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I was just about to call "time,"
assemble our team for a conference at
the "pitcher's mound" and insist that
we move the squad to somewhere less
exposed. Over the years, though, I've
learned to wait a bit longer beyond
the impulse to move from any stand, a
practice that's paid off many times.
Soon, a gobble boomed out above the
bluster, beyond Aaron in what would be
left field. Every time the wind slacked,
even a little, I'd yelp on my slate call or
diaphragm and the gobbler would roar
back. He sounded close and I wondered
if he'd been gobbling all morning but we
couldn't hear him.
I could see Aaron aiming my
Winchester 1300 turkey gun, but the shot
didn't come. Repeatedly he'd aim, then
raise his head slightly to peer across the
logging road. He related later that the
tom was pacing back and forth, then in
"centerfield," where he'd expected it to
appear, but just out of range, and it would
not approach the decoys on second base.
Jim's vantage point actually allowed
the best view of the bird for the longest
time. He told us later that he saw the
turkey fanned out and strutting, almost
from the start of the audible gobbling,
but the range was too far. Always the
team player outdoors, Jim held off for a
better shot for Aaron.
After half an hour, the gobbles lost
some fervor and began to recede toward
the "outfield stands."
I saw Aaron pick up his friction-peg,
then send out a run of whines and purrs
to complement my yelps. I picked up
the pace, and we both called with more
"emotion." The turkey liked it all and
turned back toward us, gobbling hard.
Now I saw Aaron really bearing
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down on the gunstock. His gloved finger
pushed off the safety and I held my
breath. If you are a parent or an outdoor
mentor to a young person in this situation
you know the feeling. Every nerve hopes
for your protege's success. Time stands
still as you await the outcome.
Boom!
Aaron's shot seemed to silence the
wind. He worked the gun's pump,
picked up the hull, tugged his orange hat
into place and rose. His strides toward
the bird were so calm and subdued that I
feared he'd missed. But then he flashed a
"thumbs up" and what might have been
the most intense shared experience of
our outdoor lives was a memory none
of us would ever forget - and maybe a
moral, too: Trust in younger instinct.
Good things can happen on any given
morning on a windy ridge.

AUTHOR'S FOOTNOTE
Jim Schafer, who was present on this hunt
died suddenly July 2, 2015 while fishing
with his son, Joe, on the Buzzard Swamp
Wildlife Management Area, Allegheny
National Forest. He was the finest outdoor
companion one could ever hope to have.13



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