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Springtime had finally arrived and my stepdaughter Mallory Bush and I had been looking forward to the Kentucky youth season for several weeks. Especially since she didnt get to hunt last Spring due to obligations with school activities.

We decided to take her older brother Layton with us to run the camera, that would allow me to do the calling as well as decoy placement, etc. She is not much for hunting out of blinds, enjoys the cutting and running style better so I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a extra person along to film.

I had been seeing and hearing several gobblers on one particular farm so we decided to try it first. Our first set-up was right off the roost on a couple of gobblers that had several hens, they flew down with the hens and we couldnt get them to leave although they would answer every call. I was hoping they would see King Strut but stayed just over a small rise and never saw him. We decided to move about 100 yds so I could get King Strut out in the short grass and maybe they could see him and I could do some aggressive calling and hope to pull a gobbler off the hens. Well, after this move, we watched the gobblers breed hens for several minutes and a couple of them started to ease away from the flock through the edge of the CRP. I did some sharp cutting and yelping and both started coming our way. The lead gobbler got about 30 yards and stopped and I whispered to Mallory to take him and she let the 20 gauge roar and it was over on her last KY youth hunt.

That makes 3 nice longbeards for her now and she loves turkey hunting. Layton had captured it all on film and it was an exciting end to a great morning here in Kentucky.