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Pennsylvania youth turkey hunt

I took my daughter out Saturday morning for her first hunt ever. Shes 10.
We got into the woods before first light. I had the area located but wasn't sure where the turkeys would be roosted or if they would even be nearby. We stood next to the tree I picked out a week earlier and waited.
The woods started getting a little light and I heard the first bird gobble. I asked Sydney if she heard it...No, A few seconds later another and her eyes lit up, I heard that one. She pointed to where she heard it from. We waited a little longer and another gobble, then another, then another from 3 sides of us. We were right in the middle of them but they were all a good distance off. We started towards the gobbles that were on the state land (the other two sides were private) and walked about 100 yds that direction and I set up a hen and jake decoy. Moved some leaves away from the base of a tree and sat down.
More gobbles and still more gobbles all around us. So I waited about 10 minutes and gave a few yelps.....gobble, gobble, gobble. They knew where we were! I waited a little while longer and made a cackle and one bird answered that. I tried again, he answered that too. We waited and called a little more. This bird would answer every call I made so I decided to shut up. So did the turkey. Now we were listening for them and we had been in position for about a half hour and must have heard 50 to 60 gobbles by now and I was thinking how great a first hunt my little girl was able to get in on. Sydney leans over to me and says Daddy.......Yeah baby?.......... "How long are we going to stay" ......Are you ready to go? She says "Yeah"....my butt is numb eye roll OK lets give it 10 more minutes. So I threw them everything I had for the next ten minutes and that tom was over there answering every single call but wouldn't budge one more inch in our direction. I leaned back over to Sydney and asked if she really wanted to go back home and she said Yeah. OK.....lets go Cry
We were out of the woods before the sun even topped the trees but she thought it was great and wants to try again later in the season. Good enough for me. She said she had a lot of fun.

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The important thing is that you took her!! Yes And hopefully she enjoyed it enough, that next time she'll last a bit longer.

Sorry your hunt got cut short, sounds like you were in the middle of quite a bunch of gobblers!

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You're a Good Dad, smart to pull out before she got turned off it all together. i can imagine how hard that would be to leave in that situation

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I told her before we went that whenever she was ready to go.....let me know because I didn't care if we got a bird but I only wanted her to have fun. She told me at least 5 times the rest of the weekend how much fun she had. I had a lot of fun too and I even have a great story to tell for the rest of my (and her) life.

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Hows this for a smile?

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Thumbs up Priceless!

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I was wondering how you two did! Sounds like you have a little honey hole over there where we scouted the one day! Thats great she got to hear some birds and see what its all about! Great job!!!! Thumbs up

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Yeah Mike I got in the woods behind Kenny's house and the birds were sounding off (if you were looking back towards his house) Straight across the road. Across the road and to the left (on that high ridge) and off to the right of his house on the state land. They werre all on the near side of that big hill on the other side of the road. I'll try again later in the season. I'm pretty sure I can get permision on that private land across the road if I go and ask.....