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ing songbird chorus, and spring has never been the same for me. From that morning on I have willingly forsaken my warm bed in favor of spending early weekend mornings — and now weekday mornings — trying to locate gobblers to hunt during the turkey season that follows. At first, Dad did all the driving; but as I became increasingly interested, our roles gradually changed, with my becoming the driver and his taking over the “shotgun” seat in the pickups I have always owned. Dad was one of the first locals to discover the pleasures of filming turkeys with a video camera; and after I took over the driving, he always brought his camera along with his trusty thermos of coffee. I think he never left the camera behind, because of one of our earliest scouting adventures prior to the camera purchase. It was Easter morning and we had left the truck to hike to a hollow where Dad had often heard turkeys gobbling during previous springs. We’d just sat down, he against a large stump left over from a recent logging operation, me with my back against a large tree that had somehow escaped the loggers’ chainsaws. Large, wet flakes of snow began to fall at daybreak, and the white blanket quickly camouflaged us. The snow did not affect the gobblers. At least three sounded off from their roosts. After they flew down, Dad watched two young gobblers accompany a harem of hens down to an isolated field where turkeys often hung out. A huge gobbler, hollering continuously, strutted past me at no more than five yards as he strode purposefully toward
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the field. I had not, and have never since, been that close to a wild gobbler without being detected. When Dad and I rose after the flock had noisily paraded past us, we shook off the inch of snow that had covered us. “I’d like to have had that on film,” Dad said, as we headed for the truck. It was not more than a week later that he bought his first video camera. After he had acquired the camera we seldom strayed far from the truck on our scouting trips, often remaining in the cab during our stops to listen for hollering gobblers. As we drove along back roads, we often observed unusual things that Dad got on tape. Once, Dad filmed a gobbler and a hen in a field of corn stubble. After they mated, a larger gobbler arrived and chased off the first gobbler. As the hen leisurely strayed away, the larger tom did a “victory dance,” which was kind of ironic. One morning after we’d stopped and listened to a gobbler serenading at sunrise, we were driving down a mountain road when a big gobbler jogged across it 100 yards in front of us.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Contents
Bob Mitchell Retires
Whitetail Predation
The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Weather Weenies
The Charade
The 7,658-Mile Deer
Late Season Rabbit
The Empty Seat
License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Redefining Success
A Miss in Time
Mixed Emotions
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 - February 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Bob Mitchell Retires
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Weather Weenies
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Charade
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The 7,658-Mile Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Late Season Rabbit
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Empty Seat
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Redefining Success
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - A Miss in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Mixed Emotions
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB1
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