From Xplor for Kids
April 2010 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Apr 01, 2010

Good shot, Caleb!” Scott Williams held up his son’s target. Pellets peppered the paper turkey’s head. “Looks like practice has paid off. You’re ready for turkey season.”

On opening day, Caleb and his dad hiked to their hunting spot by moonlight. At dawn, they heard a turkey gobble. For hours, his dad called to the tom, trying to lure him closer. But the turkey wouldn’t budge. Caleb thought about giving up.

Suddenly, the turkey gobbled much closer. “Get ready,” whispered his dad. “He’s strutting right by our decoy!” Caleb took aim, clicked off the safety, and slowly squeezed the trigger…

“You got him!” Caleb peeked away from his gun to see he had made a clean shot. He gave his dad a high five, then went to tag his turkey. It was so big, his dad had to carry it back to the truck. On the way, Caleb spotted a flint arrowhead sticking up through the dirt. This had been his lucky day!

Caleb’s turkey ended up being bigger than the turkey his dad harvested later in the season. This spring, Caleb will be back in the woods, hoping to have another lucky day.


Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Raindrop Magic

Rain came down. The St. Francis River rose, and so did the water in photographer Dave Stonner’s boots. His rain jacket was soaked through.

You Discover

With fish to catch, turkeys to hunt and mushrooms to find, sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do in April and May. To help, here’s a list of Missouri’s best outdoor activities for you to discover.

Born to be Wild

Wild parents know what’s best for their babies.

Backyard Buffet

Animals that catch and eat other animals are called predators. Not all predators are big. Some, like robins, are small. To see small predators, you don’t have to travel far. Keep your eyes peeled during the day, and you might find these pintsized predators using your backyard for a buffet.

Which Bird, Which Egg?

Just like birds, eggs come in many sizes, shapes and colors.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Joan McKee
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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