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Well, it's hard to believe that turkey season has begun. With winter hanging on as long as it has it's been hard to really get in the mood to go out and chase gobblers around. That said my kids were really looking forward to spending time in the woods with dad and giving it a try. Daltyn is about to turn twelve so first things first, we signed him up for a hunter safety course so that he could move forward with his hunting carreer. It was then time to get him out and pattern the youth 20 gauge to be sure it was still on the mark. After a couple shots we could see the gun was indeed on target and ready for the hunt. My daughter Dru wanted to prove to me that she was ready to hunt and fired off a couple shots as well.

Roll ahead to April 6th and Daltyn and I were in a blind on invite by my cousin and Daltyn's God father Jay Welter to hunt a small peice of property that every year holds multiple gobblers. We weren't able to roost any birds the night before but were set up an hour before first light expecting action. The wind was howling and it began to rain. We coudn't hear any gobbling but as it began to get light we spotted seven turkeys on roost within one hundred yards so our confidence was high. I called just enough to let the turkeys know where we were and it worked flawlessly. Shortly after fly down the boss gobbler couldn't stand it and marched directly into the decoys giving Daltyn a 15 yard chip shot and our first bird of 2013 was on the ground. And what a bird it was! 26 lbs 11-1/4" beard and 1-1/4" spurs. It has been almost 15 years since I had lifted a turkey this big. What a great way to start off the season. This was all it took to get me in the mood to get after it.

After seeing Daltyn's turkey Dru begged to get her chance to get out try for her own gobbler so we set for an afternoon hunt. I decided to take her to my favorite evening set up where historically turkeys would pass by on their way to roost. It was a calm, warm and sunny night and we heard multiple birds randomly sounding off as the evening passed but nothing close. Dru kept herself busy playing games and having a snack when shortly after 7:00 I heard the unmistakeable sound of a gobbler drumming close by. Dru anxiously grabbed the gun and readied herself for a possible shot. The tom slowly strutted into view and directly in to the decoy setup. After a few anxious moments Dru finally worked up the nerve to pull the trigger and dumped the gobbler at ten short yards. It took her a couple seconds for her to realize what she'd done and the celebration was on. I could tell that it was a big turkey but never dreamt it would weigh in at a whopping 28-1/2 lbs when we got home. This was by far the largest I had ever been involved in and beat my best by over two lbs. What a great first turkey and what a way to start off the 2013 season.