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punish her petite frame, I replied, “You’ll need to grow a little first; maybe next year.” The 2008 season was spent conditioning myself on how to best keep a 4-year-old occupied, while at the same time giving myself a chance to kill a turkey. Surprisingly, it took little prodding to wake Tekoa at 4 a.m. Outside of sleep, spring turkey hunting was the only endeavor at this point the Kamenars took part in prior to the sun reaching the horizon. Thus, Tekoa gave it the moniker “hunting in the middle of the night.” Having to prepare for two afield now was proving to be a new adventure for me. Most of our gear was loaded in the truck the night before, and her little backpack was filled with an assortment of story books, coloring books, crayons, breakfast bars, snacks and drinks. After arriving at our secret turkey hunting spot, the Double Bull blind was set. The first part of the day for her entailed going back to sleep until sunrise. The balance of the morning was taken up steamrolling through all of the snacks and books, while occasionally scratching on a medley of turkey calls at our disposal. Although I never connected with a bird, we always managed to have fun. Keeping it fun and having a gobbler that is in the mood to chat definitely kept her interested. Fast forward to the week before the 2009 Youth Spring Turkey Hunt day, when I asked Tekoa, “Would you like to go turkey hunting next weekend?” “You mean hunting in the middle of the night? Oh yeah!” she replied. As was custom for me prior to any hunting season, we set aside time to go to the farm we had hunted the previous year to again ask for permission. No matter how close the relationship is between landowner and hunter, she needed to know that asking permission each year is paramount. “Can we hunt turkeys?” she asked. Powerless to resist the sweetness oozing from the little pony-tailed camoclad 5-year-old, Mrs. MacDonald (old MacDonald’s wife) smiled and quickly answered, “Why, sure.” The rest of that week dragged on until, finally, it was Friday, the night before the big hunt. Regardless of the reason I gave, trying to coax the little “monkeys” to bed at 8 o’clock that night was not about to happen. It was evident that Tekoa inherited the same excitement I felt before my first trip to deer camp. She stayed up talking with her sister until almost 10. The wake-up call of the alarm came too quickly. Up and at it, we were dressing Tekoa with whatever she had in the closet that remotely looked like camo. Because we would be hunting from a blind, anything would have worked, but if the situation called for us to be outside of its cover, she needed to blend in. Her leopard print coat would work. If that camo pattern works for one of the most successful predators in the wild, it would work for my little “kitten,” I figured. She would be fashionable both in the woods as well as on the town. Tekoa had asked me the night before to pick up one of her favorite treats for her blind breakfast the next morning. A long chocolate-covered cream-filled donut from Mac’s Donuts in Aliquippa. With the next day’s inventory of equipment running through my mind, though, I forgot the donut and hoped she would, too. Needless to say, as we passed the local convenience store that carries them, I heard from the back seat, “Did you get my donut?” Sheepishly I replied, “No, sweetie, I forgot, and the store isn’t open yet.” I waited for her predictable response, “Oh, Dad.” GAME NEWS

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
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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
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