Minnesota hunter Jerry Cusick, a commander with the Washington County sheriff’s office, is tougher than most.
According to TwinCities.com, while scouting spring turkeys on neighboring Wisconsin private land back in 2013, he took all the usual measures to be safe, as we all do. On hearing hen yelping, he instantly thought it sounded more like a box call – another hunter; one who shouldn’t be there.
It didn't sound quite right.
He thought it best to leave, sensing a potentially dangerous situation. As he turned and began to walk down the trail, a shot rang out. Pellets drilled his face.
The shooter – who incidentally had permission to hunt an adjacent parcel – later claimed he mistook the commander for a turkey.
Cusick was taken to the hospital. But he didn’t stay there. After all, it was turkey season and he had a tag to fill.
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.