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An eleven year old will make it into the national record books after he recently shot his first wild turkey. While being that young and partaking in a turkey hunt is nothing new, the bird that he was able to catch was a record breaker.

Upon investigation of his kill, it was found that the wild turkey gobbler had ten beards which scored 179.25. According to statistics from the National Wild Turkey Records, this is the third highest score in the state of Missouri and the ninth highest in the US.

The ten beards measured 68.0625 inches and the whole bird weighed 22 pounds and 8 ounces.

The 11 year old, Kooper, had entered his harvest in the 13th annual youth turkey hunt contest held at Walt’s Archery & Gun, Stockton where he was scored. Not surprisingly his bird got him first place out of 33 entries. As a prize he was given a new shotgun.

After submitting his bird, he spent most of the day showing off the turkey and taking photos.

During the hunt, Kooper, who is still in the fifth grade, admitted that he was very nervous during the hunt. However, he kept his nerves and took advantage of two turkeys walking towards them.

This turkey was the first turkey he was able to harvest but it did take three youth hunts to achieve it and he was unable to catch another turkey due to youth season limits.

This isn’t the first kill for the young hunter. Last year he shot his first deer and he hopes that he will go pheasant hunting in South Dakota now he has passed his hunter education that is required within the state.

Missouri hosts many youth hunts and they are an important aspect of keeping the hunting sport alive, especially as there is a dwindling and aging hunting population.

When was your first hunting kill? What are your memories of the event?

Let us know in the comments below.


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