2017 Spring Turkey hunting reports and photos from the McManus Camp are posted below. Click on a photo to enlarge it and get more information.
Hunt 2 April 7-10
In camp for the second and final McManus Camp spring turkey hunt were four Mississippi hunters. They were Kenny Granberry, Raymond, MS; son Michael from Madison; son-in-law Dustin Barrick, also from Madison; and their friend Adam Thibodeaux from Florence.
All four hunters took two gobblers/each. 200% success on the last hunt. Don't get no better than that.
The heaviest bird, at 22 lbs., was taken by Dustin Barrick. Best spurs were on the first gobbler taken by Adam Thibodeaux - 1 1/4" x 1 3/16". Longest beard honors were tied at 9 3/8" between Kenny and Michael.
What a way to end the season.
Hunt 1 April 1 - 4
Four amigos, all of whom work with animal health or nutrition, were on hand for the kickoff turkey hunt at the McManus Camp. Interestingly, all four live in different states: they were Andy Holtcamp, Crawford, MS; Mark FitzSimmons, Eagle Lake, MN; Todd Kelly, Princeton, MO; and Russ Nugent, Lowell, AR.
The hunt got underway Saturday afternoon in spectacular fashion, about as good as it can get. All four called-in and collected birds. When a huge thunderstorm passed through the area early Sunday morning, the hunters wisely decided to sleep-in. That afternoon Todd Kelly coaxed a bird in with his call and put his tag on Bird # 2. But Andy got impatient and missed a bird that had started to leave the area. Was that shot too far? Crime scene detectives have not yet made their determination. Unfortunately, Andy had to clock-out of camp early for a meeting somewhere. Such events should be postponed until the conclusion of turkey season.
On the next afternoon, Mark, Todd and Russ all hunted hard until the heat of the day drove Russ and Todd back to camp with Russ toting in Bird # 2. Meanwhile, Mark stayed out until sunset doing his best calling but hearing no gobble. Wouldn't you know it? As his ride showed up, a nearby tom gobbled at the noisy pickup. How frustrating is that?
The big event of the hunt happened to Todd Kelly. That hot afternoon, Todd just did not feel right. Long story-short: Beaver took Todd to the emergency room, a super-wise decision made by both men - Beaver for offering, and Todd for accepting. Turns out, Todd was having a heart attack. Several hours later, Todd had a new stint installed and was scheduled for another a day or two later. The few days in the hospital had him looking fine with no apparent malfunctions. Indeed, when I visited him, he acted like any turkey hunter, full of stories and tales about his adventures with Beaver. He will, of course, be placed on our prayer list for a full and speedy recovery.
So Hunt One at the McManus Camp saw four hunters put six birds on the tally sheet, all of which were mature gobblers. There might have been others if Andy hadn't left early. There were a couple of twenty-pounders, a couple of 11-inch beards and some 1 1/4" spurs, too. But not all on the same turkeys.