Five-year-old wins Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s 2021 Big Gobbler Photo Contest
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association on Monday announced that Hudson Mathews of Deatsville has won the 2021 Big Gobbler Photo Contest.
Hudson, age 5, reportedly harvested the winning turkey in Pike County while hunting with his father. The gobbler, which was Hudson’s first, had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. Over the course of the photo contest, his photo received more than 1,300 votes and beat out nearly 20 other contestants to take home the top prize.
Hudson’s father advised that his son “made a perfect shot” to bag the turkey. This was the ninth annual Big Gobbler Photo Contest.
Hudson has been awarded a limited-edition commemorative “Memories of Spring” box call produced together by famed Alabama turkey hunter Ron Jolly and turkey hunting legend Preston Pittman, as well as the recently released book by Jolly of the same name.
“We are grateful to the participants in this year’s contest and know that many memories of spring were created in Alabama’s Black Belt throughout the season,” stated Pam Swanner, executive director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “Our region continues to be a place where families and young folks can enjoy high-quality experiences, and we invite you to come to the Black Belt to create your own memories.”
The annual photo contest was open throughout turkey season as a way to further educate the public on the abundance of natural resources found in Alabama’s Black Belt region.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn