The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


May 5, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Making a turkey cape


Wiggle worm

Vince told Tori to get ready. At this point, she starts ripping off her gloves, moving all around. Vince thought for sure the Tom would see her moving. What he didn’t know was that she had two pairs of gloves on and had to get the outside pair off to shoot. Nonetheless, she positioned herself and was ready to go.

In position

Within seconds after Tori’s little dance, the tom cranked out a thundering gobble, he was right on top of them. Tori has her gun up and is ready to go. All of the sudden, she spins 90 degrees to her right. She is now facing 180 degrees away from Vince. He can see the tom is in full strut as he walks behind several large oak trees that are blocking out a good 20 feet of the path he is on.

Boom, bird down

As Tori tried to looked around the trees ,Vince told her to hold still, that the tom would pop out to the left cause he was headed straight for the decoys. Not a few seconds later out he came in full strut at 25 yards. Tori took aim squeezed the trigger and down he went.

Tori’s stats

Victoria (Tori) Mathia shot her first turkey in Kinsman on April 19, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. She was toting a brand new Remington 1187 semi auto shotgun powered by Winchester 3-inch #5 Supreme HV Turkey loads. Her quarry was at 25 yards when she squeezed the trigger and he went no further. She was wearing Mossy Oak camo while using a Pretty Boy and Pretty Girl decoys while her father Vince worked his magic on several calls, a Primos slate call, Quaker Boy Box call, and a Knight and hale mouth call.

Her trophy weighed in at 20 pounds, had a 9.5-inch as well as a 5-inch beard and three-quarter inch spurs.

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