Teen hunter’s first turkey is a true trophy


24-pound gobbler ends 3-year drought

Colin Humphrey, 16-years-old from Monroe, N.C., killed his first ever turkey on April 17 in Guilford County. And it was a true trophy, and the end to the young hunter’s years-long drought.

The turkey weighed 24.11 pounds, sported an 11-inch beard, and carried 1.5-inch spurs. After struggling through his previous hunts, this one made it all worth it, with the big gobbler basically falling into his lap.

“He’s hunted turkeys for three years with no luck but never gave up,” said Neal Queen, a family friend who was there for the hunt.

Queen said Humphrey had some bad luck during the youth opener, busting turkeys off the roost and not getting a shot. But this time, the 24-pound bird ran straight to him.

Humphrey, a competition shooter for Piedmont High School’s shooting team, shot the gobbler at 30 yards with one shot from his Beretta 12-gauge.

The trophy gobbler had the spurs to match its body and beard.
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