A young hunter tells his story of his first successful turkey huntFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is a recruitment effort going on nationwide and right here in the valley. The move to get more youth involved in hunting.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is a recruitment effort going on nationwide and right here in the valley. The move to get more youth involved in hunting.
In the mid 1980's--America had nearly 17-million hunters. By 2001, the number was down 23-percent and expected to fall to 9-million ten years from now. WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand has more on one young hunter who has the prize "Tom" and the picture of his first successful turkey hunt.
6-year old Gus Elbert has quite the story to tell his young classmates.
The day he recently sat in the blind with his Dad and grandpa, during North Dakota's Turkey Hunt.
"We are set up, almost ready."
Gus has hunting in his blood. His father, Jeremy, hosts Wildlife Pursuit. But while the two have spent time together in blinds before, Jeremy says was careful about getting Gus involved in youth hunting on his own terms.
Jeremy: "Nothing short of amazing, to see him take this on. It was one of those things that I knew he would have some interest but did not want to push it because he had to develop it on his own. All kids have to find that."
Gus: "Not in range."
Just days ago, what a payoff. Gus out on his first Turkey Hunt near Cavalier, well let him tell the story.
Gus: "The Jakes came out first. Then the girls followed the Jakes, the girls were not thinking very well. They got spooked. A Tom came up."
And so with some quick consultation and advice from his Dad, Gus fired.
Gus: "I asked if I could pull the trigger and he said and i pulled the trigger and I shot him."
And got his first Turkey,
"I was shaking and Dad was too."
"I was really happy and we celebrated with an Oreo."
"Soon to be a trophy at the house."
"Afterwards we cried and laughed we hugged and hollered and talked about it the whole way home."
As the number of young hunters remains strong in North Dakota, the nation wide, they falling. Fewer Gus Elberts coming up through the hunting ranks to tell stories like this.