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listening to the sounds of their ancient ritual when the curtain rose at dawn’s first light. Although the weatherman had predicted a nice day with temperatures rising in the high 60s, it was a chilly morning. The full moon shown brightly and there was no breeze. The old man lit his pipe, sipped on his coffee, and as he sat quietly in the darkness he secretly prayed that this morning no one would tag the big gobbler. The horizon had just begun to show the first pale pink and gold hint of the new day when the old man heard the first distant gobble emanating from an old logging trail to his right, above the hollow in front of him. That gobble was soon followed by two more from deep in the hollow below, roughly 200 yards or so away. The old man gripped his coffee cup tightly and leaned slowly forward in his chair, grinning with anticipation. What he heard next caused him to catch his breath — a cadence of three, then four, barely audible tree calls emanated from the hollow to his left. Who could that be? Before he had time to consider it, though, those calls were answered by a nearby booming gobble from another tom near the logging trail to his right. It’s him, the big one, he thought. Again, soft sweet hen talk came from roughly the same position the old man had heard it a few minutes before. The two gobblers he had heard in the hollow below, ones the old man believed to be the younger birds, jumped all over those hen calls, but the gobbler he had heard to his right was silent. For the next agonizing 15 minutes not a sound was heard. During this time the old man 18 wondered who was hunting on his posted property. In that short 15 minutes the old man’s emotions had gone from anticipation to excitement to anger, but the roller coaster ride of emotions was far from over. Now, from the hollow below, the old man heard a brief series of feeding calls mixed with soft putts and purrs that were immediately answered by the pair of gobblers. Then, suddenly, the gobbler to the old man’s right cut loose with a piercing gobble, confirming that this was, indeed, a mature bird. From years of experience the old man knew that with that bird’s second gobble from the same position he was saying, if he could talk, “Okay, girls, you know where I am. Now, you come to me.” It seemed as soon as the curtain rose on this scenario and it began again to play out in earnest, the veil on the old man’s memory also lifted. He now remembered that a few weeks earlier his neighbor had asked if he and his 12-yearold son could hunt there, and the old man had given them permission. The boy’s father had told the old man that he intended on calling for the youngster who had yet to bag a turkey. The thought of the youngster and his father hunting in the hollow got the old man really excited. He now could use his imagination and listen to their calls and those of the gobblers, and be able to see it in his mind with the same wide-eyed wonder as the youngster. With the exception of hearing the old gobbler again, the calls went back and forth for the next 40 minutes. The old man was impressed with the boy’s father’s calling. By the enticing nature of his calls it was clear he knew when to quit calling and leave the gobblers begging for more. The old man had to laugh a little because he heard and sensed the intense excitement of the two gobblers’ replies, and knew they soon would be running to the man’s calls on tiptoes. GAME NEWS

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
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover4
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