Thursday, February 5, 2009

Iowa Youngster on the Hunt

In The Des Moines Sunday Register, out of Des Moines, IA. last weekend. This little 7 year old hunter's story from last April's season inspires all of us to keep trying... With the support of his family Andrew took his first turkey on the second day of the Iowa's 2008 Spring youth season. The weather was less than ideal, winds ranged between 30-40 miles per hour, mixed rain, sleet and snow . His dad said they had practiced for shots at 15 -20 yards,nothing over 30. However, if Andrew was to get a bird that day, before the two turkeys that came into view disappeared, Andrew would need to take a long shot of 41 yards. Andrew drew his Remington 870, positioned it in the shooting sticks as his dad called in the birds, his mom was catching the event on video. Success! He got a 20 pound gobbler with an 8-inch beard with 10 additional bristles that created another 2-inch beard. What a wonderful way to get a "First" turkey. In the presence of mom, dad, sister and brother, a family affair... ;)

10 comments:

SimplyOutdoors said...

That is too cool. I hope my family can create some memories like that.

Windyridge said...

and a video to boot!

Both my boys got a gobbler each in their first youth hunt opening days a few years ago. It was very exciting for them. Unfortunately I was not with them.

Deer Passion said...

That's an awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

CDGardens said...

Simply Outdoors - I too wish some hunting and fishing experiences together for your family.

In a year or two. ;)

wandering owl said...

We won't have to worry about this youngster losing interest in the outdoors!

CDGardens said...

Windyridge - That is great that your boys both got gobblers on their first hunts!

Have you been out after turkey?

CDGardens said...

Deer Passion - It is awesome to see one so young get a turkey with the shot he sent flying. ;)

CDGardens said...

Wandering Owl - It makes me smile to hear that the whole family was taking part in the hunt.

That is for sure, this little man will be nurtured in honing his hunting skills for the future.

Windyridge said...

Yes I have. The very first hour of my very first hunt, alone across the street. It was quite exciting. I shot a hen and my family heard the gun shot.

CDGardens said...

Windyridge - That makes the trip out to the field worthwhile. Congrats on the results of your past turkey hunt! ;)


Deer Passion - Thanks for stopping by...Yes, this story brings to the forefront some positive reinforcement for the cause of mentoring the young to hunt.