Ten-year-old Blake Nohre and his father, Dave, were running a little late to the woods near Miltona on the morning of May 1, but it didn’t cost them Blake’s first turkey on a memorable morning.
The father and son arrived at about 6:45 a.m. to hear gobbling just a few hundred yards away.
“We got out to the woods and set up in a ground blind hoping to catch him on his way out to feed,” Dave wrote. “We started calling and he gobbled back right away, and he kept gobbling for 15 minutes as we sat and hoped he would come.”
Twenty minutes passed before they called again when it seemed the tom wasn’t closing the gap. He let out two gobbles and then kept quiet.
“This is when I told Blake that the turkey was either hung up with a hen, or coming straight for us,” Dave said.
It took about 10 minutes, but the bird finally popped its head out almost 50 yards away and started to strut and fan.
“He stayed there putting on a show for the decoys for about 10 minutes as we waited for him to come a bit closer,” Dave said. “Sure enough, he came in toward the decoys and Blake shot him with a 12 gauge at about 35 yards. There was a lot of high-fives, hugs and smiles.”
The tom weighed in at 21 pounds with a 10-inch beard.