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so. By then I figured the sun would have burned off the fog and that the birds would be active. After all, with the extremely wet weather we had been having, they hadn’t seen the sun for a week. As we were heading back to the cabin I was driving by a friend’s Christmas tree farm that I knew had some turkeys hanging around. I asked Andy if he wanted to try one more spot before going back to camp. He replied that he was willing to try anything. After a quick phone call to the farm owner, we pulled up to the farm and got out of the car. I didn’t grab my vest or gun; I just walked up the farm road a few hundred yards to see if I could hear anything. I let out a series of cuts and yelps from a mouth call. Andy’s eyes told me that my ears didn’t lie. A gobbler gobbled back right on top of my calls, and he was close. We ran to the car, grabbed our guns and gear, and started out through the pines to try to get to a good calling location. Once we set up and Andy was ready, I called again. The gobbler

responded immediately. I thought for sure he was on his way, but after about 10 minutes I heard him gobble again, but farther away and then again even farther. He would respond to my calls, but would not come in our direction. I explained to Andy that I thought he had a hen with him, and that he would be a difficult bird to hunt. Undaunted, Andy said he was willing to work hard to try to get him. Over the next two hours we set up three different times, each time trying to move around the bird. And each time he would respond, come within 100 yards, and then move away. Finally, at about 11, I told Andy I thought I knew where he was headed. There was an old pasture field about half way up the hill, secluded in a little cove in the woods. I knew the turkeys on this hill liked to use that field for strutting, and the old tom was going that direction. I led Andy up the hill, skirting around the gobbler’s path and trying to get to the field before him. At one point, along a muddy trail, we stopped to look at the tracks of a sow bear and cub that had used the same trail only hours before our arrival. Their footprints told the story, with a small paw print centered in that of the larger one. I wondered if we would run into the bruin, and how Andy would react. I quickly changed my focus back to the task at hand, and hustled up the hill toward the field. When we got near the edge of the field I told Andy we’d better stop and call, in case the gobbler had beat us there. In my first series of yelps the old gobbler thundered back, cutting me off again. He was already in the field, although from our vantage point we couldn’t see him. I explained to Andy that I didn’t dare move any closer for fear of the bird seeing us. He agreed. We set up
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 12
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 17
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 28
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 - 35
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 56
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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