Turkey Hunt Event *
Posted: 14 May 2009 02:07 PM PDT
© By Othmar Vohringer
The Northern New York Hunters Helping Kids held their fourth annual Youth
turkey weekend event at the Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Clubhouse on
April 25 & 26th with 34 youth registering this year. Eighteen youth
harvested a bird this year with one weighing in at twenty four pounds,9,1/2
beard. A first for our chapter, we had a youth with his dad from Canada
register from the Watertown Sports Expo and he harvested a bird. Plus
there was several double bearded birds taken by the youth hunters. One
youth harvested two birds with one shot. Troy Miller, from the Mason/Dixon
PA HHK Chapter, was one of mentor/callers and also photographed our youth
hunters. His family also helped out for the weekend event.
All enjoyed a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers with soft drinks furnished
by SPSA. Then they enjoyed the laser shooting game furnished by the Oswego
Co 4-H program and telling their hunting experiences of the morning.
On Sunday, more birds were weighed in and everyone enjoyed a chicken
barbecue furnished by the NNY HHK chapter members. After the meal, awards
were given out. Each hunter was asked to write an essay about his/her
weekend hunting experience and the best essay was won by Justice Ames
of Watertown and the runner up was Matt Glowfeskie of Henderson. The winner
of a turkey mount provided by Don Miller of Lakeside Taxidermy in Fulton
was Zach Kirksey of Dexter.
Door prizes for the youth were drawn and a bingo board game awarded each
youth hunter in attendance, two prizes. Also a prize was given to all
the underage youth in attendance.
Everyone enjoyed the festivities and looking forward to next year.
A big thank you goes out to the Sandy Pond Sportsman's Assn, the Oswego
Co 4-H, NRA, Troy Miller family from the Mason-Dixon, PA HHK chapter,
Jefferson Co Journal, Oswego County Weeklies, also the various sportsmen's
clubs, the mentor/callers, the local businesses and the community for
their support so NNY HHK can keep this a free event for the youth of our
As any organization the HHK needs your help to continue the important
work they do in passing the hunting heritage on to the next generation.
One way to create support is a fundraising events. We are having a display
table built like a glass top coffee table with a drawer under the top
for displaying a assortment of unique Turkey calls preferably made by
D.I.Y. craftsman, hobbyist, not major call manufactures. As soon as we
get this completed tickets will be offered to the public and at all HHK
show booths and events by all chapters.
So if any of you make turkey calls or know of someone who does please
approach them with this idea
All donors will be shown on any literature we have for promoting this
fundraiser along with a tax-deductible receipt if requested. For more
information visit: Northern New York Hunters Helping Kids
Othmar Vohringer Outdoors
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from our Youth Turkey Event Are!!!!!!!!!!!
2009 Youth Turkey Weekend event held on April 25 &
26th, each youth participant was asked to write an essay about their weekend
hunting experience. The following is the winner and the runner-up essay.
The winning essay:
My Name is Justice and I am 15 years old. My dad and I have been in the
woods together for years. Even before I could hunt, I have been learning
what a rub looks like, the different animals, and practicing with my bow.
There is alot of time and preparation that is involved with hunting.
This year in the youth turkey hunt was the first time I have ever taken
a turkey. We were in the woods for about five minutes when a very large
tom came out. I could not stop shaking but it was far away to shoot at.
We waited for what seemed to be forever when a bunch of turkeys came out
and I finally got a shot. It was only 45 minutes later, I got one. My
dad was so excited for me, we called home right away and everyone else
we could think of.
We got to weigh-in time and it wasn't the biggest one there, but it was
the best one because I got it with my dad. My experience this year in
the youth turkey hunt was the best ever. I have never felt so much excitement,
while hunting. I had my first harvest of an animal and my dad and I have
spent much time revisiting the day.. I am sure we will for a long time.
So remember it's not only taking the animal, it is all the time together
that is the most important.
The runner-up essay:
My name is Matthew and during this weekend Troy took me out on my 2nd
turkey hunt. At this time, I took my first turkey, it was the most excited
I ever felt.
We went out around 5:30AM, and we listened. After about 15 mins of listening,
we knew where we were going to go. We walked down a few hills into a treeline.
As we were crossing a field we thought the turkeys might have spoted us,
but we'll never know. Once we were in position, we waited and waited.
After about 25 mins I thought I saw a huge tom, it would have been except
it was about a 130 lb doe. She only stayed for about 5 mins and left.
Soon after Troy said we had three choices. 1. We could leave and come
back tomorrow. 2. We could move and hope not to jump a turkey. & 3.
we could wait a little longer... so we waited. After 15 mins laterer we
decided to go, and just as we were getting up a button buck came behind
us down a hill, a few moments later there, there were "Gobble"
three Jakes came through the brush line on the hill. Soon after some "skillful"
calling by Troy the turkeys were within 35 yards. That's when Troy told
me to take the shot, and I did.
Check out the
picture page link for some 09 turkeys harvested'