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The club of turkey addiction that is. I brought out my 9 year old daughter for her first morning of turkey hunting and she is hooked for life. We had 3 toms hammering off the roost 150 yards to the north of us and 2 Jakes gobbling every once in a while to the south. At fly down time the toms went to the north away from us but the Jakes dropped down and worked right into 20 yards at one point. We were playing musical chairs and switching winds but couldn't put it together getting her steady and the birds in the open. At 7 you could hear the birds to the north start working back towards us so we switch sides in the blind and we sit and wait because I could hear a loud mouth hen working towards us and I didn't want her to take the boys and run. She made her way right into 10 yards being noisey as heck cutting and purring when another hen comes from behind us,they both start strutting and fighting right in front of us when the 2 Jakes show back up and start gobbling and strutting.

So here we go again, her and I are switching side shutting windows and opening others trying to get a shot. We find that the little hill makes just the top of the fan visible and the pine tree are like trying to shoot through a picket fence. So we watched them pick their way out of sight and off to greener pastures. That is when I hear a thunderous gobble behind us,round 4 of switching around. We sit there waiting for another gobble and nothing so I grabbed my slate and gave a loud yelp that he cut right off,this time he is close and Rylee's eyes get huge and I hear her breathing pick up. I could see his bright red and white head bobbing slowly through the brush at 30 yards walking right towards us so I tell her to get ready on the shooting stick as he was going to pass right across the window at 20 yards. She got ready however he wouldn't stop and started running with 2 more huge toms and a hen running behind trying to catch up. So now they were at 15 yards and I had to open the side of the blind,as I was doing this she got out of her chair. The problem is she had never shot free hand and they were moving. I made sure she was on a tom and let me know when she was ready,when I heard here say OK I did some hard cutting on the slate and all 3 hit the brakes and popped into strut. That's when the 20 ga went off and and dropped the lead tom in his tracks. I don't know who was happier me or her but I almost hugged her to death and now she gets a kick out of telling everyone that I had a few tears.

Final tally for her first turkey 10-7\8 beard 7/8 spurs and 19-1\2 pounds

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Very nice!! Could be happier for both of you.

I'm am jealous, I can't seem to get the toms close enough for my daughter yet.

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Very nice!! Could be happier for both of you.

I'm am jealous, I can't seem to get the toms close enough for my daughter yet.

Be where they want to be and less is more on calling.

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Wow, great story and pictures! Glad to see she kept her nail polish on! A girls got to have her own style! grin

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Wow, great story and pictures! Glad to see she kept her nail polish on! A girls got to have her own style! grin

We have a agreement that if I still have my archery tag after day 2 she can paint mine pink for good luck.

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Congrats to her and to you! Awesome! I thought the same thing as leech-- good to see some pink nails in here! You go girl!!!

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We have a agreement that if I still have my archery tag after day 2 she can paint mine pink for good luck.

It doesn't count if she says: mmmmm-miss..mmmmm-miss behind you in the blind, right! grin

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Fantastic story! Great to hear the girls getting it done!

Nice work guiding and a very exciting story

DL

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Congrats again to both of you. Had a fun morning swapping texts as our hunts progressed. So happy to see the "longbeard down" text. Great photos for both of you to remember that day for a lifetime.

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