Max Konickson, 11, Red Lake Falls, Minn., has been trying since the spring of 2014 to bag his first wild turkey. He came close one year, narrowly missing a tom, but the ultimate goal remained elusive.

Until Thursday morning, April 25.

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Hunting with Cory Loeffler and his dad, Dan Konickson, Max shot a big old tom near St. Hilaire, Minn., and the excitement was obvious. “Finally got one, finally broke the curse,” he said.

In April 2014 when he was 6 years old, Max was featured in a Grand Forks Herald story about his first-ever turkey hunt on an evening when the birds had other ideas. To read the story, go to