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bench on the side of the mountain. Only a half hour later, I heard gobbling over a bank in front of me. The gobbler wasn’t far away. I hastily set up against a tree where I believed the tom would be within 35 yards of me if he appeared. Using three different callers (a diaphragm, a slate and a chatterbox), I answered every one of the tom’s gobbles. At 9:30 not one but two big gobblers eased over the rise. Their feathers glistened in the early morning sun backlighting them. Unfortunately for me, they were still about 50 yards away and came no closer. Perhaps they stopped when they failed to see a hen where they thought one should be; perhaps they caught a glint of sunlight off the barrel of my camouflaged shotgun. At any rate, they eased back down the bank and did not answer any clucks or yelps I sent their way. Until I paced off the distance at 61 steps, I chided myself for not taking a shot through the open woods. But, I’d made the right decision. I’d probably have only wounded a turkey at that distance, and these wonderful birds deserve better. At any rate, the jinx was still in full force, and it didn’t look good. I struggled to crawl out of bed at 4 o’clock the next morning. As I have written elsewhere, I was starting to develop a little respect for the professional hunters I often badmouthed. How they get out of bed this early every day for several months is pretty amazing. They certainly must go to bed earlier than I do.

I also knew that the hunting was going to be tough for me that day. Tuesday evening’s basketball game, Wednesday morning’s big-hike hunt, and Wednesday afternoon’s trout fishing adventure made my aging legs feel like lead. Perhaps 57-year-old men should have more sense than to try to do so many things in such a short period of time. Anyhow, I decided to hunt a section of woods that I could get to in about 20 minutes. When I arrived, I sat down on a convenient log, hoping to hear a tom gobble from a nearby point. At 5:45, two gobblers fired up across a deep hollow on ground I didn’t have permission to hunt. From previous sad experiences, I figured I couldn’t call one of these across the hollow. But, I knew that the turkeys were talking that morning, and I decided to walk around the point. Perhaps I’d run into a bird gobbling there. Fifteen minutes later, I was on the other side of the point, and I heard turkey talk from the trees on a bank above me. Hens were clucking and sounded as though they were about ready to fly down. As I wondered what to do, a gobbler sounded off right above me. It was the quietest gobble I’ve ever heard. It sounded as though the turkey had his wing in front of his face to muffle the gobble. I know the experts say that you can’t call turkeys downhill, but I figured that was my only option. Facing uphill, I quickly set up under the biggest tree available. I had time to fish the same three callers I had used the previous morning from my hunting jacket. I started with the diaphragm caller. A couple hens yelped back, and the tom sent out an-

During the spring gobbler season a fluorescent orange hat while moving is no longer required, but displaying a fluorescent orange band while set up at a calling location is recommended. The PGC sells a fluorescent orange alert band for $4.95 plus six percent state sales tax. Check out “The Outdoor Shop” on the agency’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us
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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
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 17
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 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 25
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Another View
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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 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Crossings
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