Chad Bell’s turkey-hunting experience is pretty comparable to a sleek Italian sports car: He went from zero to 60 mph in just a couple of seconds on a recent trip in the Big Black River bottoms north of Canton, Miss.

Bell, of Baton Rouge, had never connected with a gobbler until late last month — but it wasn’t for lack of effort. 

“We’ve been trying, or rather I’ve been hunting and my friends have been working, to get me my first turkey for years,” said Bell, 41. “On Sunday (March 29), I finally got it and that he had such a long beard, I figure the Good Lord was looking out for me.

“He gave me a good one that I can chase (to beat) the rest of my life.”

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