ORRINGTON, Maine — When 15-year-old Anthony Chiappone rose early on Saturday morning to take part in Youth Turkey Day, it didn’t take long before he and his dad, Nick Chiappone, had some company.
“We had to shoo the deer off the lawn in order to go out and go hunt turkeys,” the elder Chiappone said with a chuckle after registering the bird at Bob’s Kozy Korner store. “There were two right in front of us. Then four more ran across. Then we rode out [in an ATV to the hunting location] and the deer kept coming out, one after the other. There were 13 out there at one point. Then the turkeys started coming in. It was pretty fun.”
The Chiappones live in Orrington, which has a thriving wild turkey population.
Anthony Chiappone said about 22 turkeys eventually joined in the festivities.
“[The field] was littered [with animals],” he said.
Anthony Chiappone was patient, watching as turkeys walked past, out of range, before finally settling on a young male turkey, or “jake,” which got a bit too close for its own good.
“I heard another group behind us, and I could hear them coming in,” he said. “I told my dad, ‘Hey, they’re right there.’ He covered his ears and I shot him at about five, 10 yards.”
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...
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