Thought I would start a thread for the turkey hunters out there. I had the awesome opportunity to take part in a Learn-To-Hunt program for young turkey hunters. In Wisconsin the program is for 10-16 year-old, first-time hunters. The hunters can only be in the program one time. The group I was in was based out of Pulaski and had 55 youths with 59 mentors. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the state. So far as of Saturday morning, the kids had harvested over 30 birds. As a sidenote, the state's average for the regular season is somewhere around 25-26%. The earlier season is a little easier as there are "green" birds but is tougher as a lot of the kids it is the 1st time they have hunted. Some of them have only shot a gun 1 or 2 times. When coupled with some dedicated people that have a passion for hunting, the success rate is better. Also there were around 12 girls hunting. I know of at least 2 of them that got birds. I was paired up with a 13-year old boy whose parents did not hunt. His Dad hunted deer in the past but hadn't gone for several years as public hunting land is limited and landowners are very protective of "their" deer. My youth had an awesome attitude. He wanted to get a turkey so bad. He made a great partner, even carried the decoy bag along with his gear. And he kept up with my long legs. My youth's first name coincidentally was "Jake". This morning he harvested a 18 pound bird, 10 " beard, and 3/4" spurs. He was pumped. Thirty minutes earlier he missed a 20-yard shot at a bigger bird. He had a little case of "buck" fever on that one. I had to take his safety off after telling him about 3 times "take the safety off". Then when it came time to shoot, I had to say "you need to shoot" at least 6 times before he finally pulled the trigger. One can only imagine where the bead was on that one. He missed cleanly as the bird just walked away into the words. Luckily we had another pair come in and he sealed the deal. If you ever get the opportunity to take a kid hunting (or fishing) do it. The memories will last a lifetime.