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Ray had hunted Hawaii in the past with outfitter and local outdoor television host Jon Sabati, who he’d linked with again for this trip. I was intrigued to learn we’d be hunting not only turkeys but, if time permitted, feral sheep. I anticipated emails on the island’s booming Rio Grande turkey population and maybe a note or two on Hawaiian culture. Instead, reports focused on sightings of a “feral clown” coupled with suggestions to watch our backs. What? I wondered as I clicked on images of a shockingly repellent, camoclad clown lurking amongst Hawaiian flora. While one never knew what to expect on a Ray Eye excursion, this hunt was already in a category all its own. One email came with a “Feral Clown Sign” photo attachment displaying Reese’s Pieces “droppings”—conclusive evidence a clown was there. Clown reports continued until our departure, along with a few hunt updates. The place we’d hunt—the famous cattle-producing 150,000-acre Parker Ranch—was loaded with gobblers. And then I landed in Kona on the evening of March 24, 2008, without my bags. The next morning I wished my buddies luck—Gordy Krahn of North American Hunter, Jay Cassell of Field & Stream and Linda and Ray—then waited for sunrise, grabbed my camera and went exploring, eager for a glimpse of the island in daylight. Our house was on a hill, surrounded by exotic foliage with the ocean in the distance. As I canvassed the
Top: The author, left, Ray, Gordy and Jay with Gordy’s tom; Andrew’s catch of the day; the strutting back-yard toms. Below: The feral clown hops into action.

unt turkeys in Hawaii?” I asked when my friend Linda Powell at Remington called. “I’m available!” I said. If the Big Island was our destination, she could tell me we’d hunt grasshoppers because I’d never been there. And the fact the trip would be co-hosted by longtime outdoor media friend and turkey-calling champion Ray Eye meant things couldn’t get better.
neighborhood, dogs barked and I swore I heard turkeys yelping. Ray’s playing a trick, I thought. No, he wouldn’t be hunting here. I followed the noise to three strutting gobblers taunting the neighbor’s dogs just beyond the length of their chains. I snapped away, thinking Ray & Company could have hunted from the porch. I picked flowers for the house, including the exotic plumeria used to make Hawaiian leis, and hibiscus and poinsettia. At midday, Ray told me the tale of his unsuccessful morning hunt as we sped to pick up my bags and the last member of our crew, Andrew McKean from Outdoor Life. Later, Andrew and I dug out our camo, then the three of us hurried to meet everyone for lunch. But first, the two of them caught me touching up my nail polish. I said it was for good luck, so they asked me to paint their pinkies. “You know I’ll find a way to use this,” I warned. After lunch the fog rolled in and visibility rolled out. We hunted just in case. But then came the rain. Everyone returned to the Jeep empty-handed except Gordy, who somehow tagged a gobbler. Too hungry to go home and change first, we asked a gas station attendant where to go for dinner. We ended up at Merriman’s, which we discovered was a premier island attraction upon entering severely under-dressed. Surprisingly, we were welcomed by the maître d’, and even the chef visited us to ask about our hunt. The next morning Andrew and Jay left with their guides, and Gordy teamed with Linda, Ray and I to hunt an area Ray said would be “the spot.” Jakes galore came to our calls—and even a wild pig—but no longbeards. The afternoon was a repeat performance, though it was tough to feel sorry for oneself in Hawaii. As far as the eye could see, green grass and yellow fireweed stretched against a backdrop of blue sky and puffy white clouds. I etched the scene in my memory, silently giving thanks for the natural beauty of paradise. The two good-luck pinkies performed their magic. The next morning, Andrew downed a gobbler, and so did everyone else, except me. All I had were a few carefully selected lava rocks and
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American Hunter - April 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Hunter - April 2010

American Hunter - April 2010
Contents
Says You
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
First Light
Know-How
Gundogs
Gobblers in Paradise
New Guns and Gear Preview
Members’ 2009 Photo Album
Reflections on Turkey Madness
Hornady Superformance
Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
Gear
Political Report
ILA Report
Member Info & Benefits
Regional Report
NRA Board Spotlight
NRA Woman’s Voice
Member’s Hunt
American Hunter - April 2010 - American Hunter - April 2010
American Hunter - April 2010 - Cover2
American Hunter - April 2010 - 1
American Hunter - April 2010 - Contents
American Hunter - April 2010 - 3
American Hunter - April 2010 - 4
American Hunter - April 2010 - 5
American Hunter - April 2010 - 6
American Hunter - April 2010 - 7
American Hunter - April 2010 - Says You
American Hunter - April 2010 - 9
American Hunter - April 2010 - Armed Citizen
American Hunter - April 2010 - 11
American Hunter - April 2010 - Standing Guard
American Hunter - April 2010 - 13
American Hunter - April 2010 - President’s Column
American Hunter - April 2010 - 15
American Hunter - April 2010 - Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 20
American Hunter - April 2010 - 21
American Hunter - April 2010 - First Light
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 27
American Hunter - April 2010 - Know-How
American Hunter - April 2010 - 29
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gundogs
American Hunter - April 2010 - 31
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gobblers in Paradise
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 35
American Hunter - April 2010 - New Guns and Gear Preview
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Members’ 2009 Photo Album
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Reflections on Turkey Madness
American Hunter - April 2010 - 55
American Hunter - April 2010 - Hornady Superformance
American Hunter - April 2010 - 57
American Hunter - April 2010 - Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
American Hunter - April 2010 - 59
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gear
American Hunter - April 2010 - 61
American Hunter - April 2010 - Political Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - 63
American Hunter - April 2010 - ILA Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - 65
American Hunter - April 2010 - Regional Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Board Spotlight
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American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Woman’s Voice
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Member’s Hunt
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