My 12 year old and I just finished up his season yesterday. Our problem is he's using my 20 guage and can't quite hold it steady for a lengthy period so we use a bipod. That pretty much locks us in to one direction for the shot. We were going every afternoon once school got out. Last Friday he had a nice tom coming right at him along a field edge, just a bit too far out so I had him wait. Then it started moving further out into the field taking away the straight on shot and forcing him to turn to his left. As he was twisting and trying to line up the shot, I think he didn't stay down on the stock with his cheek. Shot right over it. The bird flew, he says "dammit" (listens too close to his dad I guess), and immediately is upset. After awhile once he calmed down, I asked.."what did you say after you missed?"
He got a nice one two years ago on his first hunt so it wasn't too disappointing striking out this year. On the plus side, I got permission from a farmer this year that's just 2 miles from home. Birds are there, we just need to become better turkey hunters.