When nine-year-old Owen Williams and family friend Ed Johnson decided to go hunting on the evening of April 22, it would be hard to imagine that by the end of the night, they would make the record books.
That evening, Owen Williams shot a 25-pound male turkey, with a beard length of 11 inches and spurs 1-4/16 inches long. The bird was large enough to be included in the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan record book and one of the largest turkeys shot in Michigan this year. Williams shot the turkey with a Pardner 410 rifle at a distance of 15 yards in Onsted. Johnson called the bird in.
“Ed called me and asked if I wanted to go hunting after school,” Williams said. “When I saw the turkey I shot him right in the head, and he went down.”
Brad and Judy Williams, Owen’s parents and owners of Exact Wildlife Taxidermy located in Tipton, are pleased their son is now a record holder.
“We’ll mount the turkey for him, but pretty soon, he’ll be learning how to do it himself,” Judy Williams said. “He’s a very good hunter, and he’s known to catch some unusual animals.”
The male is Owen’s second turkey. The first turkey he ever shot was when he was six, an 18-pound hen. “I’ve shot deer, raccoons, and tons of squirrels,” Owen said.
“He once shot a 100-pound doe with a mane. That was very unique,” Judy said.
Owen’s other hobbies include playing baseball with the Tecumseh Little League, and fishing. “I’ve caught a 10-1/2 inch and 16- pound walleye, a 28-inch and 9.9-pound catfish, a 30-inch steelhead, and a 31-inch, 23- pound salmon. “The salmon I caught when I was six, when I shot the hen,” Owen said.
“That’s what we do on spring break, we go out on the Michigan lakes and fish. Yesterday, he caught 22 blue gill fish in our pond,” Judy stated. “The fish just come to him, and he says it’s all in the wrist.”