Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 22

Overcoming a Jinx
artwork by stan beloncis
he opening day of the spring gobbler season had been a frustrating one. early in the morning I had gotten set up on what I believed was a trio of toms that were gobbling down over a bank from me. I had set up about 75 or 80 yards from them, and I was in what expert turkey hunters say is a perfect position. I called to the gobblers only sparingly while they were on their roosts, just as the experts advise. When I could tell that the gobblers were on the ground, I increased the urgency and frequency of my calling. Although I heard a little hen yelping along with the gobbling, I was still confident, because the previous spring I had killed a gobbler that was with hens. Not this time, though. By 6:20 I could tell that the turkeys had decided to walk away from me, although I tried desperately to call them back. The last gobble I heard, at 6:30, was far away. hoping one of the toms was still in the vicinity, I hung in there till 7 o’clock. But I then realized that I’d have to try to figure out where these birds had gone, or would have to find another gobbler. I stood up and was getting ready to do this when I was startled by the putting of a turkey in a laurel clump out ahead of me. This turkey turned tail and raced away from me. Things did not improve as the morning wore on. Stopping to call in various places, I covered a lot of ground. Once I thought I heard a
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gobble back near where I’d begun the morning; but when I got back there to a calling position, I heard no additional gobbling. The gobblers certainly had had me running around. When I related this tale of woe to Donna, my wife, she replied, “Well, now that you’re retired and you can hunt every day, you probably won’t get a gobbler.” “Oh, no! Don’t say that. You said something like that when I missed the big gobbler in the fall two years ago, and I didn’t get a turkey. You just jinxed me,” I wailed. She just laughed, but I knew I was going to have to expend a lot of effort to overcome that jinx. Going out to listen for gobblers in places I had heard them during the preseason, I began working to overcome the jinx the next morning. But, the jinx was powerful, and I didn’t locate a bird to hunt for Monday. I often play recreational basketball on Sundays, but this Sunday we couldn’t play. So, I knew my 57-year-old legs would be ready for a long-hike hunt on Monday. I rose at 3:45 on Monday and had a quick breakfast before heading for the woods. It took me till 5:25 to climb to a lightly hunted section of the mountain where I have sometimes run into gobblers. I’d no sooner sat down to catch my breath than it began to rain. I pulled out a poncho and crawled into it. Fortunately, the rain lasted only a few minutes; unfortunately, gusting winds replaced it, making it tough to hear for the rest of the morning. I did hear
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011

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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Long Hollow Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Ready for Reds
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 21
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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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Crossings
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