Hunting with girls, is something that I don’t get to do as often as I would like, so I am certain to never miss an opportunity when it arrives. This was my third year turkey hunting with Mikyla Jahnke. I love this girl. She has a smile that will light up the mountain and an awesome personality to go with it. I met Mikyla at the Medford RMEF banquet as she was the first youth hunter that I took out with Jeff Heil as part of our now annual youth turkey hunt donation. I couldn’t wait to go hunting with her again.
I met up with Mikyla and father Mike for a short afternoon hunt. The weather was warm and the sky was clear, perfect for turkey hunting. Mike had a spot where he had been steadily seeing several flocks of turkeys.
We set up Mikyla and I side by side and Mike just behind us. The decoys were on display as Mike began striking his slate call sending sweet sounds of putting hens into the air. Sometimes luck is just on your side and for Mikyla and me that day, we were surrounded by luck. It turns out the turkeys were within ear shot of Mike’s calls and literally came in running.
Whispering as quiet as possible, Mikyla and I selected turkeys from the strutting frenzy of jakes that suddenly surrounded us and at the end of a count to three; we had both filled our tags. I am already looking forward to returning to hunt with Mikyla to share a few laughs and of course a good time on the mountain for the fourth year in a row. The RMEF fundraiser started a new tradition for us, one built on friendship and a shared love of the outdoors and conservation. This is what hunting is all about.