2010-04-21 / Front Page

Gobbler Grand Slam

Waynesboro mom achieves hunting milestone
By Anne Marie Kyzer

Stacy Jackson poses the Eastern wild turkeys she bagged this season to achieve her lifetime grand slam. Stacy Jackson poses the Eastern wild turkeys she bagged this season to achieve her lifetime grand slam. It’s been five long years in the making, but one shot and two bagged birds have made Stacy Jackson one happy hunter.

Jackson, a Burke County wife and mother, achieved her lifetime grand slam when she took down her first Eastern wild turkey near Midville this season. To make the moment even sweeter, she got two gobblers with one shot.

The Eastern capped off her goal of killing each of the four subspecies of wild turkey found in the United States including the Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam and Osceola.

She bagged the other birds in Wyoming, Montana, Texas and Florida.

Until this year, she had yet to kill one of the very turkeys that could be seen in her own backyard.

Jackson said her husband Joe Jackson Jr. and friend Sam Goodin have spent hour after hour in the woods with her over the past few seasons trying to help her shoot an Eastern.

But in the end, it was her taxidermist, Trey Neville, who called up her two coveted turkeys, and it took just half an hour to get them.

“He called once and those turkeys started gobbling like crazy,” she said, remembering the shock when she pulled the trigger and both birds fell. “I never thought that my Eastern would end like that. It was crazy.”

She promptly sent the first bird right on home with Neville, who turned out to be a convenient hunting partner that day.

“I told him to mount that turkey,” she said. “It took me five years to get it. He is definitely getting stuffed.”

Though she was never a hunter before she began to pursue turkeys with her husband, she’s hooked now.

Aside from the thrill of achieving her goal, she said she loves to be outdoors and watch the turkeys interact.

“I’ll go sit in a turkey blind all day long. I enjoy being out in the woods and not having a cell phone ... and being armed,” she said with a mischievous laugh.

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