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HEN I MET Andy the last thing I ever expected is that he would become a hunter. A Materials Scientist with a PhD from MIT just didn’t fit the hunter stereotype in the mind of a guy born and raised in McKean County who had been hunting his entire life. Born and raised a “city boy” near Syracuse, NY, Andy and I met through a high school friend, Damon, who attended

undeterred. On May 20, 2011, a group of my friends gathered in McKean County for the baptism of Damon’s daughter. Damon told me that Andy and his wife would be coming to town from Albany, New York, and that Andy would be excited to try turkey hunting. Because he would be busy organizing the weekend’s events, Damon asked if I could take Andy out. I was a bit apprehensive because I knew Andy had no turkey hunting experience, and because turkeys are one of the most challenging animals to hunt in Pennsylvania. But knowing Andy’s zeal for the outdoors, I decided I would get Andy set up with

college with him. He started coming to the wilds of McKean County around 2001, and was soon intrigued by our pursuits of the deer and turkey that roamed the wilds of northern PA. In 2005 Andy decided to take the Pennsylvania Hunter-Trapper Education course so he could give hunting a try. Some friends of mine then outfitted him with appropriate attire and a rifle, and that fall, Andy went deer hunting for the first time. Even though he didn’t get a deer, he seemed to have become hooked on the outdoors and hunting. After living on the West Coast for a few years, Andy moved back to New York in 2008. A few more attempts at hunting deer had proved unproductive but, nonetheless, Andy was
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the appropriate camouflage, Damon would lend him a proven turkey gun, and I would take Andy out for his first spring gobbler hunt. After a restless night’s sleep, thinking of how to proceed with a rookie in the turkey woods, I arrived at Damon’s cabin to pick up Andy. The time was 4:30 a.m. I don’t know if Andy ever got up that early before, but he met me in the driveway with a look on his face that could be rivaled only by a 5-year-old on Christmas morning. He was brimming with anticipation. After a few moments reviewing some basic safety rules and a quick practice sighting the gun, taking off the safety, and where to aim on a bird, we jumped in the car for a short ride to the valley across from the cabin. As we walked through the fields on the way to the woods, I pointed out the call of the woodcock in the predawn fog.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 11
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover3
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