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5/14/2014 3:10:00 PM
Yelton bags gobbler
First hunt leads to first success
Jill Yelton got this gobbler, her first, May 3. The tom turkey weighed in at 20.4 pounds and sported a 7-1⁄2-inch beard.Kurt's Island Sports photograph

Jill Yelton got this gobbler, her first, May 3. The tom turkey weighed in at 20.4 pounds and sported a 7-1⁄2-inch beard.

Kurt's Island Sports photograph

Craig Turk
Outdoors Writer/Photographer

Jill Yelton of Minocqua was enjoying her first turkey hunt when she bagged a tom May 3.

She was hunting with her husband, Luke, a little north of Tomahawk early that Saturday morning. The hunt wouldn’t last long.

“My husband and I were sitting in the blind,” Yelton recalled. “We sat there for about 15 minutes, then started calling, and the turkey started calling back and came up a little hill and I took the shot when I had it.”

It was about 6 a.m. They had a couple of decoys out and the tom got a little riled.

“He was looking at the hen, but then he saw the jake decoy we had out. So – his feathers were up,” Yelton said.

The tom weighed in at 20.4 pounds and had a 7-1⁄2-inch beard.

“It was a good time,” Yelton said of her inaugural turkey hunt. But she doesn’t expect future hunts to be over as abruptly.

“I told [Luke] I realize it’s not always going to be that easy,” Yelton said.

“Everyone I talk to says, ‘Oh, you got lucky,’” Yelton added with a laugh.

They also often noted it was a good first experience which should certainly help pique interest.

Yelton said they marinaded the tom and grilled it. She said it was tender and delicious.

Craig Turk may be reached at cturk@lakelandtimes.com.

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