Baldwin turkey festival attracts diverse audience

BALDWIN  — Hunter Ladouceur was among the youngsters who attended the 34th annual Turkey Hunters Rendezvous Saturday at Baldwin High school.

But Ladouceur came all the way with relatives from DeWitt to enjoy another full day of action presented by the Pere Marquette Chapter of the Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association.

Ladouceur was sitting in the bleachers practicing his turkey calls with his father’s cousin, Dale Ladouceur, also from DeWitt.

“My cousin and I, Steve, his dad, have been coming here for five years,” Dale Ladouceur said. “It’s just the turkey hunting atmosphere we enjoy.”

Hunter said he goes out hunting with his dad and actively calls.

“We brought (Hunter) last year and it’s his second year here,” Dave Ladouceur said. “We’re keeping him engaged in the hunting tradition.”

The festival started in the morning with vendor exhibits, door prizes, gun raffle and calling clinics. The state calling championships took place early in the afternoon. Then activities shifted to the VFW Hall north of Baldwin for a turkey shoot and turkey dinner.

It’s a unique event, especially for turkey hunters, he agreed.

“This is the only one that I’m aware of,” Ladouceur said. “We turkey hunt in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula. There’s quite a few (turkeys). We did a little bit of scouting to pass the time on the way up here.”