Chief that is too cool, I would love to see some of them in the wild. I may have to go out again late this spring to look for them once again. A 30\" Mudpuppy is amazing! I was camping in TN once and some of the kids in the group went trout fishing. They soon came running back telling us of a huge salamander they had seen under the water near some boulders. As soon as they said that I ASSUMED it would be a Hellbender (salamander). I didn't go to look for it as they said I would have to wade across the stream in multiple places to get there, and it was in boulders, and I figured it would be gone by the time we made it back. Now I wish I would have went to take a look. Sadly enough most of the streams here are far from being pristine. The lack of certain types of reptiles and amphibians is really a downer for me. Hardly ever see a Ringneck Snake, Hognose, Corn Snake, or Milk Snake here anymore. When you are catching the Mudpuppies what is the average depth you are catching them in?
Thanks Shroomy, I didn't weigh him but would guess 20-22 lbs. He had the longest beard of 3 longbeards that slipped in silently. I live in Eastern Ohio and have been pretty excited about getting to hunt afternoons. In ohio it hasn't been legal to hunt after noon. That changed this past monday. Got pretty lucky really as I was hunting a property that I really haven't turkey hunted much. Went in one morning last week and heard one gobbling on the roost. Couldn't get him to come mya way that day so ysesterday afternoon decided to set up high on this saddle that connected to the roost area. Couldn't see real far, but knew it should work IF he came from the direction I thought he would. I sat there for about an hour and a half doing some very light calling. Out of nowhere I see this head pop up directly in front of me at 35 yards. Then 2 more appeared. By the time I got a chance to look them over and pick out the one with the longest beard they had closed the distance to 25 yards. The story ended with the report of my mossberg 535 xx full choke turkey gun. He had a 10 3/4\" beard and 7/8\" and 1\" spurs respectively.
5Prong that is a cool story and nice bird. I have killed birds and set people up almost exactly how you did. It works great in the evenings, as well as mornings when the birds dont want to gobble. I figured when you tagged the bird in you would have paid attention to the weight. Weight of birds always interest me in the different parts of the country. The average adult bird for this area is 18-22 lbs. from what I have seen and I have seen ALOT. Largest I have ever killed was 29 lbs. and that's been quite a few years ago. ANYHOW, congrats again man, way to adapt to a situation.
Chief that looks like alot of fun as well as eating! Congrats to you on the kills/catches. How did you do on the morels this past season?