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penned up was during the winter. For the rest of the year they roamed the countryside at will, a flock of eight or ten that shied away from you at first sight, and made us wonder what it was like in the old days when wild turkeys were plentiful enough to be considered regular tablefare. Now, still living on part of the old farm my folks purchased before I was born, during the late spring, summer and early fall, we often look out the kitchen window and see one or two hen turkeys, each with a brood of poults, pecking in the grass on the back lawn. Often while watching one flock of turkeys, another flock will arrive, sometimes to drive the first flock away, and at other times to mind their own business and stay their distance. Today, one doesn’t have to go to Africa to be in paradise; it’s all around us. It was in the 1970s when I got my first turkey, and I want to emphasize

this was by choice. There were turkeys in the area, plenty of them, but I didn’t care to hunt them with a shotgun. I had read several articles about turkey hunting published back in the 1930s, and in many of them, if not most, the hunter used a rifle. The favorite at that time was the .22 Hornet, which came out in the early 1930s. More than one author wrote that the Hornet was the greatest turkey rifle ever developed, which at that time was probably true. It was in the 1970s when I got my Hornet, a Ruger single-shot No. 3. I recall the first turkey to fall to that little rifle. Not too far from my home in the rolling hills and mountains of Bradford County there was a cornfield bordered along one side and across one end by acres of hardwoods. The corn was ready for harvest, and the owner had gone along one side and one end of the field with a corn harvester, thus making a wide swath of flattened cornstalks between the standing corn and the woods. Many times while observing this area from a distance, I would see turkeys feeding along the flattened stalks adjacent to the woods, but try as I might, there was no way to get within rifle range without spooking the big birds. So one day about noon, after hunting squirrels in the adjacent woods all morning, I worked my way along the edge of the woods where blackberry bushes grew in profusion. After going about half the length of the cornfield, I backed my way into a large over-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
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