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Struttin’ Time:

Hunting with children was highlight

Another turkey season has come and gone. What a season it was — one of my best even though I didn’t go after another “slam” this year. Instead, I spent my enjoyed hunting with four kids, and it was a blast.

On May 3, I hunted in Letcher County with Scott Helle and his nine-year-old son, Preston. They are a joy to be around, and although we didn’t even hear one turkey gobble it was a fun hunt. Preston has already made his plans to hunt with me again next season.

Our hunt together this year almost didn’t happen. Seems like each time we set a date, something would come up and there would go our plans. Remember, the worst thing you can do is to promise a child you will do something with them and then not do as promised.

As Preston has already learned at his young age, hunting is not about killing; it is about getting away from the pressures of everyday life, being in the great outdoors and studying the beautiful sights and sounds of Mother Nature.

Preston, thanks for taking me hunting with you, and I look forward to the next time.

I can’t close this week’s edition of Struttin’ Time without telling everyone that little Rebecca Bailey — who we mentioned in this column a few weeks ago — tagged out when she dropped her second turkey of the season. Although it wasn’t as big as the first, she and her dad Randy were just as thrilled.

Thumbs up Rebecca, and keep up the good work.

I hope the rest of you had a super season. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please send it to me at filo@irvineonline.net.



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