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5/9: Turkey of the Week

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Updated: June 11, 2012 9:19AM

Tony Farinella and his son Andrew heard toms on the roost Saturday in Jo Daviess County, but some hens quieted them. After four hours, they repositioned 100 yards past two tons on a ridge. Farinella, a West Chicago accountant, did some soft calling.

“We never heard any gobbles, but, from experience, I knew that they might sneak in,’’ he emailed. “Sure enough, about 15 minutes later I saw that the two toms, one in full strut, had circled and approached from the opposite side.’’

After the first was bagged, things got odd.

“[The second] quickly went back into strut and charged his downed buddy and got on top of him and began spurring him!’’ Farinella emailed.

When it came out of spurring, Andrew, 15, made a good shot with his 20-gauge and had his fourth turkey, a 22-pounder with a 91/2-inch beard. His dad’s tom was a 17-pounder with a 10-inch beard. Both had 1-inch spurs.

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