He was hunting with his dad Tony who was acting as his “guide” and “mentor.” I say “mentor” cause that is the name of the new DNR program instituted to get younger hunters in the woods. Children up to 9 years old can obtain a license to take two turkey (spring and fall) two deer, small game, and even trap if they so desire. All this for $7.50. Is that a bargain or what? They only need to be with an adult, and properly supervised at all times. Tony said it’s the best thing going if you’re looking to build some great memories with your kids or grandkids. He was so excited when Jay put the “smack down” on this bird that silently snuck into their decoy setup. Jay opted for the hard way to down one of Michigan’s big game species-a rear end shot! A head and neck shot is what a turkey hunter normally seeks, but ole Jay Bird got a little excited, and pulled the trigger as the turkey turned away from him. His aim was true, as the bird dropped where he stood. Jay and the little iron sighted 410 did their job perfectly.
The turkey was almost as big as Jay, as you can see by the pictures. I’ll tell you Tony and I were sure proud of our little man. Jay is the first of my 11 grandkids to put some great tasting game in the freezer.
I also bought Ava a mentor license, and have had her out twice, but no birds yet. I may have to take her up to our cabin and see if we can locate her a bird around there. Last year I had grandson Kyle Pafford out deer hunting with a crossbow, but the deer didn’t cooperate. This year I should have a whole group of 9 year olds enjoying the age-old rituals of “deer camp!” At least I sure hope so.