The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


May 5, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Making a turkey cape


Belly bustin’

Mike made the realization that he was behind him. He could see him through the woods coming across the middle of the cut corn field. By this time he realized he was too close to make much movement. He definitely didn’t want him to spot him. Mike eased down onto his stomach facing the field. As soon as he got down, he saw him coming about 80 yards away out in the field, he was in half strut walking right towards him, gobbling every other step. He knew something was about to happen quick.

Tense situtation

When the bird was at about 60 yards, he slid his safety off and waited for his shot. The bird walked to the edge of the woods and stopped, he stretched his neck out looking into the woods cautiously. Mike could tell he was getting nervous. he knew if he didn’t take the shot, he was going to run.


The bird was a bit further than Mike would have liked but he had confidence in his 11-87 with the 3.5-inch Magnum blends, he knew it would get the job done. He settled his sights on the Monarch’s head and KABOOM! The bird fell like a sack of rocks. Mike stood up smiling and extremely happy, he had finally filled his tag.

“I couldn’t believe that bird came a good half-mile just for me!,” he said. “What a great day!”

Mike’s stats

Mike Petro Jr. harvested his Monarch at 7:15 a.m. in Trumbull Township on Friday, April 25, 2014 while hunting in Trumbull Township. He was shooting a Remington 11-87 Super Magnum 12 gauge shotgun powered by Hevi-Metal 3.5-inch Magnum shells. His bird was at 44 yards when he shot him and went no further. He was wearing Realtree AP-HS camo using a Primos Ol’ Betsy slate call to coax him in. His bird weighed in at 20 pounds, had a 9-inch beard and 1.25-inch spurs.

Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.

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