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TURKEY HUNTER, 12, HAS WRITE STUFF.

Byline: Keith Lair Staff Writer

MONROVIA - It was a dream week for Tim Hoffman.

He had the chance to go turkey hunting for the first time three weeks ago. He harvested a bird near Sutter Creek on a Monday in April. Four days later, he bagged a larger bird in the Kansas One-Shot Governor's Turkey Hunt near El Dorado, Kan.

Hoffman, led by guide Clint Lee, had bagged his turkey, which weighed 19 pounds and had a score of 55.735, on his first shot.

Then the 12-year-old from Monrovia won the National Wild Turkey Federation youth essay contest with ``Why Hunters are the Greatest Conservationists.'' His essay explains hunting as a wildlife management tool.

He also won a .22-caliber rifle and a turkey call box and was honored at the NWTF's 28th annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. His father, Kurt, a horse veterinarian at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, attended the convention and turkey hunt with his son.

The seventh-grader at Barnhart School in Arcadia is one of the youngest winners of the contest, now in its ninth year. His entry was selected among entries from 11 states and one Canadian province.

Kurt grew up hunting in Nebraska. When Tim turned 10, his father bought him a BB gun. That Christmas, he received a shotgun.

``I just love to hunt for turkeys,'' Tim said. ``It's pretty neat to call them in. I just love it.''

Kurt said he is more proud of his son's hunting etiquette than the winning essay or hunting skills.

``He's willing to pass up a shot, and that's tough for 10- to 12-year-old kids,'' Kurt said.

Tim's father said Tim is a near straight-A student. He plays on the school's flag football team, but his first team-sport love is hockey, which he regularly plays in Burbank.

Keith Lair, (626) 962-8811

keith.lair(at)sgvn.com
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