Old 04-02-2012, 09:44   #1
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Youth season

I had the opportunity to take this young man hunting this weekend during Missouri's spring youth turkey season. Fantastic hunt. Had two nice gobblers strutting in a field just out of range for about 15 minutes, hens running everywhere. Beautiful morning, turkeys gobbling in every direction. This gobbler was a couple years old, weighed 22lbs, 10-inch beard.

Birds kind of hung up in the field, so I had the kid low-crawl (which he did incorrectly, but we will work on that later) up to the edge of a field. He put the barrel of the shotgun on a small stump. He was shaking so bad that I could hear the barrel squeaking on the stump.

I loaded up my benelli with an Indian Creek choke tube, #6 shot, 3 1/2 inch magnums. The kid shoots on a trap team, but I was still a little worried that this was a lot of gun. He said that he didn't even feel the gun kick when he tripped the trigger.

He had just lost a parent about 8 weeks ago. I will never forget this hunt.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:46   #2
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:53   #3
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Awesome gobbler! I have to say I am jealous over that one.

More importantly, that was a great thing you did for that young man! That is a lifetime memory that both of you will never forget. Good job!
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Old 04-02-2012, 13:16   #4
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That's good stuff. Should the mods move it to Feather?
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Old 04-02-2012, 15:18   #5
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That's good stuff. Should the mods move it to Feather?
Crap. Yeah.
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Old 04-02-2012, 16:07   #6
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He had just lost a parent about 8 weeks ago. I will never forget this hunt.
Well done, sir. That is awesome!
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:01   #7
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Congratulations on what sounds like a great hunt. Good on you for taking the kid. We need everyone to do that.

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Old 04-03-2012, 10:00   #8
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Nice job Craig. Looks like fun.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:50   #9
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A very nice thing to do for the kid.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:00   #10
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Congratulations to you both,,
Great looking bird,,
Your good deed will not go unnoticed..

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Old 04-11-2012, 15:44   #12
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A very nice thing to do for the kid.
I totally concur.........

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Old 04-11-2012, 17:24   #13
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Take me next time.....

(well done!)
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Old 04-13-2012, 16:07   #14
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Nice bird. That thing's almost as big as he is.
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Old 04-13-2012, 18:14   #15
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Need pics of said Benelli.
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