maybe a 4 or 5 inch beard, around 1 inch spurs. A deep, full roll gobble and a full tail fan. in range for 6 minutes, and maybe 8 yards at one point. would you have taken him? keep in mind its about midway through the season, with only one tag left.
took this fine longbeard around 10;30 on monday morning. he was scratching around in a planted corn field with a jake. I crawled into position about 5-10 yards from the field edge, set up camera tripod and made a few soft yelps. he gobbled and slowly began feeding my way. 15 minutes later their right on the field edge in front of me. the Jake even hops the ditch and comes over looking for me. he gives up and rejoins the gobbler. I tried to wait for an unobstructed camera view before taking the shot but they started moving off hard right and it was a now or never situation. It was a 10 or 15 yard shot through some twigs with 3'' #5 federal TT's. I didn't realize he had 3 beards until I was taking pics back at the house.