Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 ACGP Spring Turkey Season Harvest Report

ACGP Turkey Committee  Turkey season is complete and several members scored birds.  This was a challenging season.  There were a total of 24 birds harvested with Frank Jankowski scoring two birds on the property.  The average was 19 pounds and 10” beard length and over 1” spur length.  Bennett M. Jr. scored the largest ACGP gobbler at 20# 7 oz..   Six other birds were harvested in NJ off the property with John Brudon leading the charge with three birds averaging 19#.  Lou Gambale took five birds including two in North Carolina, two Rio Grandes in Kansas and an Osceola in Florida.  “Jakes” taking birds were Bennett M., Jr., Dakota B., and Anthony H., Jr.  

The full report for the 2012 Tri-County LongBeard Challenge Results Headquartered at the Atlantic County Game Preserve is...

Hunter                   Weight      Spurs L/R      Beard     Score

Joe Tomasello     17lbs        7/8 & 7/8          9.5     53.
Nick Weiss          19 /14       1 in. & 15/16    8        55.25
Nick Weiss          19/14        11/4& 1 13/16  11      66.25
Jim Bottino          19             1 in. & 7/8        10.5   58.75
Mike Boney         19.5           7/8 & 7/8         10      57
Mike Boney         21.5           1 5/16/11/4      9.5/8   81.9375
Lou Gambale       17/12         15/16& 1 in.    9 ¼     55.625
Lou Gambale       22/3oz        1 1/8 & 11/4   10.5    66.94
Pete D’Adamo     18 ¼           1 & 1 in.         9.5      57.25
John Brudon        18              1 & 1 Inch      10       58.00
John Brudon        13/6oz       ½ & ½             4.5      32.38
John Brudon        21              1 & 1In.          9 ¾     60.50

Average: (Mature Birds) 19.39 lbs   1.05 (Spurs) 10.5' Beard.
Average (Jakes Harvested)  14.86         ½                  5' Beard                  

JAKES: (Youth Hunters)

Tyler B                        18/6oz        1 1/16 & 11/8           10in.            60.25
Hunter B                     19.5              11/4 & 11/4            10.5             65.50
Bennett   Jr.                 20/7oz        11/4 & 11/4              10in             65.44
Anthony H                   16lb              ½ & ½                     5in              36.00
Dakota B                     15 lb             ½ & ½                     5.5 in.         37.00

Tri County Challenge winners:
Mike Boney ( Non-Typical)  81.9375
Hunter B.        (Typical)        65.50

Facts:  A total of  17 Birds were harvested in NJ by our Chapter members additionally there were a few that also were harvested due to wide patterns 
bringing the total harvested in state to 20.

Of the 20 Birds our Youth hunters harvested 7 of the birds or 35%.
There were 3 1st time Hunters that also harvested birds.
Congratulations to all the 1st year Turkey hunters.

Anthony H Jr.
Bennett M Jr.
Pete D’Adamo

Also our Chapter hunters hunting out of State had a great year as well
Harvesting 12 birds in 4 States West Virginia ( Pete Bacon) North Carolina 
(Lou Gambale,Nick Weiss,Bob Fenton, Pete Bacon). Florida(Lou Gambale) &       Kansas ( Jim Bottino & Lou Gambale)

Some other highlights Jim Bottino took his 1st bird with his Bow after many and I mean Many almosts. I got my 1st with a crossbow on my 1st hunt using it. Also I was able to complete my 2nd Grand Slam of which I’m very thankful for.

So in total what might have shaped up to be a challenging year resulted in 32 birds harvested by our Chapter members and best of all a huge contribution from our Jakes and 1st time hunters.

Can’t wait for next year!!!!  I mean Fall Turkey Season

Pass On The Tradition,  Longbeard Lou

P.S.  See you at the Tri-County Longbeard's 2012 Banquet and Auction to be held at the Weymouth Fire Hall on Saturday August 25th. 

More information, sponsorship and registration forms available at


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fathers & Sons Turkey A Hunting Tradition

It all started over a year ago in May 2011, then one thing led to another.  Lou Gambale, Chairman of the ACGP Turkey Committee, and President of the newly formed NWTF National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter, the TLC Tri-County Longbeards,  invited his friend Bennett to the 1st Annual TCL Banquet Dinner Auction, held last September at the Weymouth Fire Hall in Mays Landing.  Bennett was so enthusiastic about turkey hunting, he came on board as a corporate sponsor with his business,  He attended the banquet where I first met him, and offered to show him around the Game Preserve, and talk turkey.  He was hooked! And joined just in time to participate in Youth Day for the Spring 2012 Turkey Season, on Saturday April 21.

It was shaping up to be a great day!  Lou had put together a Youth Day Challenge, based on NWTF scoring guidelines, where by they would be entitled to special recognition for harvesting a bird, and possibly be entered into the record books for qualifying scores.  We had over six dads and Granddads with their Youth Hunters that day; Lou S., Ron S,. Joe R., Pete D., John B., including Bennett.

I met he and his son, Bennett Jr. at about 5:00 AM at the Field Camp.  It was perfect weather, in the mid to upper 50's, clear and no wind.  It was looking to be a great day for the turkey hunters.  We set up on the edge of a chufa field, which had been planted for the past three or four years, next to another field of sorghum and clover.  The turkeys had been tearing up the chufa all winter and spring, and had been scouted around the area.  

Jr. was loaded and patiently looking for birds. Dad  made the first yelps at shooting time shortly past 6 AM.  I followed with a few yelps and other calls of my own.  We waited for a good half hour till sunrise to call again, by then the fields and forest had come alive with birds and animals; still no gobbles to be heard or  seen.  We waited patiently for another hour, before moving about 500 yards towards field 1, along the Peasley Wildlife Management Area, where we set up and called along the field, woods and back again.  Still no responses.  Patience! I said. A bird can show up anytime, anywhere unannounced.  You have to assume they will be coming in quiet, so beware. No sudden moves. By 9 AM we ended up almost where we started.  Breakfast was calling, but I insisted we give it one more try.  We sat down just inside the pines next to the field facing a swampy spung area and I made a few different yelps, cuts, and gobbles followed by some purrs.  NOTHING in response.  

After 20 minutes it was time for breakfast.  I stood up, and there were two big toms 20 yards to our left,  that had come up quietly from the swamp, not making a sound.  For a moment, it was a standoff!  Then I told Jr. to shoot!  The first shot winged him, but the second shot was a clean kill.  Dad and son quickly walked over to claim the prize; 20 lbs 7 ounces, 10 inch beard, 1 inch  spurs.  What an experience!  First time turkey hunting for two new hunters, on opening day of turkey season.  A memory that will last a lifetime!  

Dad and son in the field of clover just in front of the woods where the bids came up from.

It is a unique privilege to guide, and mentor new hunters!  A tradition that was passed down to me from my brother Fran, and an Atlantic County Game Preserve tradition that has been repeated for Sportsmen and Sportswomen for generations.  Remember-Practice Safe, Ethical Hunting.  Pass it on.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Turkey Season 2012

‎18 lbs. 10" beard 1"spur
Spring turkey season is in full swing at ACGP.  J. Sykes missed a nice gobbler and P. D'Adamo joined the ranks of the Tenth Legion. Only Turkey Hunters would understand this. Folks really enjoyed hearing about his adventure. We think he's hooked.

Let us know how you are making out this season.