Son of Rex L. & Pat Webb of Portage, MI, shoots his first Gobbler October 5th-2004 at 7:10pm, in Kalamazoo County.
Rex's Tom Turkey weighed in around 20lbs and had a 6 1/4 inch beard.
Here is his story:
Opening Day for Turkey Hunting was Monday Oct. 4th, I went hunting with
a family friend Mr.Graham, also of Portage. Mr. Graham was bow-hunting for deer and I was turkey hunting. We sat a ways from one another, I saw 10 deer and heard another blow at something. I saw a monster **** and a lot of squirrels, but no turkeys.
Mr. Graham had seen a lot of turkeys and no deer!
I just figured, they knew what we were up to and were toying with us. Needless to say, neither of us had any luck opening day.
We went out again on Tuesday-Oct 5th, in the afternoon around 4:30pm.
This time I sat on the ground and Mr. Graham was up above me in the tree with his bow. We didn't see anything until about 6:30pm-6:45pm, when 2 does and 3 yearlings walked by. Around 7:00pm 3 turkeys walked in, 1 on my left and 2 out in front of us, about 25 yards. Mr. Graham nor I could tell right away whether they had beards or not.
Finally one from out in front of us, walked into a clearing, still about 25
yards away. I was able to get my gun up, put the bead on his head and
squeeze off the shot, he dropped as soon as he was hit. We waited a few minutes before going over to check him out. I then picked him up and we headed for home.
I had forgotten my camera that I bought Monday night before we went hunting, so we went to Mr. Graham's house on the way home and took a few pictures there, then to my house and took a few more pictures with my camera, cleaned the bird and anxiously waited for my Dad to get home from a meeting. A little later I called my Grandpa Webb in Brown City, who I am named after, and I talked with him for about an hour, and told him all about the hunt.
My whole family is as excited as I am about getting my first turkey. I can't wait to get the tail-mount back from the Taxidermist, so I can take it up to Brown City and show it to Grandpa and Grandma Webb, as well as Uncle Jay and Aunt Martha Blackmer, in person.