Stoeger Shotgun Delivers Record-Breaking Turkey to Florida Hunter

Stoeger Shotgun Delivers Record-Breaking Turkey to Florida Hunter
Stoeger Shotgun Delivers Record-Breaking Turkey to Florida Hunter

ACCOKEEK, Md.-(Ammoland.com)- Chris Echele was overdue for some time in the woods. An electric lineman by day, the Darlington, Fla., resident missed the entirety of his state's deer season on assignment in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Echele and his co-workers worked for several months to restore power to the American territory after Hurricane Maria. But with deer season long since completed by the time he returned home, Echele had to wait for the start of spring turkey season to get his time in the woods – and it's a time he won't soon forget.

On March 23, Echele used his Stoeger M2000 shotgun to take the next No. 1 Overall Atypical Eastern turkey in the state of Florida. With six beards – the shortest measuring 8.50 inches – inch-plus spurs and tipping the scales at 20 pounds, 6 ounces, Echele's record-breaking turkey has a total NWTF score of 152.3750. The turkey's overall score also makes it the No. 61 Overall Atypical Eastern Turkey in the nation. The turkey is expected to be officially certified as the new Florida record in the coming days.

With six beards - the shortest measuring 8.50 inches - inch-plus spurs and tipping the scales at 20 pounds, 6 ounces, Echele's record-breaking turkey has a total NWTF score of 152.3750.
With six beards – the shortest measuring 8.50 inches – inch-plus spurs and tipping the scales at 20 pounds, 6 ounces, Echele's record-breaking turkey has a total NWTF score of 152.3750.

“It's been wild. I never would have thought that an old country boy could end up with a state-record turkey. I was just out turkey hunting, having a good time,” Echele said. “I knew he was a grown tom, but I had no idea he had that many beards.”

Echele relied on his do-it-all Stoeger M2000 shotgun to take the bird at 60 yards. He acquired the shotgun about two years ago, setting out to purchase that specific model after being impressed by the M2000 owned by his brother-in-law. Since buying his own Stoeger, Echele relies on it exclusively for hunting deer, dove, squirrel, hogs and anything else he might pursue afield.

“It hasn't ever let me down and I don't expect it ever will,” Echele said. “It's a tough gun and super reliable. It's never failed to load, never jammed. With what I paid for it I feel like I got an amazing deal.”

For more information on Stoeger's line up of hard-working, best-in-class shotguns go here.

Chris Echele was overdue for some time in the woods.
Chris Echele was overdue for some time in the woods.

Chris Echele Turkey

  • Harvest Date/Location: March 23, 2018/Walton Co.
  • Method of Harvest: Stoeger M2000 shotgun
  • Sub-species: Eastern
  • Category: Atypical
  • Weight: 20 pounds, 6 ounces

Spur Measurements:

  • A – 1 inch
  • B – 1.25 inches

Beard Measurements:

  • Beard 1 – 10.8750 inches
  • Beard 2 – 8.50 inches
  • Beard 3 – 9 inches
  • Beard 4 – 8.50 inches
  • Beard 5 – 9.1250 inches
  • Beard 6 – 8.75 inches

TOTAL NWTF SCORE: 152.3750

Rank:

  • No. 1 Best Overall Score – Atypical Eastern in Florida
  • No. 61 Best Overall Score – Atypical Eastern in the Nation

About Stoeger Industries:Stoeger

Stoeger firearms deliver affordability and quality. Make Stoeger your source for hunting, cowboy action shooting, and home defense firearms, including double-barrel over & under shotguns, side-by-sides, semi-autos, pump-actions, pistols, and accessories.

For more information on Stoeger Industries, please visit their website.

  • 2
    Leave a Reply

    Please Login to comment
    1 Comment threads
    1 Thread replies
    0 Followers
     
    Most reacted comment
    Hottest comment thread
    2 Comment authors
    Christopher S Echelejoe martin Recent comment authors
      Subscribe  
    Notify of
    joe martin
    Guest
    joe martin

    Congratulations Chris! After finding out that Beretta bought out both Benelli and Stoeger I started checking out the Stoegers. I honestly didn’t care much for Stoegers by reputation before, but never owned one so was curious. I had owned a 12 gauge Benelle Montefeltro for a number of years until I gave it to my son, and loved the gun. I wanted a 20 gauge Benelli to replace the 12, but the prices have really skyrocketed since I bought the 12. I discovered that a couple of years back when Stoeger released the 12 gauge M2000 (the gun Chris used… Read more »

    Christopher S Echele
    Guest
    Christopher S Echele

    Thank you, I really do love my stoeger it is an awsome shooting gun.