Rich McCullough, of Waterford, had an eventful spring gobbler season.
McCullough and his daughter, Kristi, doubled up on a pair of Toms that sashayed to their setup at 6:45 a.m. opening day. Kristi, using a Remington 11-87, shot an 18-pound bird that had an 8-inch beard.
Rich, with his Benelli Super Black Eagle, shot a 22 1/2-pound gobbler that had an 8 1/2-inch beard.
Rich also filled a New York tag while hunting in the Catskills with Peter Grace, 11, of Concord, N.H. Rich’s gobbler went 23 1/2 pounds and had a 10 1/4-inch beard and 1 3/8-inch spurs. Peter’s first gobbler weighed 19 pounds and had a 9-inch beard and 3/4-inch spurs.