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it before coming in.
I fumbled around to get my
mouth call out and facemask on,
while whispering last-minute
instructions to Leah. Keep your
head down on the gun. Keep still.
Remember where to aim.
Another gobble rang out. I
knew I'd see him any second,
so I reminded Leah to keep her
head down on the gun and to
just look for the gobbler with
her eyes.
" Don't move; I can see
him! " I whispered enthusiastically to Leah
as another gobble rang through the woods,
now from the 11 o'clock position.
" Where? " she whispered back excitedly.
" Don't move; you'll see him in a
second, " I replied. " He's coming in. "
" I see him! "
There he was, at 60 yards, full strut,
coming closer. Then he switched back to
half-strut, head up, looking for that hen he
heard. He was angling closer to our setup.
" Can you tell me when to shoot? " Leah
asked.
" I will, just let him get closer, " I replied.
Now at 40 yards and almost dead ahead
of our setup, he ripped another gobble right
at us. My heart raced almost like it was my
first time hunting.
At half-strut he continued to move
closer, but diagonally. Soon he stepped into
an area in line with Leah's gun.
" Can I shoot? " she asked.
" Not yet, " I replied. " Let him get a little
closer. "
Still half-strutting, head up and searching for his girlfriend, he took two more
steps.
" Can I shoot? " Leah asked again.
" If you think you're ready, go ah... "
BANG!

MAY 2021	

Her pull of the trigger cut me off and the
bird tipped backward to the left. Doubt still
lingering in my mind that the .410 would do
the job, I went to the gobbler, ready to do
anything, including tackle him if I needed
to, to make sure she would get the bird. Her
shot was farther than I thought.
Arriving at the gobbler, I confirmed the
bird was down for good. I couldn't believe
what had just happened. My legs shaking
from adrenaline, a huge smile on my face,
I looked back at Leah whose smile was
just as big.
" THAT WAS AWESOME! " she said
three or four times, her voice quivering
from the excitement as she walked to me.
We celebrated, hugged, filled out her
first Pennsylvania spring turkey tag, and
took some photos. Then I stepped off the
shot, 28 yards. Wow, that was farther than
I thought!
Now, I, too, am a believer of those TSS
loads in a .410 shotgun. The bird barely
moved after the shot.
It's amazing how someone can surprise
you. So, never write anyone off as a nonhunter. Let them make their own decisions.
You'll never know when someone might
say, " I'd like to try that! "

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