Posted by Jim Schlender
Andy Johnson, a hunter safety instructor in Alabama and Georgia, sent me a 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!"
"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 great 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.
When 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!"