If you’ve read my articles, you’ve probably read about the annual trip my friends and take to our cabin at Tuttle Creek. This year, six of us made the trip. We stayed five days, and it’s one of the few times I recall that we had great weather. It seems like we’re usually spending some time in the cabin because of rain; but not this year.

Junior, even though he doesn’t hunt turkeys, has been joining us and adds so much. He keeps an outside fire going where we gather around and visit.

Steve turkey hunted and missed one at seven yards, which we all know is a tough shot because your shot pattern is so tight. He was able to take Junior mushroom hunting and they found a lot, so we were able to enjoy fried mushrooms.

Mel spent the whole week taking a friend’s grandson on his first turkey hunts. On the last afternoon that Jonathan could hunt, he shot a nice tom. Mel was able to shoot a turkey right after Jonathan’s, as another tom hung around. Mel’s always loved taking youth turkey hunting, always putting his hunt on the back burner.

On Wednesday morning, I was able to get a nice tom when Terry K called in three matures to our decoys. Then Terry was able to fill his tag, as the other two stayed around. This was so special to both of us because Terry is the person who introduced me to turkey hunting almost 30 years ago. Terry’s turkey had an 11-inch beard, his longest ever.

I was hunting with my brother on two great hunts that he missed on two 35-yard shots. One shot was difficult because he was at a very twisted angle. The second, because he tried to shoot through some brush. The good thing is that we don’t believe he hurt either turkey. Brother Terry brought his best buddy, his dog, Axel.

As always, we ate great food and had a wonderful time together. Mel has moved to Wyoming, so we don’t get to see him as much as we’d like. So, it was great to spend time with him and all of my other friends.

God willing, we’ll all be back together again next year during the third week of April.


Rick Cunningham is an avid outdoorsman from Ellis.