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in the area since daybreak and hadn’t heard a single gobble. I waited a minute or so before yelping again. I didn’t want to seem too anxious for the gobbler, and when I did coax him again, he responded immediately, closer than before. Ernie told me later that my waiting had nearly given him fits. He thought I wasn’t going to call again. But I did. As I recall, I coaxed the gobbler twice more, and the last time got no response. The gobbler was wary. He wanted to be certain. Whether I called again or not, I’ve long forgotten, but the gobbler was coming toward me when Ernie spotted him and sent a turkey load in the right direction. It wasn’t one of those old gobblers with a dragging beard and inch-long
spurs, but it was a gobbler that Ernie and I had worked together in the taking. Ernie and I hunted turkeys together a few more times after that, but that particular morning so many years ago made an indelible memory that will be with me until my dying day. Many times after the event while we were together, one or the other of us would mention some moment of that morning, and the two of us would go through the whole scenario moment by moment, reliving that precious memory of a few hours during a spring turkey season. No matter if you are 25 years old or 85, you can’t do much better than that.
PAIGE HARRIS, 14, Danville, got this big nontypical in 2011 in Northumberland County. Her sister, HANNA, took a 16-point nontypical buck in 2010 (see photo in February 2011 issue) that has an official Boone & Crockett Club net score of 204-3/8, and currently ranks sixth in the state in the nontypical with firearms category. It will be interesting to see the official score on this buck’s rack. Look for both the Harris girls’ listings in the 2012 PA Big Game Records book.
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