went right back to the same spot this evening with my daughter in tow (it's her first try at turkey hunting). Wouldn't you know we walked right up on four long beards in the next drain over from where I killed my bird. I saw a nice gobbler at 30 yards and told her to shoot him. I waited and no shot, just when I was wondering why, she cuts loose and the bird I was watching walks away. Just as she was shooting I realized her gun was pointed down hill more, she had seen another gobbler. I looked just in time to see she shot low and hit him mostly in the body. He went down in kind of a squat then popped up and flew. I'm not sure how bad he was hurt as it was probably 45 - 50 yards. She later told me that is why she didn't shoot right away, because she thought he was too far. However, I was saying shoot shoot, so she did. she never saw the closer bird. My heart sank as I new there was no hope of finding her bird, it flew across the valley. Hopefully the feathers took up most of the shot at that distance and her 2 3/4 inch magnums maybe didn't penetrate too deep.We looked a while but found no sign of a dead bird. so we set up in the direction one lone gobbler went. Sure enough about a half hour later I spot him sneaking in to my lonely gobbler yelps. I get her attention and tell her get the gun up and she did. That ole bird was slow and cautious and the browning semi auto got too heavy for her and she started moving it for support. I was snarling don't move in her ear, but she couldn't help it and the old bird busted her moving the gun. We heard some other birds go to roost and left. She can hunt again Saturday. I will remember to take the shooting stick for her next time. I really was disappointed she didn't get the gobbler. I think she just got excited and forgot to concentrate on shooting the head and neck and I need to be sure she sees the same thing I do. I will remind her next time to concentrate on the head and neck. I take too much for granted and don't realize what is obvious to me isn't to a new hunter. It's a tough lesson, but we all been there.
Bust em, Bag em, thank HIm