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    Default Dad's Old Gun

    My dad passed away last summer and there was not a single morning this spring that he wasn't on my mind. My dad let me use his old Remington 1100 during my very first turkey season in 1995. I was lucky enough to get 2 gobblers that first spring with my dad's old gun and decided I wanted to kill one with it this spring in my dad's memory. I only hunted with the gun on days when I was hunting alone. I knew I'd be pretty emotional if I was lucky enough to kill one with it and that was certainly the case.

    The moment I pulled the trigger on this bird I was instantly flooded with emotions. The adrenalin rush from the hunt and all the memories of my dad and that old gun were overwhelming. I sat there with the bird and that old gun for what seemed like hours, just soaking it all in. I thought about turkey hunts of the past, life lessons my dad taught me, and memories we both made with that old gun. I thought about how life and turkey season are both too short and just how lucky I was to have such a damn good dad. At one point I looked down at the 54 year old shotgun and 25+ year old shotgun hull laying beside a dead turkey and chuckled at the sight. It's funny how both life and turkey hunting can be so simple and how we as humans unnecessarily complicate both of them. For a few hours there were no complications, just fond memories of past and present that I will carry with me forever. I'm sure my dad was watching the hunt from above and smiling down at the outcome.

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    Amen brother. Special tribute for sure!

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    Very cool. Thank for sharing
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    Great stuff, that's Awesome.

    I've got my late grandads that was passed to me that hasn't been in the woods since. And a box of his Activ shells like yours. I've been meaning to do the same.

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    Good stuff.

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    like
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    That is how you do turkey poetry!

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    This is what it is, and should be, about. Thank you for sharing, congrats on the fine turkey, and hope you are able to continue making memories with that old 1100 in the future.

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    Very nice tribute to your Dad. I guarantee you he was there. Congrats.
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    Great story and a fine gun. Love an old 1100

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    Congrats on the bird and thanks for sharing. Sorry about your dad but what a cool way to memorialize him killing the bird with his old 1100. Big smile over here reading about your hunt.
    I passed down my 1100 to my son 4-5 years ago and he's killed a bunch of critters with it. He finally upgraded to a newer gun this past season and gave me the 1100 back for a restoration project.
    Like others, I absolutely love an 1100.

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    And with an old school Activ shell too...

    I used to love me some Activ’s.
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    That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    I had a similar hunt with my great grandfather's old single barrel this weekend. Wasn't going to post it but after reading your write up, I think I will later.

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    Great story and tribute!

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    That's good stuff! Congrats.
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    Approve!

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    Thanks for sharing that.

    I like solo hunts, in places I find the people who mattered that are no longer with us.
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    Good Stuff for sure.

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    Your post is a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

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    best thing I have read today. thanks.
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