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came in the same sequence that includ- had a matte finish, I decided to take it
ed an explanation of how to measure for a walk in the woods twice during
the heating oil in the tank outside, and the 2009 spring gobbler season. My
the instructions to sell the house "as is" limited availability for spring gobbler
when the time finally came. I replied to hunting, along with one case of bad
each point with my old familiar "OK, luck when an incoming gobbler went
Dad, but you don't have to tell me this silent and disappeared before coming
now." I was 51 at the time, but as with into shooting range, sent Dad's shotgun
most children I had always looked at back to the gun cabinet without having
Dad as being invincible. Although been fired.
The following
we knew it was a
spring I invested
possibility when The 870 was sighted in
in a new camouhe decided to go and dead-on, so the only
flage turkey shotahead with the
gun. That purrisky surgery, Dad's thing that remained was
mortality soon to take it for a meaningful chase eliminated
the chances of
became a reality
walk in the woods when Dad's gun ever
to us. Dad never
being needed, or
returned home the late season began
so I thought. I had
from the hospital.
after Christmas.
explored the posHe passed away
sibility of trading
peacefully on Aug.
4, 2006, with several family members in the 870 when I bought my Benelli,
at his bedside. The man whom I often but the low price offered for Dad's gun
mused could hunt in his garage with just wouldn't allow me to part with it.
the door closed and still have a deer Back to the gun cabinet it went.
My increasing focus on turkey huntwalk up to him had succumbed to a
heart too badly damaged to survive ing was accompanied by expanded deer
hunting options, when I was unexpectsurgery.
A short time after Dad's passing, I edly given permission to hunt deer
forced myself to take the shotgun out on some nearby Allegheny County
of its box and assemble it. I had my own property. That offer brought with it a
shotgun that I had been using for the new dilemma for me. Because rifles are
limited spring gobbler hunting I did at not permitted for hunting during the
that time, so I felt no urgency to give firearms seasons in Allegheny County,
Dad's gun a try. It took up residence in and I didn't own a slug gun, I began a
search for one. The first avenue I exmy gun cabinet.
In the years following Dad's passing, plored was buying a slug barrel for my
turkey hunting became more of a focus Benelli turkey gun, making it a dualfor me. As I began to learn the intrica- purpose firearm. That seemed like the
cies of spring gobbler hunting from my logical move until I suffered "shotgun
friend, Mickey, I came to understand barrel sticker shock." The cost of a barthat the shiny shotgun I had been us- rel would have been almost the same as
ing was not going to escape the keen what I had paid for the entire gun, so
eyes of wary gobblers. Because the 870 I abandoned that option immediately.
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