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I thought with the foggy conditions he
might fly down and land within shotgun
range because he might not see me. But
he chose to descend beyond me, and in so
doing, flew directly overhead, real close.
I leaned back at an awkward angle,
identified his beard and fired.
I saw the gobbler crash down through
the trees, but things got a little fuzzy after
that. When I regained my senses, there
was blood on my face and jacket.
Because of the steep-angle shot, my
thumb hit me across the bridge of my
nose, breaking it.
I managed to struggle out of the woods
that day with a gobbler - and a broken
nose.
I ended up missing school, too, but
have no idea what my mother might have
written on my excuse card.

Tag Before Moving

After about 10 years of tagging a
gobbler each spring, I switched to archery
gear.
The first year proved dismal. I always
got busted trying to draw the bow.
But I got a chance the next year.
I had patterned a small flock that would
roost on a point, then pitch down and head
to a nearby field.
I began setting up in a laurel patch that
served as a natural blind.
Four mornings into the routine, a
small gobbler came walking by at about
16 yards.
I sent an arrow through him, and he fell
to the ground and never moved.
After tagging the tom, I started the halfmile walk to my truck. The last 300 yards
was through an overgrown field.
I was in sight of the truck when the
"dead" turkey revived, flailing in an
attempt to escape my grasp.
Picture the scene: My bow in one hand
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and me struggling to hang onto the turkey
with the other.
I was envisioning the turkey escaping
and another hunter killing it - with my tag
attached to the bird.
Fortunately, I was able to dispatch the
bird before it got away, but I looked as if
I'd gone 15 rounds with a heavyweight
fighter.
I was black and blue from the battle.

Through Thicket & Thin

If you have hunted turkeys, you know
how quickly things can change.
While working a gobbler with a single
hen one morning, several hours passed
and I could only sit back and watch.
He obviously wasn't going to leave her.
Finally, the birds dropped over the side
of the ridge they were on, and I used the
opportunity to slip over to where they'd
just departed.
At the new set-up, I made a call and
the gobbler responded - as did two other
toms now on the same ridge.
The next thing I knew, two gobblers
were running directly at me.
The lead bird spotted me and took
flight; the other stopped behind a tree a
mere 8 yards away.
The gobbler stepped out to his right and
I shot, putting the bird down.
He flopped down over the ridge, into a
huge greenbrier patch.
When I emerged, I looked as if I had
been clawed by a dozen cats.
I did not know one could get so many
cuts and not need a blood transfusion.
Had I known many years ago how my
pursuits would end, I might have chosen
a different hobby to take up in the spring.
But when turkey hunting is in your
blood, there certainly will be stories where
you shed some, and even more of those
stories to come.



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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover1
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Contents
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