Andrea Kohl, of Arbor Vitae, recently celebrated her 15th birthday. She also recently celebrated her second turkey kill – a 17-pound jake with 4-inch beard she got while hunting in the Merrill area.
She was hunting with her dad, Kurt.
Andrea likes turkey hunting and said going afield in pursuit of them with her dad is “kind of a tradition.”
She recalled the day.
“We were sitting in the blind for about an hour and we didn’t hear anything. So we were just kind of sitting there, playing on our phones,” Andrea recalled.
It was her father who first heard something interesting.
“He heard a gobble – I didn’t,” Andrea said.
Handling a shotgun is nothing new to Andrea, who is an experienced trapshooter. The approaching jake didn’t have long.
“I saw it coming up by the side of the blind and it just kind of walked in and I shot it and it didn’t flop or anything – it just dropped dead,” Andrea said.
The bird had been attracted to their decoy.
“It was strutting around the decoy at first, maybe like 30 seconds, and then I shot it,” Andrea said.
Andrea said she likes eating wild turkey.
Like her last turkey, she plans on getting the fan mounted. When she shot her first turkey, her dad made her a necklace out of the spurs.
“They’re pretty cool,” she said.
Heidi Schmit of Eau Claire was hunting with her father, Rick Schmit of Arbor Vitae, when she got her first tom. The 18-pounder had a 9-1⁄4-inch beard.
Woodruff’s Bob Link was hunting Iowa’s third season April 24 when he harvested a big tom.
The bird weighed an impressive 26-1⁄2 pounds, and boasted a 10-inch beard and 1-3⁄8-inch curved spurs.
Craig Turk may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.