I met this very nice lady back in November 2009 when she came to the Senior Center to teach dancing lessons. We have been without a dancing instructor for almost a year and half now. Her husband took a job here from DC with the Corps of Engineers and to meet new people, she volunteered her time to teach us. Her name is Sharon and found out through our conversations that she had harvested a turkey. Of course, we started talking turkey like crazy and told her that I would love to hear stories of her hunting adventures and I would like to post it on my blog. We have become good friends now and will be taking her to my camp for a spring turkey hunt which will begin in March through May. Below in her own words is how she harvested her first turkey...
This was my last hunt for the season. I had already told David (cousin) I wished him luck for the last week because I had to go back to Virginia. And because we just hate to quit, he said,"let's go check one more place". Sure enough we sneaked up on two gobblers and three females hanging out in a nice level area shaped like a bowl on top of a little ridge. We eased around until we could get in a good position. He led us to a spot behind some big rocks. I had my Remington 837- 20 gauge. At the last minute he said, "here, use my 12 gauge". So I did and I got my first turkey. David was so excited, he took off running, yelling, "You got 'im!"
I was shaking and speechless and could not stop grinning. I probably would have gotten him with my 20 gauge but I think he so wanted me to get a turkey he didn't want to take even the littlest chance that I would miss my chance. He is awesome, my cousin, David.
I didn't get a bird in 09, but I had a lot of fun. I went by myself several times. I called one in by myself. I had to shoot a coyote that got in the way. I came up on a roost, awesome. I got to watch two gobblers do that ritual down the side of a hill that I've only seen on NWTF Christmas cards. OH, and I got me a 12 gauge.
Thanks for letting me share this with you, I am so looking forward to this season. I just love to get out in the woods. It is always an adventure!
Turkeys in Sharon's backyard nestled in the woods in hills of TN.
Sharon with her proud cousin David.