Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 25

Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
artwork by dana bellis

By Ralph Scherder

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AST SPRING, after a 12-year hiatus, I rediscovered the joys and frustrations of turkey hunting. I used to hunt turkeys in my teens and called in and killed a couple of birds, including a 23-pound longbeard on the morning of my senior prom. I killed that gobbler long before the dew even evaporated off the foliage, went trout fishing the rest of the day, and never did make the dance (not that I really cared much, anyway). The outdoors was first and foremost in my life back then, and it still is today. I’ve spent almost every day of my life thinking about hunting or fishing, but for some reason, my senior year in high school was the last year I seriously thought about turkey hunting. A decade slipped by, and instead of reaching for my turkey calls and shotgun each spring, I found myself reaching for my fly rod. But then, last April, it hit me: I needed to hunt a gobbler. One reason for this was that in recent years the turkey population in the area I hunt in the mountains was much improved. In fact, during the previous deer season, eight longbeards paraded past me every evening on their way to roost. I started imagining them in full strut coming in to my calling. If that weren’t enough to get me thinking spring, I had another and even better reason to go after a gobbler — I was heartbroken. I’d been dating a girl for more than a year, and one day I woke up and it was over. It was the first time I’d invested so much of myself into a

relationship, into another person’s well-being, and once it ended I felt bitter and utter failure. It wasn’t a typical relationship by any stretch. Less than eight months in, she was diagnosed with cancer — stage three Hodgkins lymphoma. The diagnosis came at that point in the relationship when I started speculating what the future might be like with her, wondering if she was “the one.” We both felt like we’d been dating long enough to truly know one another. She enjoyed fishing. I had an interest in theater and art, and we liked each other’s families. Still, something was missing, and we both knew it. There were a few rocky conversations and awkward moments when we almost spoke the truth that we wanted entirely different things, but all was forgotten when we found out she had cancer. Suddenly our differences seemed trite and unremarkable. Besides, we genuinely cared for each other, and the hectic pace of doctor appointments, treatments and then more appointments, kept us from dwelling on those differences. Instead we focused on just making it through the present and getting her healthy again. There’s a difference between caring for someone and loving someone. Cancer put her in a dark place emotionally — who could ponder a future when the present seemed so uncertain? At 30 years old, dying shouldn’t be at the forefront of anyone’s thoughts when they wake
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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 - 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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26
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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
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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
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 - 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
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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