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Friday, March 1st, 2024

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Completing the circle: Hunting mentor becomes the guided

Jake Hooper (c), of Elizabethtown, N.Y., now has two kids – and a third on the way – to take afield. The author guided and mentored Jake when he was a young hunter. (Photo provided)
It was back in 2004 when I took a kid afield for New York State’s first-ever youth turkey-hunting weekend. Living in the Adirondacks then, the temperature bottomed out at a brisk 18 degrees on that Saturday morning. But Jake was more than willing to give it a try. We called in a curious fisher shortly off the roost, and not surprisingly didn’t hear any gobbling. But later that morning we spied a pair of lone jakes, got set up into position and they dutifully strolled into shotgun range.
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