Joseph Barnes

Date: April 14, 2012
Equipment Used: Shotgun with 3-inch Remington Turkey Nitro Load
Location: Guilford County, North Carolina
Pictured (left to right):
Trophy Size: 23 pounds, 10-inch beard, 1-1/2-inch spurs
Trophy Species: Wild Turkey
Story: I left out at 3 a.m. and on my way, started talking to my best friend God. I said to him the only thing I ask for is for you to take care of my wife and little baby girl, but I really would like a turkey today, too. That morning I saw about three turkeys, but none really appealed to me so I continued to wait it out hoping for a bigger bird. It was around 4 p.m., and I was about to give up when I tried my slate call one last time, and all of a sudden I heard the thunder coming through the woods! I looked over and saw the most amazing bird I have ever seen! He came to the edge of the field, looked over my way, and I said God please don't let him see me! All of a sudden, he came charging at my decoy! He jumped all over him and started tearing him up so I had to fix that. I took off the safety and let it rip from 40- to 45 yards. He fell to the ground and my heart gave out. I have never been so happy, and I just knew I shot a trophy bird. If you read this story just remember to never give up and have faith in God!

Leave a Reply

Commenting Policy - We encourage open expression of your thoughts and ideas. But there are a few rules:

No abusive comments, threats, or personal attacks. Use clean language. No discussion of illegal activity. Racist, sexist, homophobic, and generally hateful comments are not tolerated. Keep comments on topic. Please don't spam.

While we reserve the right to remove or modify comments at our sole discretion, the Sportsman's Guide does not bear any responsibility for user comments. The views expressed within the comment section do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of The Sportsman's Guide.