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made my last calls. “Ben, I’m going to make another set of calls, but before I do, I’m going to get up and go straighten our jake decoy,” I whispered. “Okay,” Ben whispered back. Whenever I leave a turkey or deer setup, I always try to remember to check things out around me before moving to get up. Slowly, I turned my head and surveyed the woods to our right. Satisfied nothing was there, I began to turn my head back to check things out in front of us. I couldn’t believe my eyes. A gobbler was standing about 70 yards away with its white head above the weeds at the edge of the field. “Ben,” I whispered excitedly. “Don’t move. There’s a gobbler straight ahead. See his white head sticking up?” “Yes. I see it,” Ben whispered back. “Don’t move,” I whispered again. Moments later, the gobbler stepped into the open field, and it was followed by another tom. Together, in single file, they started toward us. It was soon apparent they were locked onto the decoys and heading our way. All I could think of was how Ben would get the shotgun off his lap and up to his shoulder without those turkeys seeing the movement. Fortunately, the gobblers were taking their good old time. As they did, I noticed they were lowering their heads in unison and feeding as they came. After watching them for a short time, I realized that the heads stayed down feeding for a minute or so, and then both heads came up and looked around. Once again, I whispered to Ben. “When their heads are down, bring your gun up slowly. When the heads come up, stop.” What a challenge for a 14-year-old who had yet to shoot a gobbler. Nevertheless, Ben was equal to the task. He performed masterfully, and what a thrill for his pap to watch him do it. Just as I had coached, when the heads went down, Ben eased his gun up. When the heads came up, Ben stopped where he was. Finally, after doing it six times, Ben’s shotgun was shouldered and the gobblers were in range. Now, however, there was another problem. Both gobblers stood facing us, and we couldn’t see any beards. “Ben,” I whispered, “Don’t shoot till you see a beard.” No sooner had I said that than both gobblers turned and walked by us heading for the woods to our right. Now, we saw short beards on both of them. Why isn’t Ben shooting? I thought. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw why. The lead gobbler Ben was sighting on had to clear a small bush and our decoys before he could shoot. Finally, the gobbler stepped into the open and Ben shot. The gobbler went down, but was half flopping, half crawling, trying to get away. “Ben,” I said. “Shoot it again.” Ben did and the gobbler was his. Ben jumped up and hurried toward the fallen gobbler. I followed more slowly. APRIL 2010

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

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover3
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