Rare Turkey

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Emma Claire (left) and brother Benjamin Browning doubleteamed this double-bearded turkey. Emma Claire did the calling while Benjamin made the shot. Photo submitted

First-timer calls up rare turkey

Turkey hunting is a family tradition with the family of Jamie and James Browning. The family went turkey hunting in March as daughter Emma Claire, age four, wanted to hunt with her big brother Benjamin, 10.

They took a pop-up blind along for Emma and her mother Jamie to sit in and call. Benjamin and Dad (James) sat down beside a tree not far away.

Emma used a Lohman push type call that she had been practicing with and had a gobbler answer her. Emma was told to keep calling every few minutes, and shortly Benjamin saw four big gobblers about 150 yards away coming their way.

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She kept calling and they came to within 40 yards of the setup and Dad said to take the lead bird. Benjamin made a great shot and discovered the bird had a rare double beard. The longest beard was 10” long and the shorter was 3 ½” long.

They spent the rest of the day showing off the bird to family and friends. “What a great hunt,” James said. “Our daughter called in a double-beard gobbler and a trio of buddies and our son shot his fifth and best turkey to date.”