Originally created 05/07/00
Hunters find success during Turkey season
Georgia's spring gobbler season included successful outings for many Augusta-area hunters.
Charlie L. Raines of Belvedere, S.C., harvested his first-ever gobbler this season using a 12 gauge shotgun while hunting in Jefferson County, Ga. The bird weighed 19 pounds and had a 9 3/4 -inch beard.
Cousins Jerome Parker (left) of Sardis, Ga., and Ryan Mobley of Girard harvested wonderful gobblers while hunting together in Burke County. Parker's bird weighed 17' pounds and had a 10'-inch beard, while Mobley's gobbler weighed 19' pounds and had a 9'-inch beard.
Julian Smith of Hephzibah harvested two birds while hunting in south Richmond County. The gobblers weighed 19 and 17 pounds and represented Smith"s first double in four years of turkey hunting. The gobblers were killed four seconds apart while approaching a decoy.
Joseph Whitaker, 14, of Harlem, downed two gobblers with a single shot from a single-barrel 12-gauge during a turkey hunt in Lincoln County. The birds had 9-inch beards. They were Joseph's first turkeys, taken on the youngster's first turkey hunt.
Georgia's turkey season, which ends May 15, is the longest season in the United States and has a three-bird bag limit.