An Elk Hunter Finds a Passion for Turkey Hunting in the Spring
Jeff Lusk is a passionate elk hunter from Puyallup, Wash., who caught turkey fever. Now he finds himself in Missouri with rising flood waters that may put an end to his hunt. But through determination and perseverance, he brings the story home in this Morning Thunder Original Film by Nathaniel Maddux.
The connection of turkey hunting and the act of turkey calling is often referenced to as the “Poor Man’s Elk” hunt. And much like elk hunting, it can take a lot of miles, failed encounters, to overcome the pursuit of wild game.
“If you can feel them spitting and drumming and you can feel it in your heart. You know they are close.”
Lusk, while turkey hunting in Missouri, explores the passion he found for turkey hunting with a lifelong friend. Although time has taken Jeff to the West where he pursues Elk as his primary quarry he finds a profound connection with the pursuit of wild turkeys.
A.J. DeRosa is an American filmmaker and the Founder and Creative Director of Northwoods Collective. While he is most widely known for the award-winning Project Upland series, he made his first mark in the hunting industry as the critically-acclaimed author of the cult classic The Urban Deer Complex and, more recently, The Urban Deer Complex 2.0. A.J. expanded his work toward the larger mission of recruiting and welcoming millennial hunters by conducting and applying cutting-edge market research across the Northwoods Collective brands. Now a passionate bird hunter, you can find A.J. following Grim, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, through the uplands with his wife, Sabrina, and oldest son, Marty McFly.