Shells. Check. Calls. Check. Realtree Camo. Check. License and tags. Check. The joys of the first hunt of the season. After checking everything two and three times over I usually go to bed the night before with the gut feeling I’m forgetting something. On a turkey hunt last spring with an eager young hunter, I went through the checklist and seemed to hit all the boxes. Besides, I have extras of just about everything packed to be able to handle any situation.
Fast forward to a morning full of gobbling, several encounters, and an
eastern long beard at 25 yards offering to be turned to the young hunters first
punched tag. There just happened to be a minor problem at the moment of truth.