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right where we were, about 30 yards from the edge of the field, back in the shadows of the big sugar maples that guarded the gobbler’s hideaway. I called softly and sparingly, and it wasn’t long before Andy whispered that he could see the gobbler strutting in the field. Then I spotted a hen, and then a jake. I told Andy we needed to wait them out. As a force of habit I glanced at my watch. It was 11:45. I was beginning to think we wouldn’t get a chance at this bird because the noon hour was soon approaching. And then I remembered that it was May 21, and this year we could hunt all day after May 16. I breathed a deep breath, and told Andy to be patient. I made that comment probably more for my benefit, as Andy didn’t seem to have any problem with patience, but I, on the other hand, have never been known for that particular trait. It wasn’t long until the gobbler was slowly working his way into range, with the jake and the hen leading him right to us. A couple times I told Andy that I could shoot the gobbler, as he was in range for my gun, but I didn’t think Andy could get the clear shot he needed. I backed off, thinking I would never forgive myself if I shot this bird. I knew if we just waited, Andy would get a chance. Before long the jake and hen passed within 30 yards, right along the edge of the woods line. I could see the gobbler following behind, only 20 yards or so, trailing his lady friend. As Andy tried to swing the gun ever so slightly for the shot, the old tom saw something he didn’t like. He didn’t “alarm putt” or run away, he just changed direction and started toward the opposite side of the field, keeping some brush between him and us, preventing Andy from getting a shot.
MAY  2012 

That’s when my attention switched back to the jake. He had seen the gobbler change direction, and was now acting nervous himself. I asked Andy if he wanted to try to get a shot at the jake, and I could see in his eyes he was already locked on to the young gobbler and making ready for the shot. When the jake cleared the brush and offered a clear shot, I whispered to Andy to take a deep breath and to make sure he had the bead on his neck. When the 12-gauge roared I saw the jake take a nose dive straight into a multiflora rose bush. As Andy and I headed back to the car, his first ever animal slung proudly over his shoulder, he recounted all of the day’s events. It was only then that I realized what had transpired. A hunter was born. He had experienced in one morning more than some hunters get to experience in a year. For me, it was my first experience bringing a new hunter into the sport. What Andy had the opportunity to experience that day will no doubt live in his memories for a long time. I know it will in mine. 
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 13
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 34
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
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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 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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