We took Skyler out turkey hunting this morning for opening morning of the Illinois Youth Turkey Season. It was a beautiful morning -- starting out at 41 degrees when we left the house at 4:45 a.m. We set up our blind last weekend but since Paul has been keeping an eye on these turkeys throughout the week, we moved the blind in the dark this morning to a spot the turkeys had started to use more regularly in these past few days. Paul did all the mad turkey love calling and it worked again like a charm. We had several toms in the field gobbling at us - but it was this particular tom who decided he needed to come in for a closer look. Skyler made a great shot with her 12 gauge shotgun. We are so proud of Skyler -- as always it was such a fun hunt as a family! Skyler's turkey weighed in at 24.2 pounds, has a 10.25 inch beard and 1-1/2 inch spurs. We already dressed this turkey out -- and I have the meat soaking in a saltwater brine. Tomorrow I will package up the meat for the freezer and since I already soaked it in the brine -- it will be tender and ready to use in the future!
Our life can only be described as a hunting focused family. We spend the entire year with a drive many consider above and beyond preparing for those few moments when flint meets steel or arrows are set to fly. The final product is always worth the countless hours of preparation. Welcome to our lives.