I thought I'd post one last update on this since the turkey hunt has ended.
I took the 12 year old out for one last weekend. In short we had a good weekend. We went out and did quite a bit of hiking to see if we could figure out what elevation/area the birds were hanging out at. I got out the crow and owl calls along with the turkey calls but we never saw a bird all weekend. We saw some elk and deer and along with some beuatiful country. I noticed the daughter was getting more and more inquisitive about her surroundings and I was all too happy to teach her what ever she was willing to absorb about the outdoors.
In short it was a good weekend but the 2010 Utah general turkey hunt ended without a bird for the daughter or myself. Next year we'll put in for a limited entry tag and make another run at it.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...