David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC harvested this excellent 18 lb. bird at Blewett
Falls Lake near Mountain Creek, Anson County, NC this 2008 spring
season. He called several ole boys in using my field grade "Dual
Hens" box call. His camera date needs setting!
Mason Krol better known as "Frog" from
Stanly County, NC harvested this 21 lb. long
beard sporting an 11 inch beard and 1 inch length spurs in Anson
County NC using a Charles Daly 20 gauge youth gun with # 6 Hevi-Shot.
Greg Cook, Stanly County NWTF Banquet Co-Chairman narrates Frog's Opening Day 2008 Turkey Harvest.
Click the link to bring up the .mp3 sound file.
Greg Cook and Frog with a pair of magnificent Anson County
Long Beards harvested during the 2007 season.
Frog aka Mason Krol with his 23 lb. gobbler with a 11
inch beard and 1.250 inch spurs taken in Anson County, NC. Frog is one
serious turkey hunter. That smile says it all! The ole Long
Beard is about as big as Frog.
Frog with his 2008 turkey harvest. Frog uses one of my
early Porter "Prototype" Dual Hens Box Calls. You can
see how much Frog has grown in one year in this picture versus the one above
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC with a 23 lb. "Boss Gobbler" 2007 spring
season. John has been using my calls for two years now and very
satisfied! John is a serious and dedicated hunter and "Top Flight"
in all that he does.
An Anson County, NC 20 lb. gobbler harvested by yours truly Bill
Porter. This ole boy was beak to beak with my jake decoy and he lost
his head over a few seductive yelps from my box call with the visual image
of a jake decoy about to breed the hen decoy. What the thoughts of love
will do to one! Go ahead and grin because you know it is the truth.
Quinton Thompson of Mt. Gilead, NC harvested this wiry 18
lb. gobbler during the 2007 spring season. Quinton has been field testing
my calls for two years and owns one of my custom calls in addition to the
field grade "Dual Hens" model call.
Ralph Carpenter with a couple Eastern long beards harvested
in 2007. Ralph has been field testing my calls for the past two years
and hunts all over the United States. Can't remember who was hunting with
him at the time of this pix.
Donald Campbell aka Duck of Halifax, NC harvested this gobbler on
opening day of our North Carolina 2008 spring season.
Pix of the results of a custom Cocobolo wood deluxe predator call by Ernie
This call can be easily "tuned" by the operator for various
Virginia McSwain of Polkton, NC Spring 2008 with her
first turkey under the guidance of good friend and turkey hunter John Gaddy
also from Polkton, NC. Congratulations to Virginia on a fine hunt and
Bill Porter and opening day 21 lb. long beard on April 14,
2001...came to a box call.
An excellent ole gobbler Quinton Thompson called in
2005...his camera date is not accurate.
Quinton Thompson harvested this 18 lb. Anson County, NC
gobbler on 04-20-06. Read the details of the hunt in the Hunting Stories
section of this site.
Greg Cook of Stanly County, NC with a 2008 spring hunt long
beard harvested with a Porter Dual Hens box call.
Randy Steele of Cason's Old Field, NC with a 20 lb. long
beard sporting a 10.5 inch beard and 1 & 1 1/8 inch spurs harvested on April
Quote Jim Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas with a Rio Grande gobbler
harvested on 04-13-09, "Hi Bill , the
call works fine, I had a little tough
time because they had already bred and the Gobblers were not coming to a
call very good, I had been practicing a lot with the Call and I got him to
respond to the Cackle and brought him on in, we have had a lot of high wind
and the hunting was pretty hard, this picture isn't very good! My
buddy took it ,must have moved the camera, Have you been Hunting yet? Later,
Jim." "Yea, I forgot all the details, Rio Grande, 8 in beard, 1 in.
spurs, about 20 lb, dressed out a little over 14 lbs, I'm going to fry him
with your recipe! Mossberg 12 Gauge 3 in. Magnum at about 55 yards,
Bill aka Mickey Porter harvested this Southern Anson County,
NC long beard on 04-15-09 at 0645 hours. Long beard weighed 20 lbs.,
10.25 inch beard and 7/8 inch length spurs. Taken at 35 yards with a
Remington 11-87 Super Magnum using Remington Hevi-Shot # 5, 1 3/4 oz. @ 1300
fps and Briley .675 choke tube.
Todd Haverkost of Memphis, TN harvested this beautiful
two year old bird with a 10 inch beard and 3/4 inch length spurs in April
2009. Todd has one of my Dual Hens calls.
Douglas Pettigrew of Reidsville, NC with a bird harvested on
04-18-09. Doug is my #1 Brother-in-law and has a couple of my turkey
calls field testing them in his neck of the woods.
Robin McCollum, proprietor of The Sportsman's Closet, LLC in
Wadesboro, NC harvested this excellent long beard on April 25, 2009 using
one of Porter Custom Calls Dual Hens box calls.
Mason Krol aka Frog of Stanly County, NC harvested this
beautiful long beard on Youth Day on private land in Anson County, NC.
Turkey weighed 19 lbs., 10 inch beard and 1 inch length spurs. Frog
uses an early Porter Dual Hens prototype call. Frog is one serious and
Greg Cook of Stanly County, NC harvested the above 21 lb.
long beard with a 10 inch beard and 1 1/8 inch spur lengths on 04-27-09 at
around 0715 hours. The ole long beard lost part of his head from
Greg's shot. Also, I noticed Greg's Porter Dual Hens custom box call
in action again.
George Aldridge of Oakboro, NC harvested this long beard
in May 2009 ....he emailed pixs of two long beards he harvested using my Dual Hens box call.
Another fine long beard by George Aldridge from Oakboro,
NC during the 2009 season. Looks like those Porter field grade Dual
Hens box calls are talking the talk and the Long Beards are walking the walk
and I might add their last walk and final strut too! The above long
beard's beard became detached from him after George fired the fatal shot.
Ralph Carpenter left in pix and John Watson from Wadesboro, NC with a
pair of nice
long beards harvested on May 2, 2009. Ralph is one of my earliest field
testers for my Dual Hens box calls.
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC with a 23 lb. Anson County long
beard sporting an 11" beard and 3/4 inch spurs harvested on opening day
April 10, 2010. John was surrounded by several turkeys and got this
ole boy around 0740 hours. The ole tom was hot and answered several
different calls including his trusty
Porter Field Grade call with a poplar
base and cedar lid. We were surprised at the weight of the bird and
only 3/4" length spurs. Normally around here, the spurs should have
been over 1 1/8" length for a bird of that weight and beard length.
Bill Porter with a 21 lb. Long Beard harvested on 04-16-10
at about 0906 hours with a 10 inch beard and 7/8 inch spurs that came
in to a hen and jake set-up with a jake tagging along. The Remington
12 gauge 11-87, 3 1/2 inch Super-Mag with the
Black Diamond choke tube and Hevi-Shot Magnum blend of 2 1/4 oz. of 5, 6 and
7 size shot bowled him over at 25 yards right before he was about to attack
the jake decoy. Used one of my Porter Field Grade
with base made from West
Virginia Black Walnut and a Cedar lid from Anson County.
David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC with a 19 lb. long beard with a
10 inch beard and 1" spurs. David used a Porter Custom
Dual Hens box call made from
Eastern Red Cedar wood harvested by David himself and a slate call combination to
get him within gun range and headed toward giblets and gravy!
Donald Campbell of Halifax, NC with a excellent Long Beard
harvested on 04-21-10. Quote Donald aka Duck, "I walked around the
edge of a freshly plowed field the other day and saw his track and some
dusting; went back Wednesday morning and blew the owl hooter one time and he
gobbled about 100 yards back in the woods. Stuck a decoy 25 yards out
in the field and set up in the edge of the woods and gave some yelps, purrs
and clucks with the Porter Custom Dual Hens Box and he gobbled. Within
10 minutes, here he comes, BOOM! 19 lbs. and 10 inch beard.
(Good Sounding Call), thanks Duck."
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC with a 21 lb. Long Beard with 1
1/4 inch spurs and a 11 3/16 inch length beard. John Gaddy aka "Big
John" got this ole boy on 05-07-10 and filled his NC turkey tags closing the
deal on this ole boy at around 0730 hours. The Long Beard came to his
calling and was within 10 yards of his blind and headed for his Spread Wing
Jake decoy and toppled the ole boy between 30 to 35 yards. John used
his Browning BSP 3 1/2 inch super magnum shotgun and Magnum Blend Hevi-Shot.
John has an early Porter Prototype Dual Hens box call made out of poplar
with a cedar lid and this call has a higher pitch sound than my current
calls. Click on
sound for a
few yelps from this 2007 call.
Bill Porter with a two year old Long Beard harvested on
04-13-11; weighted 15 lbs., 9.5 inch length beard and 5/8" and 3/4" length
spurs. See Hunting 2011 link for
details of the opening turkey season hunting with Randy Steele of Cason's
Old Field, NC.
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC harvested this nice three year old
Long Beard that weighed 19 lbs., 10 inch beard and 1 inch spur lengths on
04-15-11 at about 7:16 A.M. Long Beard gobbled about 20 minutes prior
to the harvest time and came in after some seductive yelping, clucks and
some purrs from a slate call. John had to lean over on a 3 leg stool
shooting from his portable blind and got off balance and when the shot was
fired, "Big John" was on the ground with both feet in the air. The
Long Beard was less than 10 yards from his blind and literally severed the
ole boys head with only a few shreds of meat holding his head onto his neck.
Long time friend Jim Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas
harvested the above Gobbler on 04-09-11 in Peaster, Texas which is about 10
miles from Weatherfold, Texas....Long Beard weighed 23 lbs. sporting an 11
inch beard and 1 1/4 inch length spurs.. Jim said the Porter Dual Hens
box call was working fine as evidenced by the pix.
Randy Steele of Cason's Old Field, Anson County NC harvested
an excellent 18 lb. Gobble on 04-18-11 sporting a 9 inch beard and 5/8 inch
spurs. Randy used a glass call and some sweet clucks to get this ole
boy in and took less than half an hour. A classic Text Book Example of
how to do it.
"Big" John Gaddy of Polkton, NC harvested this excellent
Long Beard on opening day of our Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Season
on 04-14-12 at about 1045 making a 58 yard shot with his Browning Pump 3 1/2
inch 12 gauge Magnum fitted with a Rhino Choke tube and Hevi-13 Magnum Blend
shot. The ole boy weighed 21 lbs. sporting an 11 inch beard and had
only one (1) 1 inch length spur with other one broken off.
Bill Porter harvested this Long Beard on opening day of our
annual Spring turkey season on 04-13-13 at about 0730; weighed 21 lbs., 10
inch beard and spurs were 1 1/4 and 1 inch in length.
Bill Porter harvested another Long Beard on 04-16-13 tagging
out for this 2013 season. Long Beard weighed 18 lbs. with a 9 1/2 inch
length beard and spurs were 7/8 and 15/16 inch in length. View my
hunting 2013 page.
My # 1 Brother-in-Law Douglas Pettigrew of Reidsville, NC
harvested this great looking Long Beard during the Spring 2013 season.
Will post the details at a later date.
Bill Porter harvested the above two year old Long Beard on
04-29-14 with a weight of 17.5 lbs., beard length 9 3/4 inches and spurs 3/4
and 5/8 inch length.
Randy Steele of Casons Oldfield, NC with a 17 pound Long
Beard harvested on 05-03-14 with a 10 inch beard and 3/4 inch length spurs.
Bill Porter with his tag out turkey harvested on 05-05-14
and weighed 17 pounds, 10 3/4 inch length beard and 1 inch length spurs.
A nice way to finish our 2014 Spring turkey season.
2015 TURKEY HUNTING SEASON
Jimmy Rodgers of Rockingham, NC harvested a couple good Long
Beards on 04-15-15 and 04-16-15. The first Long Beard was 20 lbs., 10
1/2 inch beard and 1 inch spurs. The second Long Beard was 23 lbs.,
11 1/4 inch beard and 1 1/8 inch spurs. Below a few pixs to document
Capt. Rodgers is the only one of the Pro-Team staff that has
harvested a turkey this hunting season so far!
My Number One Brother-in-Law, Douglas Pettigrew, Reidsville,
NC harvested this excellent Long Beard on 04-27-15; 10 1/2 inch beard, 1
1/16 inch spurs and a weight of 20 lbs. (estimate); a
good 2 year old bird. Douglas used one of my custom box calls to get
the ole boy in for his final gobble. Only in the blind 15 minutes, hunt over before
it got started....grin Brother Doug!
David Griffin of Stanly County, NC harvested the below Long Beard on 04-24-15 at
the Pee Dee Refuge Anson County, NC. The Long Beard sported a 10 1/2 inch length beard, 1 1/4
inch spurs and a weight of 20 lbs. Photo taken by Greg Cook using
David's IPhone after fumbling around with the "smart phone."
Randy Steele of Casons Old Field, NC harvested the below
Long Beard early on 05-01-15. Long Beard had dual beards, 10 inches
and 3 inches in length, 1 inch spur length and weighted 17 pounds.
Randy donated the breast fillets to yours truly and he will
get invited to a fine
Wild Turkey Breast Stir Fry meal in the
2016 TURKEY HUNTING SEASON
Douglas Pettigrew my No. 1 Brother-in-Law of Reidsville, NC
harvested the above long beard on opening day 04-09-16 at approx. 6:45 P.M.
Doug used a wing bone and one of my box calls to get the ole boy in.
He had a 10 inch beard, 1 1/8 inch length spurs with a guesstimated weight
between 17 to 20 lbs. Should be some good
turkey nuggets and/or wild turkey breast
Brother Doug is the first Pro-Team staff member to tag a long beard
this 2016 Spring turkey hunting season.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 04-09-16.
PETTIGREW TAG OUT HUNT 04-10-16
Douglas Pettigrew harvested his tag out Long Beard this
morning and wrapped up a super successful 2016 Spring turkey hunting season
in very short order. The ole boy's beard was approx. 10 inches in
length and spurs were 1 1/8 inches in length and about the same weight as
the one picture above.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 04-10-16.
RANDY STEELE'S LONG BEARD 04-15-16
Above Randy Steele with his long beard harvest on 04-15-16
at about 0800 hours. Long Beard sported a 9.5 inch beard, 1 1/8 inch
length spurs and 19.5 lbs. The ole boy will makes some "beautimous"
turkey nuggets and wild breast turkey stir fry.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 04-26-16.
JOHN GADDY AND LONG BEARD 05-03-16
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC harvested the above long beard at
high noon on 05-03-16. Long Beard weight was 19.5 lbs., 11 inch beard,
spurs; 1 3/8 and 1 1/8 inch length. John worked the old boy for several
hours and a hen came out bringing the ole boy with her. John laid him
down with his Browning pump shotgun at about 35 yards distance. John
left me a message on our answering machine to get the grease hot. He
brought him by and we separated those beautimous breast from his carcass
will make some wonderful
Wild Turkey Breast Stir Fry and/or
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 05-03-16.