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fortunate to have an additional day to try again for the elusive gobbler. Memorial Day, the 26th day of the season, arrived with near stifling heat and humidity. Under the cover of darkness, I walked directly past where I thought the tom would be roosting, then turned and climbed onto the bench that he flew to on Saturday. Under normal conditions I would never have walked so close to the roosting area of a gobbler, but with only two days to hunt I was running out of time and took a gamble. Five o’clock came and went without a gobble. Five-thirty came and went without a gobble. I felt certain I had spooked him in the tree, so I decided to call to see if he was still in the area. He immediately gobbled but sounded farther to my left than I was expecting. I decided to stick with my original plan and remain on the bench. I sat down, put on my face mask, and placed my call in my lap. When I looked up there he was — 50 yards away and walking directly toward me. I had thought he was farther

away when he gobbled, but in reality he must have been on the ground, which muffled the sound of his approach. Because his arrival took me by surprise, I had my gun on my lap and was not in position to take a shot. Fortunately, when he approached to about 30 yards from my location he turned his head away momentarily, before jumping up onto a log and stretching out his neck to look down the hillside. This gave me the chance to bring up my gun, find him in the sights and squeeze the trigger. This ended the most challenging season I have ever experienced. With a beard slightly more than 10 inches, 1¼-inch spurs and 19.8 pounds, he is the largest bird I’ve harvested, but what made him particularly satisfying was the amount of effort it took to locate, pattern and eventually harvest him. After 26 straight days of hunting I finally filled out my tag. The reward was well worth the effort. 

Cover Painting by gerald Putt
THIS MONTH’S COVER depicting a couple of mourning doves is taken from the fine art print that goes along with the Game Commission’s collector knife series. The 2011 collector knife featuring a mourning dove on the blade is the fifth and final offering in the series. The fine art print is 13x18 inches and sells for $79.95 ($179.95 framed; s&h and 6 percent state sales tax not included). Proceeds from the sale of prints and knives support wildlife conservation and help preserve Pennsylvania’s hunting heritage. To order a print, visit “The Outdoor Shop” at www.pgc. state.pa.us or call 1-888-888-3459.
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 38
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 46
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - BB1
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover3
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