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the two biggest pinecones I’d ever seen. The Big Island—and our house—turned out to be quite the playground. We looked forward to returning each evening to make dinner and recap the day’s events. Sometimes we caught a glimpse of the feral clown. We found his overall lack of discipline quite entertaining; circus clowns could learn something from his acrobatic dancing through the living room. But the interesting thing was Ray seemed to miss the clown’s appearance every time. I hate that now-or-never feeling you get entering the last day empty-handed. Ray would step up the calling, and I counted on the fact that the turkey was one animal I’d never missed. But the fog rolled in again, a frequent condition in a place boasting 11 different climate zones that generate everything from lush rain forests to pristine beaches and snowcapped mountains. Ray suggested we hit the same spot we quit the evening before, so we set up in the moonlight against a patch of trees. With a half hour until daylight, we quietly munched the chocolate banana bread Jon’s wife, Suzie, made with bananas from her back yard. Suddenly the turkeys started making noise and pitched down from their roosts. You’d never see Eastern turkeys do that, I thought, as the wacky Rios clucked in the darkness 50 yards away. Of course, Hawaiian turkeys have little threat of predation as all island species
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had to be introduced. Not even Wile E. Coyote could launch himself here from the mainland. All we could do was hope it got light enough before they split. Still foggy but with just enough light, a gobbler responded to our calls and stopped within 30 yards. I missed. So much for my perfect turkey record. The birds moved 200 yards away and gobbling resumed. We never did close the distance. I feared all I’d bag were lava rocks. Maybe another piece of chocolate banana bread would make me feel better, I thought, as we jumped in the Jeep to hit some new areas. Then, finally … gobbles—two toms strutting on a hillside. Ray drove past them, then we snuck out to call. I scraped out a yelp, yelp, yelp, yelp on my slate call, and Ray chimed in with a “Ray Eye Special” diaphragm sounding like three different hens. Several chilling gobbles later, the toms were on their way. I fired the 870 SPS Super Mag ShurShot Turkey gun the second the first bird popped up its head, and it hit the ground. Tom No. 2 just stood there, then trotted off. Ray asked why I didn’t shoot it, too; after all, you’re allowed two gobblers in the Aloha State. I’d actually forgotten. I was so relieved to wrap my hands around the feet of even one Hawaiian Rio. But I don’t think I ever really sweated it. With Ray, you always hit a bullseye on fun 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”
American Hunter - April 2010 - 17
American Hunter - April 2010 - 18
American Hunter - April 2010 - 19
American Hunter - April 2010 - 20
American Hunter - April 2010 - 21
American Hunter - April 2010 - First Light
American Hunter - April 2010 - 23
American Hunter - April 2010 - 24
American Hunter - April 2010 - 25
American Hunter - April 2010 - 26
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
American Hunter - April 2010 - 33
American Hunter - April 2010 - 34
American Hunter - April 2010 - 35
American Hunter - April 2010 - New Guns and Gear Preview
American Hunter - April 2010 - 37
American Hunter - April 2010 - 38
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Members’ 2009 Photo Album
American Hunter - April 2010 - 49
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 52
American Hunter - April 2010 - 53
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 - 66b
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 66c
American Hunter - April 2010 - 67c
American Hunter - April 2010 - 66d
American Hunter - April 2010 - 67d
American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Woman’s Voice
American Hunter - April 2010 - 69
American Hunter - April 2010 - 70
American Hunter - April 2010 - 71
American Hunter - April 2010 - Member’s Hunt
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