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a turkey clucked and I answered immediately with more clucks. Before long, several birds were calling. To answer, I changed tactics and called a series of five or six yelps and repeated them at one-minute intervals. I was afraid the old hen or a mature gobbler would fly down from the roost and call the flock away if I called conservatively. I needed to hold the attention of the mostly young turkeys in the flock. The first turkey that flew from a roost to my side of the creek was a young hen. She looked toward me without detecting me and walked away about the time two more young hens flew across and followed her. By now, turkeys still in trees on the other side were calling and I yelped aggressively, hoping they would come. More of the flock crossed the creek, including two young gobblers, and one walked in front of me, 35 yards away. He was in full view with no brush or trees between us when I shot at his head and neck. He went down, flopping, while the rest of the flock flew toward a mountain. It may have been drinking water that brought the flock from the mountain to the small strip of woods along the creek where they roosted. I just happened to be hunting there at the right time. It also is possible that other hunters had chased the turkeys off the mountain and to the little woods. No one hunted turkeys there, so it was a secure place. Safety makes a small woods attractive to hard-hunted turkeys. A small amount of turkey scratching in the leaves in a woods reveals that at least one bird is there. That lonesome bird is the one to hunt. If additional turkeys are
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in the woods, scratching will be more plentiful. Those birds won’t remain in a small woods indefinitely, however, so hunt them without delay. The procedure I use is different than when hunting a big woods. To begin hunting a small woods that has or may have turkeys, set up quietly about 10 yards inside the woods and call by yelping or clucking softly. By setting up near the edge of the woods, you are less apt to spook unseen and unheard birds that are close by. Because a woodlot is small compared with a mountain, the turkeys can’t be very far away even if they are at the opposite end of the woods. It may be necessary to quietly move farther inside the woods to call again, but be careful not to advance too far and chance being seen. Any turkey in the vicinity will hear your calls and move in your direction if it wants company. An old gobbler or other turkey might answer you, but be prepared for it to sneak in without calling. Your main job is to watch, listen and not be seen, which means staying as still as possible. If you know that turkeys are definitely in the woods and know ap27



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
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