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Kids n Turkeys from 2008

Posted by Jim Schlender

I'm way behind in posting some of the great pictures we've received from this past season. Here are a few of my favorites from friends in the industry.youth hunter maddy.jpgHunter Maddy, 8, son of well-known turkey hunter and Quaker Boy pro-staffer Keane Maddy, shot this 23-pound longbeard near home in Centerville, Iowa. "We had three strutters come gobbling every step to us across a 100-yard field. Hunter used his 20 gauge Remington 870 with a Comp-n-Choke tube and No. 6 Hevi-Shot. He crushed the bird at 28 steps. A very exciting morning!"

Andy Johnson, a hunter safety instructor in Alabama and Georgia, sent me ayouth hunter johnson.jpg priceless photo of his 2-year-old son, Hunter, with this note: "A few weeks back I was cleaning a turkey while my son was watching. He said, 'I get my gun' and ran inside and came back with his toy rifle. I just happened to look over and here's what I saw. I quickly snapped a cell phone picture of him and the Flambeau King Strut decoy. I think I'm raising a future turkey hunter!"

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"By far my most special hunt ever," said Tim Herald, public relations manager for Under Armour, about his 7-year-old son Drew's first turkey. The Heralds live and hunt in Kentucky.

Tad Brown, product development manager for Flambeau Outdoors, had a greatyouth hunt tad brown.jpg morning introducing these youngsters to turkey hunting on a chilly Missouri youth hunt. Preston Tremain, 14, and Makenzie Moore, 11, couldn't have asked for a better guide.

 

monteleone.jpgWhen Joe Monteleone isn't working in sales for  CZ-USA firearms in Kansas, he's usually hunting. This year he took his 7-year-old Nathan out on opening morning of Missouri's youth season. Nathan made a 20-yard shot with a .410. "Talk about a proud moment," Joe said. "It was a huge thrill for both of us!"

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