2015-05-07 / Outdoors

Young hunters connect on ‘Wednesday’ turkeys


EMILEE BELLANT was patient while watching this tom come in from 200 yards. EMILEE BELLANT was patient while watching this tom come in from 200 yards. Two young turkey hunters fared well on Wednesdays during the first two early seasons, with the month-long general season now underway.

Emilee Ballant, 11, of Maple City took a little bit of time off from school on Wednesday, April 22, to shoot a dandy longbeard using a double-barrel shotgun. The Glen Lake sixth grader made it to school for her second hour of classes, however.

“We called the turkey in from 200 yards out with the help of some decoys while hunting the family food plot,” said her father, Kevin. “Emilee made a beautiful shot. He was escorting three hens.”

The tom had an 11-inch beard.

Cody Campbell of Lake Leelanau shot a 21-pound turkey with a 9-inch beard last Wednesday evening, April 29. He and his father, Alan, spooked two toms out of an orchard in Suttons Bay Township, then reset and managed to call them both in an hour later. The tom was busy looking at a lone hen decoy when Cody pulled the trigger.


CODY CAMPBELL was all smiles after taking the third turkey of his life. CODY CAMPBELL was all smiles after taking the third turkey of his life. Campbell is an eighth grade student at St. Mary School.

Turkey season continues through May in Leelanau County.

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