The essays were received, the votes were tallied and 18-year-old Torin Miller of State College, PA was declared the winner of the Generation Wild Turkey Hunt Contest. His prize was a spring turkey hunt at the Tamarack Preserve in Millbrook, NY with Field & Stream’s Video Editor, Mike Shea and guide Shane Odell. Check out the video of his hunt and Torin’s own thoughts on his experience.
By Torin Miller
Nothing says “Welcome to Upstate New York” like a mural of walleye and smallmouth bass. That’s exactly what greeted me at the gate of Albany International Airport. In the morning, I would be hunting eastern wild turkeys at Tamarack Preserve in Millbrook, N.Y. My excitement level couldn’t have been higher.
The alarm buzzed early in our motel room--3:30 a.m. early. It didn’t take me long to get into my gear, and I met Field & Stream’s Video Editor Mike Shea in the empty motel parking lot and we headed off to Tamarack.
We pulled into the Preserve’s parking lot and headed inside to meet our guide for the day, Shane Odell. Shane was much younger than I was expecting, but he sure knew his stuff. As he was roosting birds the night before, he was mock-charged by a black bear sow. He just laughed it off and then told us we were headed to that same spot for the morning hunt.
Meet the finalists in the Generation Wild Turkey Hunt Contest. One of these young guns will win an all-expenses-paid Turkey hunt in upstate New York this spring. We had a bunch of entries, but these five impressed us most. And after you read the essays they wrote for their contest entries, you’ll understand why. Now that we’ve narrowed it down to these five, we need your help picking a winner.
After you read each finalist’s short essay, vote for the one you think should win the grand-prize turkey hunt. The F&S staff will take your votes into consideration when we select the Grand Prize winner.(Don’t worry: the other four finalists will be walking away with some cool prizes, too.) Vote as many times as you like. After the voting ends on Friday, March 4, we’ll announce the winner. Click Here To Vote!
Attention young hunters (that is, those of you who’re 15 to 18 years old): Any interest in an all-expenses-paid turkey hunt in upstate New York next spring? Yep, that’s what we thought. Well, here’s your chance.
One lucky Generation Wild reader will get to join a Field & Stream editor for a guided spring turkey hunt in 2011. You can click here to enter. But first, here’s the gist of the contest:
For starters, you’ll need to tell us a bit about your hunting experience. We also want to see your best hunting photo—one of you with a gobbler, a whitetail, or any other critter after a successful hunt. And if you’ve got one, upload a hunting video that you filmed and edited on your own or with some friends. (The video isn’t a requirement for the contest, but let’s just say that those who include one will score some bonus points during the judging process.)
Generation Wild Junior Pro Staffer Nate Dean recently got to chat with Scott Terning, Director of Waterfowler Recruitment and Education at Delta Waterfowl, about hunting, conservation, and how Delta Waterfowl is working to get more kids interested in the outdoors with its First Hunt program.
Nate Dean: What is the greatest part about your job at Delta Waterfowl? Scott Terning: I am surrounded by passionate staff, volunteers, and members. Working as Recruitment and Education Director brings many challenges, but also provides many rewards. With this position the rewards can be noticed first hand, but knowing this position will have impact for many—youth, adults, and first-time duck hunters—for years to come.
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Tamarack Preserve in upstate New York with the Generation Wild pro staffers. We were after New York gobblers. After arriving at the hotel I knew that I was going to be tired so I went ahead on to bed. After thinking I had set my alarm clock for 3:30 a.m., I went to bed. After just a few hours of sleep I suddenly woke up and not remembering the alarm going off. I looked at the clock…and it was 4:00 a.m. right on the money, which is when we were all supposed to meet at the hotel lobby. I knew someone wanted me up to go turkey hunting.
A couple of weeks ago, anglers everywhere (myself included) took to the lakes and streams of Pennsylvania for the opening day of trout season. If you have never been in Pennsylvania for the first day of trout season it is a sight to see. On nearly every road located within a mile of fishable water cars and trucks line up on both sides.
As a senior in high school, I thought I owed it to myself to take a "sick" day from school and do a little fishing this week. It was the best decision I ever made!
I woke up early and got all of my fishing gear packed and ready to go. I met my girlfriend, Alli, at her house, and we were on our way. I decided to go to an old fishing hole my grandfather showed me on the Lehigh River when I was a little boy. After what seemed like a 10-mile walk, we finally got to the spot, which was under an old bridge. Once we got there we came across an old man fishing with his fly rod. He said he was trying to catch a huge fish out in the deep hole of the river, but he couldn't get him to bite. I looked out into a deep swirling hole and that is where I saw him: a huge rainbow trout. At first glance it looked like it had to be at least 30 inches long, but when it comes to fish I always exaggerate. Who doesn't?
It was a breezy, cool April morning. I was out looking for a long beard with three other hunters. With the strong wind, we were kind of skeptical about the turkeys gobbling or moving very much. But we went out anyway and all headed to our separate hunting spots.