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  • Two Days, Three Birds

    After harvesting three turkeys with his granddad earlier this season, Kyle McCutchen of Bishopville doubled with his dad last Friday in Lee County, marking the third time in as many seasons that the father/son team has doubled up.

    Last Thursday evening, McCutchen was hunting alone and had two longbeards come in to his decoys. He decided to hold off on shooting them, and to bring his dad back the next morning. 'They were strutting around and gobbling right in my decoys for over an hour,' McCutchen said, 'and they finally eased off just before dark where they roosted in some nearby trees.'

    The next morning, with his dad sitting beside him, McCutchen called the same birds in straight off the roost. The two harvested the birds just after daylight. Both gobblers had 1 1/4-inch spurs, and one sported a 10-inch beard and weighed 17 pounds. The other bird had an 11-inch beard, but weighed a surprisingly light 13 pounds.

    Still holding on to 3 of his unfilled tags with the season waning, McCutchen hunted again that afternoon and killed an 18.5 pound bird with 1 1/2-inch spurs and a 10 1/2-inch beard.

    Proclaiming his season over, McCutchen was talked into calling for a friend Saturday morning in Kershaw County on property McCutchen had never hunted before. The challenge of calling on unfamiliar land is what McCutchen loves most about turkey hunting, and he successfully called a gobbler in for his friend to shoot. McCutchen brought his gun only as a backup, a wise move since his partner winged the bird, which rolled and then came up running. McCutchen put his bead on the gobbler's head and put him down for good.

    This bird weighed 19 pounds, had 1 1/4-inch spurs and an 11-inch beard, and was the third gobbler McCutchen killed in two days, and the fourth to meet his demise at McCutchen's calling.

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter