The Arrowhead Gobbler

Every gobbler is interesting to the hunter who kills it, but here's one that grabbed the attention of a gang of rambunctious boys and their dads. A few weeks back, my sons, Jacob and Jack, and I joined former American Hunter assistant editor Hunter Jenkins and his son, Hunter, along with their friends Jim and John Henry Dudley, for camp at the Jenkins family cabin, just a stone's throw from the historic James River in central Virginia. We had returned there at mid-morning after the skies opened up with rain, and aside from a close-but-no-cigar encounter that excited and frustrated Jack and me, it had been pretty quiet for our group. So it came as a high point when another friend, Vic Sorrell, came rolling in with a big tom he had taken nearby. However, there was more to see than just a dead turkey.

"After I shot and the gobbler was thrashing around, he kicked this out of the ground," said Vic, displaying an exquisite stone arrow point. We all gathered around and things were momentarily quiet. Then one of the boys asked if that arrowhead had been used to shoot a turkey.

We couldn't answer that, but for sure it was hard evidence that hunters like us have been roaming along the James for thousands of years. Let's not lose sight of that next time some knee-jerk anti-hunters want to shut down one of humankind's most enduring and important traditions.     

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