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Seldom do I locate or “roost” a gobbler before a hunt. For me, a turkey hunt is more interesting if I simply go into good country and see what happens. My loose plan was to move quietly up the hollow, listening, set up near fresh sign, and call to any tom that betrayed his own presence. Along the same stretch of stream that I’d fished in April, I stopped to listen as a grouse drummed in the moonlight. As its wing beats slowed, a gobbler rattled the hollow from the steep slope across the creek. The next several minutes were a rare experience. The eastern dawn and the setting moon vied for dominance across the sky, and each time the grouse drummed, the gobbler roared his response. In some lowland parts of Pennsylvania the first week of May is summerlike in appearance. But at a shade under 3,000 feet above sea level, there is not much green on Laurel Ridge then; the woods then look more like

December. Through the barren branches, I saw the gobbler fly down and alight on my side of the creek. My clucks and yelps impressed him less than the grouse’s tattoo, and he melted away in silence, trailing a hen. Their departure invited a sojourn of my own, and I began a looping exploration of Long Hollow’s basin. I followed the stream against its flow up above the trout haunts to where it withered to conjoining trickles from the north, east and south. The south trickle I trailed to a damp flat in the woods below a ledge of rock where the matted leaves and reluctant Christmas fern suggested the drifts were not long gone. I sat on a ledge and lingered, watching the spring sunlight bathe the woods below. The forest in the sun looked like some parts of a deer hide, bright white where the rays glanced into my eyes off the flattened leaves, blending to tan with streaks of rich brown in the shadows. I scratched the slate at intervals but heard no response and resumed my circuit, veering east then north, counter-clockwise around the headwater sources. Along the route I found on the ground the top of a maple rent loose by the heavy snow. Deer had browsed all its buds and twigs down stout to the branch, ushered through to spring survival, perhaps, by this literal windfall. At another place, bear tracks pressed deep in smooth sand beside one of the feeder brooks. Farther on, where a faint logging road skirts the basin, I saw something that I still can’t explain. Dozens of rocks in the roadbed, mostly handsize but some bigger, had been flipped upside down; not by some general force, such as flash flood, but singly, one here, one there. The stones’ outlines in their former resting
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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 - 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 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Crossings
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