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locked, and there I was with my gun on my lap. Unbelievable. The safety on my shotgun is positioned on top of the stock. I slowly started to wiggle my thumb to slide off the safety, but I couldn’t feel it anywhere. I tried to look down without moving my head and saw that my thumb was about three inches away. So close, but so far away with a bird staring me down. I started to slide my hand up the stock to reach the safety. The tom saw me move and became nervous. I clicked off the safety just as he began to come out of strut. The bird made a couple alarm putts and started to turn to run away. Now or never, I thought. In one fluid motion, I shouldered the gun, placed the sight bead on the back of his head, and pulled the trigger. My Mossberg 500 pounded my shoulder and a hefty load of No. 4s dropped the bird in his tracks. I jumped to my feet and ran the fastest 14-yard dash of my life. The tom sported a 9¾inch rope with 7/8-inch daggers. Not bad for my first gobbler. It was 7:30. I couldn’t believe that it took me two hours to call this bird in. I filled out my tag just as it started to rain. I was so excited that while walking out I had tears in my eyes. I had finally harvested my first spring turkey. When I arrived at the truck, I stashed the bird in the bed and hopped into the cab to make a couple phone calls. My first was to my dad, and my second was to Uncle Pete. When he answered there wasn’t a hello, or any kind of introductory statements just, “What time did you get him?” In the story of the hunt, although he didn’t come right out and say it, his tone said it all. He was proud of my harvest and proud that he had been able to be a significant part of my success. Whether you’re a young kid or not so young, the first harvest of any game animal is always special. And to be able to share it with someone makes the moment that much better. I am truly honored and
MAY 2011

Pete Aiken, Land Management Supervisor of the Northcentral Region, passed away last December. A graduate of the 19th Class of the RLSC, Pete served as a WCO in Montour and Northumberland counties from 1986 to 1999, and then as the Information & Education Supervisor in the Northcentral Region until 2004, when he transferred into the Land Management Supervisor position.

privileged to have shared this hunt with my uncle. I will never enter the turkey woods again without thinking of him. Oh yeah, about that strange noise I heard. Many of you may know what it was: the turkey drumming. My cousin summed it up best. He said, “The turkey gods were looking down on you, because if you hear that sound, he is close enough to shoot, and you don’t move.” That is one lesson everyone needs to learn. As we jokingly say now, “If you hear the ‘moo,’ don’t move.” Peter Aiken was a true conservationist who enjoyed educating others, especially children, on everything from habitat to hunting methods. He will be missed by many friends and family. I know I’m going to miss the hunting trips, guidance and, above all, his stories. Just as he did, I will continue to promote proper habitat management and conservation for all wildlife. Whatever the opportunity, I look forward to passing on my knowledge to the younger generations and to take them hunting. I will take great pride in providing them the experience and the feeling of their first successful hunt, giving them, I hope, memories that won’t be forgotten. 
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Long Hollow Gobbler
Oh What a Summer
Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Become an HTE Instructor?
Ready for Reds
The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
Overcoming a Jinx
The 28th Class
The Last Day
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Long Hollow Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Ready for Reds
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Overcoming a Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The 28th Class
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Last Day
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Off the Wire
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