Castleton--The 12th annual Bart Jacob Memorial Youth Turkey Calling Contest, held April 8 in Castleton, attracted 20 competitors including several Vermont 4-H'ers.
The Oxbow Mountain 4-H Club of Pawlet and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department hosted the event at Kehoe Conservation Camp. In addition to the calling contest, arranged by age, the youths had an opportunity to participate in several University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H shooting sports events including shotgun patterning, air rifle trailer and .22 rifle shoot. Robert Sterling, a K-9 warden from Fair Haven, gave a demonstration on how he uses his dog Crocket to find gun powder.
In Division I, open to kids nine-years-old and younger, contestants were required to cluck, yelp and perform a locator call of their own choice using either a store-bought or handmade turkey call. Coming in first was Spencer Sheldon, 9, from Dorset, followed by Brooke Flewelling, 6, Rutland; and North Danville 4-H'er Nick McReynolds, 8. Honorable mention went to Robby Harris, 9, Poultney.
Division II for 10- to 14-year-olds attracted 11 participants. Calls for this division included the cluck, yelp, purr and locator call of choice.
First-place winner was Dorset 4-H'er Colby Butler, 12. Second place went to Josiah Aubrey, 14, Fort Ann, New York, and third to Cooper Sheldon, 11, Dorset. Tying for fourth place and receiving honorable mentions were 4-H'ers Jonathan Churchill, 14, Groton, and Luke McReynolds, 13, North Danville.
Winners in Division III for 15- to 18-year-olds, in order of placement, were 4-H teens Hunter Michaud, 15, East Hardwick, and Ethan Moore and Adam Browe, both 16 and from Pawlet. Contestants were evaluated on their ability to perform several turkey calls including the cluck, yelp, purr, kee kee run and caller’s favorite.
The annual contest honors the late Bart Jacobs, a nationally recognized turkey call-maker and turkey hunter. The long-time Pawlet resident was a strong supporter of youth hunters.
To learn more about the UVM Extension 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact Lisa Muzzey, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 885-8386 or (800) 278-5471 (toll-free in Vermont) or firstname.lastname@example.org.