I would be willing to bet that most people know little about the big game record keeping organization we have in Michigan. Commemorative Bucks of Michigan does a great job of documenting each classification of big game animals taken here in our state. Deer, black bear, and elk are what you would normally think of, when considering big game animals, but lets not forget meleagris gallopavo silvestris, the Eastern wild turkey. Yep, that’s right, most states consider the turkey as a worthy entry into the ranks of big game animals.
When a hunter harvests any of the above named animals that meet the requirements for entry into the “book”, it is usually a once in a lifetime happening. Of course a hunter’s skill level plays a big roll in consistantly taking better than average game, but fate can also play a part in ones success.
The “cream of the crop” of these “big boys” of course, would be the biggest of the big-the state record. Would you believe that Monroe County has one individual at the top of the heap in the record book? Would you also believe it’s not a grizzled, snuff-chewing, hermit who moved here from old Kentucky? Why its not even a man, but a lovely young lady by the name of Theresa Pietrowski. Not only did she take the largest Michigan turkey on record, but she did it right hear in Monroe County!
I’ve had the privilege of talking to Phil and Theresa on several occasions and even was able to see Theresa’s full mount trophy at their home in Petersburg. Sorry guys but this women is the real deal. Phil has taught her well, and between the two of them Mr. Tom Turkey doesn’t have a chance. Theresa is so well rounded as an outdoors person she landed a job at Cabelas. If you ever get a chance to meet her, by all means have her tell you her turkey story. The Pietrowskis due the hunting community proud, and it’s an honor to have the Michigan State Champ right here from Monroe. Have a good safe hunt this year, and just maybe one of you can top that old “long beard” of Theresa’s.