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Spring Gobbler Double Take By Bud Cole ARED DEUTSCH had many thoughts going through his mind as he patterned his shotgun behind the farmhouse the evening before the opening day of spring gobbler season. He was thinking about his grandfather who had introduced him to hunting and had been so much a part of his life. His thoughts also strayed to the possibility of bagging his first spring gobbler the following morning. Michael Everett had different thoughts as he studied the pattern of his shotgun at a different location. Perhaps he would take his 10th spring turkey. The two men had met about seven months earlier. Now the two hunters were about to join forces for a spring gobbler hunt on a farm in Northampton County owned by Jared’s Uncle Jerome and Michael’s friend Eric. The property had been bought at auction about a year earlier. Jared, an 18-year-old high school senior, had spent four previous spring turkey seasons hunting on a State Game Lands in Berks County. Over that time he had enticed one young gobbler to respond to his calls, but the jake never came within range for a shot. Michael is a 40-year-old seasoned turkey hunter known locally for his ability to call in the clever male birds of spring. Hunting does tend to bring together individuals of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Jared and Michael met by chance during the previous fall archery deer season. Both hunters had permission to hunt on the property. As with most hunters sharing a hunting area, Jared and Michael met to discuss where each would be setting up their treestands. Knowing the individual APRIL 2009 J stand locations would prevent them from accidentally crossing paths and possibly ruining the other hunter’s chances of success. Ongoing discussions during the archery season led to a realization that they also had a mutual interest in spring turkey hunting. By the time the fall hunting seasons had ended, Michael offered his services to call in Jared’s first spring gobbler. Michael had already helped five other hunters fill their spring gobbler tags. The rest is history, as you will soon find out. This hunt turned out better than the other five hunts combined. Although both hunters had done preseason scouting on the farm, they were not able to explore the territory together until about an hour before sunrise on the opening day of the spring gobbler season, as they parked their vehicles in front of the farmhouse. Michael had placed his camouflage pop-up 2-man blind in a location that offered the best view of approaching turkeys. Both hunters then agreed on the location after comparing scouting notes. It was a high point along the tree line, west of a wheat field that sloped down toward the farmhouse and pond. It was well out of range of any farm buildings, plus it provided a great vantage point for scanning the edges of the woodlots. Any tom turkey poking his head out of the surrounding woodlots would stand out like a sore thumb. The two hunters quietly worked 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
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