor or Dinosaur! Is it just me? Or do you see it too?!

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lance_krueger

A complete 10 photo motor-drive swipe sequence of Eastern subspecies Wild Turkeys breeding in the Midwest. As with humans, the female controls all mating with her chosen suitor. 🙄 She wants to mate with the largest, strongest Gobbler in the woods to give her offspring the best chance at surviving. When the conditions are right in the Springtime for nesting, the hen looks for her boyfriend, whose territory and gobble she recognizes. When she has been attracted by his gobbles and his strutting display, she will move toward him, which is how God designed the turkey mating sequence to work. That is why it is so hard for turkey hunters, who are trying to make the Gobbler come to the hen, the opposite of what God programmed him to do, which is to wait for the hen to come to him. So our hen, in this situation, plays coy and feeds toward the Tom, who will make a close-in tending sound called a “Spit-drum” when he first goes to full-strut. After a while, when he’s fully seduced her with his pre-mating display, she will lay down on her belly and will slightly spread out her wings for balance. He will strut up beside and around her, bumping his breast on her sides, which you can see in photo 1. After a couple seconds or even minutes of this, he will step onto her back, which you can see in photo 2. He will stand on her back and will do a little tap dance on her back with his feet while strutting, you can see in photo 3. He will do this dance and lower his tail fan to let her know he’s ready to mate, as you can see in photo 4. He may only do this for a few seconds, or for as long as a half hour, as I’ve observed, but he is not allowed to mate with her until she lifts her tail feathers, as can be seen in photo 5. Once she raises her tail, he lowers his tail fan for their “mmm-hmm’s” to meet, and they copulate for a couple of seconds, which can be seen in pics 5-8. When their procreation has come to a climax, he steps off and she will hold her tail up for a second or two as seen in pic 9, and then will stand up, shake her whole body off and will run to her nest to lay an egg every day, as seen in photo 10. He starts gobbling and strutting, looking for his next hen!

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godscountryoutfitters

Morgan in his favorite turkey blind in Tennessee! #easternturkeys #gcohunts #nwtf #grandslam

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victoriakhunter

There Is No App For This.. Sometimes I’m blessed with the words to share my experiences and ways to express my feelings with you, but nothing holds a candle to being here in person. Find a way to do what you love and give it everything you’ve got.. heart, mind, body, and soul! 🦃🌳❤️ • • #WhatGetsYouOutdoors #HowDoYouHunt #IAMSPORTSMAN #GirlsWhoHunt #GirlsHuntToo #Huntress #GirlsWithGuns #Realtree #Camo #SouthGeorgia #Hunting #EasternTurkeys #Gobbler #HappyPlace #LetsGo #GetOutdoors #Outdoors #Nature #GunsDaily #Everyday #Love

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lance_krueger

A big-bodied Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey in Michigan looks over his back trail for danger. Since everything wants to eat a turkey from the day they’re laid in the nest as an egg, until their last day on earth, a Wild Turkey can be one of the wariest critters in the woods. And with much better vision and hearing than a human’s, a Wild Turkey is very hard to find, when they don’t want to be found! 🙂

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lance_krueger

Red, white and blue! The All-American bird!!

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lance_krueger

An Eastern Gobbler at Full Strut in the cool shade of hardwoods trees at midday. I’ve found over the years when I’m hunting turkeys late in the season when it’s at its hottest in the midday and early afternoon hours on bright bluebird days, that calling in the deep woods due to the coolness of shade they provide, I often have more success than in big openings with no cover of leaves overhead.

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Rain-soaked Gobbler in Tennessee.

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fit_to_hunt

Man...we love turkey hunting!!! #Repost @rob_karel with @get_repost ・・・ Ohio. Even though they’re Yankees and don’t know how to play football, they have wonderful turkey hunting, people and grow big Whitetail. Lol, kidding. #ohio #turkeyhunter #turkey #dsdecoys #hunttoeat #fittohunt #easternturkeys

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lance_krueger

The Barred Owl is one of the birds that is the most helpful of all birds to a turkey hunter. Why, you ask? Because the Barred Owl has a very distinctive Hoot Owl call that sounds like “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” And a pompous wild turkey gobbler will not allow another bird to outcompete him for the reign of his woodland kingdom. So he wants that owl to know who’s boss. Any time a Tom turkey hears a Barred Owl’s call at sunrise or sunset, he will immediately gobble back to let the owl know who’s the King of the Spring!! So, hunters will use this Barred Owl call after sunset to get a normally quiet Gobbler to gobble back in response to reveal which patch of woods he is roosting in for the night, and this natural sound does not alarm the turkeys. This is called “Roosting a turkey.” Then, the hunter will know which patch of woods or what area to slip into in the early, pre-dawn darkness, and can use the Barred Owl call again to make sure the gobbler is still in the same patch of woods. And hopefully the hunter can get set up close enough without being seen, and quiet enough, and make the first hen turkey sounds the Longbeard hears that morning and will fly from his roost limb toward the hunter’s calls first thing in the morning at “fly-down” time. It doesn’t always work that way, but the Barred Owl call is one most turkey hunters use in the Eastern half of the U.S., primarily for the Eastern and Osceola subspecies of Wild Turkeys. Most turkey hunters use a wood or plastic Barred Owl call, but there are some expert turkey hunters who can make the call with only their mouth.

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notyouraveragejoe___

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rob__que

Ohio. Even though they’re Yankees and don’t know how to play football, they have wonderful turkey hunting, people and grow big Whitetail. Lol, kidding. #ohio #turkeyhunter #turkey #dsdecoys #hunttoeat #fittohunt #easternturkeys

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lance_krueger

Angry gobbling!!! 😡🤬

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lance_krueger

Eastern wild turkeys are the most widely distributed subspecies east of the Mississippi River. They are also the most abundant. In fact, you can find them in 38 states and numerous Canadian provinces. Characteristics: •Chestnut-brown tips on tail feathers •White and black bars on the wings •Adult males weigh 18 to 30 pounds •Adult females weigh 8 to 12 pounds •Very strong gobbles (strongest gobbles of all subspecies) •Very long beards (longest beards of all subspecies) •Second to the Osceola in difficulty of calling in -courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation

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captfrankotg

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lance_krueger

Even with Wild Turkeys, the girl’s keep us guys waiting while primping and getting ready for our date.

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An Eastern Gobbler doing work on his strut zone to draw in hens through a curtain of fog.

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audrey_outdoors

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lance_krueger

Listening. Always listening. A Tom turkey, in the South, pauses to listen for hen calls, or gobbles of rival birds every waking hour.

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Here’s a #throwbackthursday of one of my Rio Grande subspecies Wild Turkey Gobbler photos on the cover of the Spring 2002 cover of Mossy Oak’s “Hunting The Country” magazine. The only better feeling than seeing one of your photos on the cover of a national magazine, is to see one of your photos on the cover of a national magazine AND have a bunch of your photos inside that same issue, as I did in this issue!!! 😁

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Profile of an Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey Longbeard showing feather and wing detail. When strutting, the male Wild Turkey is a magnificent sight, no matter the direction he’s facing.

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This is what a Wild Turkey Gobbler looks like when he’s watching a hawk that is flying overhead. Since everything wants to eat Wild Turkeys since the day they were laid as an egg, they are always watching, always listening, always careful, always suspicious, always alert, always on edge!

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lance_krueger

Up close and personal.

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brandenmora270

Awesome weekend chasing Easterns in South Georgia with my brother @brianmorales189 can’t wait to be back in a couple weeks for round 2. #turkeyhunting #nwtf #teampicúa #mossyoak #yawtyawt #easternturkeys #runandgun #chootem #bangbang #cantstoptheflop2018 #wtr18 #turkeyreapers #blakelygeorgia #earlycountyga

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lance_krueger

The King of Spring!

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lance_krueger

Uh oh! The jig is up!!! 😳

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lance_krueger

Here’s a #throwbackthursday cover photo of mine of a Rio Grande subspecies Turkey Gobbler on the cover of the 1997 Spring Bass Pro Shop’s Redhead Hunting catalog.

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lance_krueger

Strut! Spit! Drum! Gobble! All are music to a turkey hunter’s ears!! 😁

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lance_krueger

Strutting for “The Bearded Lady!”

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scottkemm

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lance_krueger

Always watching. Sometimes gobbling.

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southernindianaboys

Getting trail cam pics like this gets the Team fired up for Turkey season. #SIBO is ready for the nitty-gritty!! We're dropping #BigToms this year for ya'll on camera!! #springturkey #turkeyseason #hunting #southernindiana #Indiana #primos #easternturkeys #turkey #turkeyhunting

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lance_krueger

An Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey hen spreads her wings out for balance as a Long-bearded Gobbler stands on her back before mating. Even though she only has to breed one time to lay a clutch of eggs, a hen turkey will breed daily with a Tom, though not always the same Tom. Maybe to provide genetic diversity in her clutch. The Gobbler is signaled to copulate with her only after she lifts her tail. Until then he struts and does a little toe-tapping dance on her back, but seldom gobbles. After successful mating, she will run off to her nest and lay one egg each day until she has a clutch of 6-12 eggs, or sometimes even more, but will not sit on the eggs until the last egg is laid. Then she will sit on the batch of eggs so they all hatch on the same day.

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lance_krueger

Comin’ in on a string, just like you’ve been dreaming about since last turkey season!!

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lance_krueger

That paint brush of a beard! Those iridescent feathers! Those spurs! Those Buttercup flowers! Perfect profile! Half-strut! Peak of gobble action captured! In my book, the perfect photo of an Eastern subspecies Wild Turkey!!! I feel so fortunate to be able to put my name on this one and know I took it!!

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