2017-05-18 / Outdoors

8-year-old bags tom with a crossbow

CODY TIETJE, 8, shot this tom with a 10-inch beard with a crossbow.CODY TIETJE, 8, shot this tom with a 10-inch beard with a crossbow.
Just in case young Cody Tietje’s luck in hunting is a dream, he may not want to pinch himsef.

Tietje has harvested his second big Tom turkey in two years, both with a crossbow.

“They spotted it the night before it roosted, but they didn’t get out in the morning,” said Ken Tietje, recalling a hunt undertaken by his son and grandson, Chris Tietje and Cody, in Centerville Township. “His dad called it in and got it to turn the right direction, and he drilled it with his crossbow.”

The turkey turned out to have a 10-inch beard — a trophy.

Tietje, a student at Leland Public School, was only seven last October when he shot a five-point buck with a crossbow. He had a broken wrist at the time.

“He hasn’t missed anything,” said Ken Tietje.

Big birds seem to be the norm.


JEFF KRYSINSKI, a member of the Cedar Rod & Gun Club, shot this tom on May 10 in Cleveland Township. The 23-pound bird had a 10-inch beard. JEFF KRYSINSKI, a member of the Cedar Rod & Gun Club, shot this tom on May 10 in Cleveland Township. The 23-pound bird had a 10-inch beard. Jeff Krysinski, a member of the Cedar Rod & Gun Club, shot a tom on May 10 in adjacent Cleveland Township. The 23-pound bird also had a 10-inch beard.

The late turkey season is now well underway and continues through May 31.

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