Originally created 03/28/04

Youngster nabs first turkey

This huge gobbler must have looked as big as a golf cart to 12-year-old Ryan Crouch, who bagged his first big turkey during an opening day hunt with his dad, Stan Crouch, on Sat., March 20.

The bird weighed 19 pounds and had two beards measuring 9 and 5 inches. Stan called the bird using both a mouth and box call, and Ryan took the shot with his Remington 20 gauge. The Blythe, Ga., youngster nick-named his gobbler "the double-bearded monster." Georgia's turkey season is under way now through May 15.

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