Connor Switzer, 14 from Harding, shot his first archery turkey on April 20 during the Pennsylvania Youth Turkey Hunt. His turkey weighed 16 lbs, had a 6 1/2 beard, and 1/2 spurs. He used a Hoyt Spyder Bow, with a Winners Choice Xtreme 8190 string, Carbon Express Maxima Blue Streak Arrows with NAP Twister Quick Fletch Vanes, and Rage Turkey 2 Blade 100gr Broadhead. His parents purchased the bow for him in January and he had practiced hard in order to get ready for the Youth Turkey Season.
Connor and his father were hunting on their property in Harding in a newly developed food plot that was made last July and they were hunting out of their Redneck Blind. The gobbler responded hesitantly at first to a Hunter Specialties box call, but a slate call of clucks and purrs really brought him into a decoy setup.
The gobbler was with two other Jakes. Once the birds saw their decoys, all three birds hopped over a wall, which can be seen in the picture, and were within 10 yards of their setup and blind. With one shot Connor hit the gobbler and it went down.
Connor and his father thank Jason Snavely, their wildlife consultant, Lonesome Road Archery, and good friends Rich Gdovin and Mike Karcutski.