Rayleigh Faircloth, a 10-year-old from Swainsboro, has spent a majority of her childhood in the great outdoors. She has a lot of great memories because of that—and opening day of the 2022 turkey season added to the collection.
The daughter of Jeremy Faircloth and Jessica Martin bagged her first turkey on Saturday, April 2, around 8:45 a.m.
While hunting on land that belongs to her “Nona,” Karen Faircloth, she was chaperoned by her cousin, Jaycee, and her boyfriend, Hunter Spivey.
“Rayleigh has been hunting heavily since she was about 7, but she started hunting with her daddy and grandparents when she was about 3,” her mom explained. About the historic harvest, Martin says her daughter felt all the emotions typically part of such an experience. “In the moment, she was calm but excited. Afterward, she was very proud of herself.”
Faircloth used a 20-gauge Beretta shot gun for the kill. The bird weighed in at 23 pounds, boasted an 11” beard, and had spurs that were 1-3/8” in length.
Her parents committed to having the harvest preserved for her by way of a full mount. Once finished, it will be displayed inside a family cabin.
Faircloth is in Brandi Mills’s fourth grade class at David Emanuel Academy.