Tonights snapshots are all about the kids, their bucks and their beards. After not drawing any tags last year, Tanner’s dad promised to take him turkey hunting this spring. Dad lived up to his promise and on their first morning out, turkeys were gobbling just before sunrise and Tanner was able to bag this nice tom, just twenty minutes into the hunt.
Kyle isn’t a turkey hunter but joined his brother and his brothers son Patrick on the youth turkey hunt in Idaho this year. They set up in the dark and saw the turkeys come off the roost like B-52 Bombers. Several Jakes came to their decoy, one even picked a fight and attacked the decoy. Patrick took a shot but didn’t connect. He did however make a great follow up shot to bag his first turkey. It was not the biggest bird in the hills but the smile on Patricks face made you sure think it was.
Check out this fine deer fourteen year old Cortlan Olson bagged last year on the opening morning of the rifle hunt. Colton shot his deer so close to camp, the family says the only dragging that day was getting grandpa John out of bed and up to the buck for pictures.
Dean thought trying to sleep before Christmas was hard when he was young. But this year it was his daughter Adalee who had a hard time going to bed, the night before her hunt. This dad and daughter spent a good portion of the morning before they finally got this big old gobbler to walk in. Adalee put the hammer down with her 20 gauge and has been grinning ear to ear ever since.
But our winner tonight was well prepared, had good mentors and shot his first bird. Twelve year old Colton Reading and his dad Scott with the help of family friend Ron Butters located and set up a blind in an area that held a lot of birds. Opening morning, dad says, the world came alive with birds chirping and turkeys gobbling. Colton looked up and said dad “there are two turkeys coming down the trail.” Sure enough two giant toms made a dead sprint for their decoys. Colton asked “dad which one should I shoot?” Scott told him “it didn’t matter, take the one that presents the best shot.”
Both birds were strutting at the decoys when Colton busted one. The kid couldn’t get out of the blind fast enough to claim his first turkey. Dad says it was one of the best hunts they’ve ever had, they’ll never forget it. Well congrats to both of you for a great story, and now our great prize for having…the snapshot of the week.
Remember submit your pictures and a brief explanation of your latest outdoor adventures online at KSLTV.com. The winner each week wins the lightweight and portable Camp Chef Weekender-two burner stove. Plenty of power, great for camping from our friends over at Camp Chef.