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After an incredible Florida Hog hunt, I was finally able to get back after those Pennsylvania longbeards! Gregg was fortunate enough to shoot a great bird on our first hunt. Since then, we have had many close calls on gobblers, but had not closed the deal. About a week ago, we hunted a bird we called MGM since he sounded like a lion! This bird would gobble hundreds of times just waiting for his hens to come to him. The last time we hunted him we thought we had him. We were within 100 yards on the roost and in a great spot. Just like old birds do, he flew down and went the other way gobbling the entire time.

We went to work on a plan. We needed to be down on his level when he flew down. We picked the perfect spot and spent the next half hour clearing a path to get to the trees quietly. Well, just our luck, this morning he roosted all the way in the bottom. We never made a sound until he hit the ground. He was strutting back and forth across the hollow for over an hour. He would gobble to everything we threw at him. Eventually, we decided to just shut up for a while. He couldn’t take it. He kept inching closer and closer. Gregg told him he loved him one last time and the next thing we knew he popped up in strut up on our side. He started to work up around us and eventually walked right in to 30 yards. I let the Remington bark and we had our first ever PA double season on camera. What a bird too. He had a double beard with one being a 10” paint brush, and 1 ¼ spurs. What a spring! We have worked really hard this spring in both Ohio and Pennsylvania and it finally paid off. Now how many days until bow season?