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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: springfeild twp,mercer co
First year of hunting for me son, he turned 12 in January, so spring gobbler was his first hunt carrying a gun. We shot clay pigeons quite a bit and he was pretty good at that so he figured a turkey would be a peice of cake. Bragged to his sisters there was no way he could miss a turkey, no way.
First morning they were gobbling good, and about a half hour after flydowm I called a big Jake up a little hill in front of us. We could hear him coming but couldn't see him till he popped over the hill 25 yds away in full strut. The "click" of the safety made him quit strutting and pick his head up, boom. He ducks and goes right back down over the hill, and my son jumps up and goes over the where the turkey was standing expecting to find him there. No turkey, he cannot beleive he missed. An hour later a repeat performance, this time on a nice Tom at about 35 yds. Ok, we were hunting behind our house so his sisters heard the 2 shots and they knew I didn't have a gun with me, so they were ready when we got back. Several lessons learned that day, keep your head down when shooting and keep your mouth shut til you've actually done something.
Monday morning he redeemed himself with a nice tom, but saturdays lessons had sunk in so he wasn't quite so cocky after that