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Youth turkey season underway

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FERRISBURGH, Vt. -

This might look like a typical play date between two 11-year-olds. But in fact they're just catching up to talk about their hunts earlier in the day. Zachary Stearns and Cyrus Devine, of Ferrisburgh, were in their blinds in the early hours setting their sights on turkey.

"When you shoot sometimes fall over and with my first turkey it jumped in the air and did a back flip," said Stearns. "It's the thrill like when one's in front of you, you just start shaking and your adrenaline starts running. You can't handle yourself," said Devine.

Both boys have wanted to hunt their whole lives watching their dads and other relatives get a thrill out of the sport. They then trained together and got their licenses at age 7. "Having a real live animal in front of you with a gun in your hand to kill it and eat it later. The thought of it is crazy," said Devine.

Officials say Vermont has a healthy population of turkeys with an estimated 45 to 50 thousand. But there are a few things you need to know about hunting. Once you have your license stay safe handling equipment and interacting with wild turkey, be patient, and know how to lure turkeys in.

Both boys said the best part of hunting is the tradition of hunting with family. "I'm going to hunt for a really long time. Because it's really fun and I like to do it with my dad and my grandpa and my uncles and my cousins," said Stearns.

And parents agree that getting children involved with hunting is not only a lesson in determination and patience, but an opportunity to bond with a great sport. "It's not about the kill, it's about being outside. It's like Zach was saying, when you're out there just before daylight and you're sitting there and you're listening to the world come alive, song birds start singing, turkeys start gobbling," said Zachary's father, Dan Stearns.

Despite how many turkeys were caught or not, the boys say they'll have another shot.

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