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ficult — better stick with it because once the season ends it’s a long time until October. I pressed on. Late in the third week, I located two gobblers on a remote section of the Game Lands. I had attempted to work these birds earlier and was thrilled to discover that they were still in the area. Through several days of trial and error I eventually determined that one of the gobblers preferred to roost high on the mountain with a hen close to him in the tree. Because he already had a hen close by, he rarely made any sound in the morning and had no interest in responding to my calls. In fact, during one particularly embarrassing experience, I snuck into the woods well before dawn and spent an hour sparsely calling without a response. Frustrated, I stood up to leave and two birds flushed from the tree directly above me. It had been that kind of a season. The second gobbler roosted threequarters of the way down the steep,

rocky mountain and was much more talkative on the roost, sometimes responding to my calls with double and triple gobbles. No matter how enthusiastic he sounded in the tree, though, when his feet touched the ground he, too, would quietly disappear, a feat made possible by the full foliage and abundant pockets of thick mountain laurel. While neither of the birds could be termed anywhere close to a sure thing, being low on options I decided to spend what was left of the season going after the second gobbler. I tried a few early morning set-ups on the second bird, and while neither was successful, I felt that I was gaining a good understanding of his routine. With each attempt, I remained wary of getting too close and spooking him. If I could not get in to a good position, I would back off so as not to further educate what I was sure was a veteran of several seasons. On the final Saturday of the season he started gobbling at his usual time, just after 5 o’clock. I attempted to approach him from a new set up location and eased into position about 75 yards directly below him. My hopes were dashed when I answered one of his gobbles with a soft yelp, and a hen aggressively started cutting below and to my right. I had suspected a hen had kept him from coming to me in the past week and now had audio confirmation. Having heard two separate calls from two different locations, he stopped gobbling and the waiting game commenced. A few minutes later I heard the unmistakable sound of beating wings as he flew to a small bench directly above my location. I remained motionless, knowing that he was likely searching for me or the hen. After a half-hour slowly ticked by without a sound, I made a few soft yelps but he had long since disappeared into the dense underbrush. Just a few years previous that would have been my last chance at a gobbler. But because the season has recently been extended through to the end of May, I was
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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 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
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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 - 58
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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