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Trophy Tom! Young Kentucky Hunter Takes 37.6 Pound World-Record Gobbler With Stoeger M2000

March 30, 2016

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What do you do for a turkey-hunter’s grand finale when you’re 22 years old and just shot the world record Eastern Wild Turkey? That’s the quandary for Kentucky native David Cody Guess, who just bagged the 37.6-pound bird with his well-worn Stoeger.

Guess was just four days into the 2015 spring season on his family’s Lyon County farm, hunting a “blue-sky perfect April morning any turkey hunter would love” when he called the gargantuan gobbler in close and dispatched him with one shot from just eight yards away. “I’d heard some high-pitched calls that morning but I usually just go after the deep gobbles so I wasn’t that confident,” remembers Guess. “But I got up on a ridge and when I yelped a couple of times, he answered right away and then I heard him scratching. He came in fast right at me, like he was on a string—he never knew I was there when I shot him.”

Guess spoke quickly as he replayed the 7 a.m. record-breaking moment, the excitement still in his voice as he described walking up on the gobbler after it was down. “I didn’t really think about it being a world record—I just knew he was huge!” Guess’s trophy was a veteran; with a thick, short 9-¾ inch beard, the old bird had some obvious beard rot, and the 1-¼ inch spurs were beaten up and dulled from fighting and sparring. Read more