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His generosity and compassion gave of the past hour. My glasses were fogged
us renewed vigor for our third and final from physical exertion.
hunting day.
I sat up against the base of a tree and
The alarm went off at 4 a.m., but rummaged around in my vest, finally
Alan and I didn't get to our spot until retrieving my slate call and striker. A
after 7. From the truck, we worked few soft yelps and the gobbler didn't
our way down an old gas line trail at hesitate. It was only a matter of minan agonizingly slow pace. Now, in real utes. The gobbler came straight to my
time, those 45 yards to that tree seemed decoy, and I watched as he "danced"
much farther. To make matters worse, in full strut. His neck and head were
gobblers were sounding off from two a brilliant red and white, and his wing
directions. I had to
tips were dragging
remind myself that
on the ground. The
this hunt was no
gobbler, from the
longer about getreflection of the
ting a gobbler. It
sun on his feathers,
was about a friend
seemed to be wearI lost in Vietnam
ing a bronze breast
46 years earlier, and
plate. And then he
his disabled brother
stopped to extend
at my side. That
his neck and gaze
thought and Alan's
at my decoy.
determination gave
I remember
me strength as we
thinking just before
closed the gap to
I pulled the trigthe tree.
ger: This gobbler
When we reachis for Vernon. At
The author BOB RUMMEL and ALAN
ed our destination, CHRISTIAN with "Vernon's" gobbler, a real the shot the bird
it took a while to boss tom.
crumpled. It had a
get Alan settled in
9-inch beard and
comfortably. All the while, the gob- 1ΒΌ-inch spurs.
bling continued. I had to cross a fence
I tagged the bird, gathered my decoy
and head uphill into the woods about and walked down to where Alan was
30 yards. It was important that I did sitting. He let out a jubilant shout of
not leave Alan's view. I wanted him congratulations. Then we discussed if
to experience the whole hunt and the somehow Vernon knew of our success.
kill if it happened.
It was two friends brought together by a
The gobbler seemed to be in a small war fought four decades earlier, and by
ravine, 60 or 70 yards on the opposite a man who gave his life for the freedom
side. I was near the crest of the hill. I that Alan and I enjoyed that spring day.
found an opening in the woods and We shook hands, we hugged, we wiped
quickly placed out a decoy. My heart away the tears and, with gobbler in
was pounding, both from excitement of hand, we carefully made the trek back
what might happen and the emotions to the truck.
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