Thursday, April 8, 2010

California Longbeard

Just in from California (April 2-6).

Great hunt with Jim Martinez of Santa Lucia Outfitters, and Chad Wiebe, taxidermist & guide (Central Coast Taxidermy). Everybody killed gobblers. A big boar was also taken on the last day. Highly recommended operation.

Did some research, and the big Rio I shot with Wiebe scores no. 7 all-time for California Rios. Cool bird: 11-in. beard, 1.5-in. spurs, and 21 pounds. I can still hear the close-range drumming in my ears. --SH