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Ernie advised me to get some turkey loads for the Lefever, and we would go hunting together some morning for an old gobbler. Some may not understand it, but I had absolutely no desire to shoot at a turkey’s head with a 12-gauge shotgun. So I said to Ernie, “Let’s go turkey hunting tomorrow morning. I’ll do the calling and you do the shooting. I won’t even carry a gun.” And that’s the way we did it. While neither one of us was known for our expertise with a turkey call, I had a good slate call with which I had gotten a response from more than one turkey during the fall season, when I could use the Hornet. So the next morning when the fog was just beginning to lift and the sun was a slice of orange coming over the treetops, Ernie and I were working our way along the edge of a field where we could look down into the woods of upper Goose Hollow. At various intervals Ernie would take a position in the woods and I would call from the edge of the field, but it was as though the woods were empty. Never once did we get a response. About 9 o’clock the sun was shining and the fog was nothing but a few feathery wisps above the treetops. After talking things over we decided to go back down the ridge road about half a mile and into the woods on the northern end of the Buckhorn. This would put us in a location overlooking the lower end
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of Goose Hollow, a favorite haunt of Fred Segar, one of our friends and neighbor who was a pro with a turkey call. To put it bluntly, we both figured that if Fred had been there that morning, successful or not, our chances of success were virtually nil. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained. As we were going across the fields headed back into the woods, we met Fred coming out shaking his head. “I don’t know where they are,” he said. “I’ve been here since daybreak and haven’t heard a thing.” “Well, we’re here,” I told him, “and we haven’t got anything to lose. We’ll go in and give it a try. Maybe we’ll get lucky.” Fred grinned at me and went on his way, while Ernie and I went into the woods Fred had just come out of. If there is anything I have learned during the years I hunted it is that you never give up on success from the time you load your gun in the morning until the time you unload it at the end of the day. When you are dealing with game, a situation can change within seconds. Never let your guard down. Ernie and I had barely gotten into the woods when we paused for a moment long enough for me to bring out the slate call and make a few yelps. Almost instantly from down in Goose Hollow a gobbler responded in such a tone you knew he meant business. He was a good distance away, and it was all uphill from him to us, but while I scrambled for cover, Ernie bolted downhill a bit and crouched under a low hemlock out of my sight. Not 10 minutes had passed since Fred had told us he had been
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 64a
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 64b
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover4
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