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so, I wanted to be concealed from the gobbler and ready if he came looking for me. He continued gobbling, and the more he called the more excited I became. I yelped softly four times with a diaphragm mouth call. He did not immediately respond, and when he gobbled the next time I answered with four more soft yelps. Less than 10 minutes later he appeared like magic in front of me, about 40 yards away. I never heard him fly down from his roost or walk toward me. He was partly behind a stump when he began to fan his tail and strut back and forth. I could see his black body, which blended with the tree stump and

tree trunks, but because his head and neck were hidden, I didn’t shoot. I stayed still and quiet. A movement to my left caught my attention. Barely turning my head, I saw a hen as she walked past just 10 yards away without seeing me. She strode toward the gobbler, and as she got near to him she went up an embankment and out of my sight. The gobbler followed her moments later. He had gobbled so often on the roost because he knew the hen had roosted in the woodlot. All the time, I thought it was my seductive calling that had interested him, instead of the live hen. The hen didn’t see me because the tree trunk at my back blocked me from view as she approached from behind. She, of course, was focused on the gobbler and wanted to “catch” him before I did. She was in the mood to watch him strut his stuff just for her. It made me feel better to believe that she thought I was another hen calling to her tom. I tried to call him back. For him, though, a hen that he could see was worth more than one (me) out of sight. I’ve called in hens with gobblers tagging along, but the hen that morning wasn’t interested in my pleas. I packed up and went home feeling good about locating a gobbler in the woodlot. I wasn’t about to give up on him. The following day, just before daylight, I clucked softly with a slate call and listened for an answer. Hearing none, I called again a little louder. Finally,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 36
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
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