Pennsylvania Game News - December 2015 - 7

THANKSGIVING SEASON PROVIDES CHANCE TO SEEK OUT

SNOW birds
By Tyler Frantz

A

S GLIMMERS of rising sunlight peeked above the eastern
ridge of our family farm, the
landscape twinkled with a blue-white
iridescence, like a glitter-embellished
Christmas card.
The air was still.
Hemlock boughs hung to the forest
floor, submitting to the weight of several inches of fresh snow.
And the splashes of orange that now
penetrated the open canopy of treetops
added even more beauty to the scene.
It was a perfect day for hunting.
Given the wintry backdrop, one
might guess I was pursuing whitetails
or cottontails.
I wasn't.
Instead, I was after a game species
Pennsylvania hunters seldom have the
chance to pursue in the snow - the wild
turkey.
It was just before Thanksgiving
during the 2014 season.
The threat of an imposing winter
storm forced us home from bear
camp early. We concluded sacrificing
our final day in bruin country for the
safe return to our families was a wise
trade off.

After the storm blew through, my
focus shifted back to hunting.
As a devoted archery deer hunter, I
consider the three-day "Thanksgiving
Weekend" portion of fall-turkey season
my best opportunity to get after birds.
It doesn't cost me precious time in
the deer stand.
My father Steve and I had gotten
out to hunt a bit Thanksgiving morning before our holiday meal. Rounding
the bend of a standing cornfield on
our Schuylkill County farm, we happened upon fresh turkey tracks in the
snow - lots of them.
As we suspected, the birds were
found in the corn, and before we could
get a shot, they began scattering in
every direction.
Most flew west, while others flew
south.
Knowing a busted-up fall flock is not
necessarily a bad thing, we promptly
headed to the far southwest corner

In wintry weather, hunting
turkeys is a thing of beauty.
DECEMBER 2015

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