Five turkeys — four longbeards and a jake — hit the dirt opening day, thanks to a youth turkey hunt outside of Eatonton. Hosted by Crossroads Baptist Church and God’s Great Outdoors Ministries, the Youth Turkey Hunt hosted 24 young turkey hunters for opening weekend. Many of the young, camo-clad hunters said the birds were pretty quiet on the roost, but after flydown time the birds got fairly vocal for most of the kids.
God’s Great Outdoors Ministries is a youth-focused, hunting and fishing ministry that shares the message of Christ. However, there are additional benefits that come with the ministry, like protecting the future of hunting.
Three of the hunters — Hunter Copelan, 14, Hannah Housworth, 9, and Luke Leverett, 12 — killed their first turkeys.
“This is the best day of my life,” Hannah Housworth told her dad Matt after rolling a Putnam County gobbler, her first ever.