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ured when the time came to shoot a turkey he’d never even think about the recoil. Next I had to design a stable rest for the .410 for inside our blind. I machined a rest out of some scrap aluminum and then we were set. On the first morning of turkey season we were off to see how Ryan would do. At 8 o’clock I called in two jakes and a longbeard to within 35 yards. Ryan was ready and waiting for me to pull back the hammer of the gun, but the turkeys were a little too far off and we let them walk. Family friends Rick and Sandi told me about some turkeys that had been coming to a plowed field on their farm, so after work one evening I set up the blind and placed Ryan’s gun rest stand in it. The next morning Ryan and I got up at 4 o’clock and headed to the blind. We got into it just before sunrise, and 10 minutes later some turkeys began gobbling. About half an hour later we heard flapping wings and a hen landed about 80 yards away. Three other turkeys joined the hen and the birds began walking toward our blind. We could see that the other three birds were jakes, so I got Ryan ready. The hen passed the blind at 15 yards but the three jakes stopped 35 yards away. After about 15 minutes a light rain began falling and the turkeys started walking away. Despite my calling the birds continued to move off, so I decided to try a gobble tube. It worked, as the jakes turned around and began running our way. When they were within 20 yards I pulled back the hammer on Ryan’s single-shot and said, “Ryan, RYAN and his dad DAVE are obviously pleased with Ryan’s first turkey. you know what to do.” One of the jakes stopped and stared at the blind. Ryan put his hand over the trigger and I got really nervous. Ryan pulled the trigger and the jake dropped. “I got him,” Ryan yelled. I took the gun and unzipped the blind and ran for the turkey. Ryan stood behind me as I grasped the bird and said, “I finally got one, Dad.” “Yes, you did; you got one,” I told him. After some hoots and hollers and a hug or two, we headed home to show everyone Ryan’s trophy. It was a great day. COVER PAINTING BY TOM SCHATZ THIS MONTH’S COVER depicts a popular furbearer here in Penn’s Woods. The raccoon is a staple for trapping enthusiasts, and for a dedicated group of hunters who enjoy chasing them at night with hounds. Black-and-tan, Redbone, blue tick and treeing Walker coonhounds are some of the more popular breeds used to run “masked bandits.” Many a hound owner has fallen under the spell of the melodious far-carrying calls of his or her dog on a moonlit night in pursuit of a raccoon. MARCH 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Scofflaws
The Last Shot
Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
Chasing the Dream
The Barberry Grouse
Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
The A Team
Hand-Me-Downs
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Scofflaws
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Last Shot
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 8
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Chasing the Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Barberry Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The A Team
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hand-Me-Downs
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Crossings
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