“I got to my hunting spot in Bedford County after the morning thunderstorm had passed. When I got out of my truck I could hear a gobbler midway up the mountain gobbling. I quickly got all my stuff together and started hiking.
As I got closer to the turkey I could tell that he was still in the tree. I set up in an area that the turkeys frequently travel. As I was settling in I thought I heard another gobble behind me in the distance. After a minute or two I could tell that it definitely was another turkey.
After waiting about 15 minutes the turkey in front me flew down about 60 yards up the ridge from me, in the meantime the other gobbler was getting closer. I could see the top of the fan of the turkey in front of me but he just never would come over the ridge. Suddenly the turkey behind me gobbled and he wasn’t alone, both toms were only about 50 yards behind me.
After just a minute or two I could make out the birds moving to my left towards the other gobbler. They were about to get into a thick area that I wouldn’t be able to shot through so I made a quick move and shot the rear turkey.
After getting to the bird I could tell that he was the multi-bearded turkey from my trailcam pictures. What I then realized was that he had 6 beards. The turkey ended up weighing 19.7 pounds with 1 1/8 inch spurs.”
This is certainly a unique bird, and congrats to D0oley for improvising and still pulling off what I’m sure was a tough shot.