The first day of the Clay County Turkey Fest was a fun one but the turkeys had us beat.On two separate occasions, Bubba and I had a tom headed our way when a trio of hens cut the tom's trail and he followed them into the mesquite brush.The Score: Hunt Junkies 0, Turkeys 2.We are winners in one regard, though. Our hosts here in Henrietta are topnotch and the Chamber of Commerce is working hard to make sure that the Turkey Fest is a top rate event.More tomorrow. I hope our luck changes...(Realtree.com contributor Russell A. Graves is sending reports from the Clay County Turkey Fest throughout the event. Check out www.russellgraves.com for photos, outdoor articles, videos, radio, and more. --Steve Hickoff)
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Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.