Birdie attempt

Updated: May 19, 2010, 4:22 PM ET
By Mike Suchan | ESPNOutdoors.com

ST. ALBANS, Mo. — John Ludwig is a self-made turkey hunter.

On his family's farm near Salem, Mo., where as a youth he learned to hunt deer with his father, he decided to give turkey a try. As a teen, he went to a store to buy a license, a shotgun and a call. The clerk scoffed, saying, "There's only one day left in the season."

He went out alone the next day and killed his first bird of many in a state that turkey hunters across the nation clamor to visit.

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