Ruben / Gianna Gomez (15 Yrs) April 14, 2017
Fort Leonard Wood , Missouri
Being a father and new to turkey hunting, 2017 youth turkey season was approaching fast. Unable to put my daughter on a turkey the year before, I reached out and send a message through Facebook page requesting insight and information to have a better chance to harvest a Turkey for youth season for my 15-year- old daughter Gianna. One day I received a message from Adam Brumble who is a member of the Fallen Outdoors, giving me some insight and more information. Adam and I sent messages back and forth. That’s when he introduced me to Mike Unruh. Mike Immediately contacted me and we set up a date to take my Daughter Gianna out for the 2017 Youth Turkey season. The day I informed my daughter that we had 2 gentlemen from the Fallen Outdoors takin her for an opportunity to harvest her first Animal Ever, she was super excited. For about 2 weeks or so, Mike and Adam kept giving me updates and information of things that my daughter needed to do, to have a better chance in harvesting her 1 st Animal
ever. I took my daughter to range numerous times. She was becoming extremely accurate shooting her Remington 870 Youth 20 Gauge shotgun.
April 10, 2017, Gianna woke up at 0400 excited and ready to go out and experience the great outdoors. We packed the truck and went meet Mike and Adam. When we finally met Mike and Adam, we were both excited and ready to try and get my daughter her first Animal ever. We followed Mike and Adam to the hunting location that Mike had scouted. We initially set up in an opened area, right before the sun was coming up. Adam made a few calls but birds where not talking. About 45 minutes to an hour into the hunt, Mike and Adam decided that we needed to move and see if we can move around to different location. As we are moving locations Adam is making some call (Adam is a human turkey when it comes to turkey calling)
after a few calls we herd some gobblers and immediately set the decoys and took cover. Adam was able to call in a hen about 15 yards from us and the big TOM was slowly coming in. When we finally were able to see and hear the TOM gobble, Gianna was getting more and more nervous. Unfortunately, the tom would not come any closer than 80-100 yards. Eventually the TOM saw us or knew something was up and went away. We moved a few more times, trying to spot and stalk, but same result. Only hens would come to the calling, but no TOM. We herd many TOMS that day, I had told my daughter that Is not about killing and animal that we as Hunters Love. It’s the time that we spend with love ones and great friends in the great outdoors.
At around 1130 or so, after spot and stalking and trying to close the range with a couple of Toms, we almost called it a day because my daughter was getting tired and discourage. Mike decided to give it one more shot and told Adam that we were going to go up a ridge line in his truck. We got in the truck and started to up the ridge line. We stopped a couple of times and Adam made a few calls, no birds were answering to the call. On the third call, we herd what seemed like 10 Toms just going crazy. Mike immediately stopped the truck and we got out and grabbed the shot gun and started the hunt again. We went about 10 yards into the woods and took a seat next to a few old trees. It was Gianna and I, behind us was Mike recording the hunt, and behind Mike was Adam making the calls. As the Turkeys kept getting closer and closer, Mike and Adam are whispering at us telling us to be ready. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity (3-5 Minutes), you could hear the birds gobbling. Gianna started whispering at me telling me she was scare and was shaking. I told her to relax and focus. Finally, after a few minutes Mike was able to see the birds and kept whispering “Shoot! Shoot!” When mike was whispering at us to shoot, Gianna and I could not see the birds. After a few seconds, I saw the head of one of the TOMS, and pointed at it at told My daughter to shoot. She finally squeezed the trigger, immediately after she squeezed the trigger I knew she had thot the bird because it
started flapping his wings. After the shot was fired, Adam ran towards the birds like “Bo Jackson” trying to run for a touchdown. After we saw Adam run towards the birds we all got up and followed him. When we got close to the birds, we notice that 2 birds where flapping on the floor. All of us where shocked that my daughter took down 2 birds with one shot. We all where giving each other high fives, hugs. Gianna has the biggest smile and knew that this day will live in her heart forever.
This hunt was an amazing experience for my daughter and I. She finally experienced what it meant to be hunter. None of this would have not been possible if it wasn’t for Mike Unruh and Adam Brumble. Two members of the greatest hunting organization that I know “The Fallen Outdoors” Thank you Mike and Adam for a story of a lifetime. My daughter and I thank you for what you guys do and for that you will forever be family to us. Thank you.