The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 15, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: A turkey, a turkey, my kingdom for a turkey

Real turkey... shown, exposed

“Oh my god, what kinda turkeys were those today in your article? Sure were ugly.”

“Hey, Dale, how long you been huntin’ turkey my friend?”

“Dear Mr. Sunderlin, I really enjoy reading your articles every Monday in the Star Beacon, but could you please categorize what species of turkey that was in today’s paper? I’ve never seen or hunted any that looked like that.”

“Not sure if you got my first email re: the Star Beacon’s picture of turkey vultures rather than turkeys. If not, I’m sure you will enlighten them.;>)”

“Good morning. Dale, that turkey pic in today’s Beacon sure looks like a buzzard to me. The tip off is the dead fish it’s eating. Best regards. my friend”

“Not the turkey I see in my backyard. Does the fish improve the flavor?”

And by no means the last message I received but one of the best came from my dear friends. Mike and Diane Heiner:

“Based on the photo in today’s Star Beacon story, Diane and I will politely decline any turkey dinners served at your house. We feel bad because we know, Dale, you did not do that. Mike and Diane Hiener.”

Many thanks, friends

Thank you Mike and Diane for that vote of confidence, at least my close friends and many of my readers knew and were sympathetic to the predicament. My pat answer, which I copied and pasted several times last Monday, was as follows:  

“Oh my god, the phone has been ringing off the hook and my cell phone, too! I didn’t submit the picture; it was a file picture from somewhere that the Star Beacon had. When I opened it up this morning at 4:30 I knew something looked wrong. When we got home and I looked at it in the house, I almost fainted. I need to talk with Don McCormack and see who did the picture and then do some sort of disclaimer. Thanks for the note and thanks for understanding. Your Friend in Camo, Dale”

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