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author's note
This story did not emphasize numbers.
Purposefully omitted were the calibers
of rifles, lengths of beards or spurs, specific
dimensions of antlers, and weights of bears.
Rather, the protagonists, predator and
prey, speak for themselves.
However, there are a few noteworthy
numbers quantifying Kyle's dedication.
Each trek from Kyle's home to the remote
and wild hunting spot, requires he drive 103
miles for 1 hour and 57 minutes, and eventually retrace the route.
On average, he does so 20 times per year.
A banker who works in risk-management,
Kyle clearly understands the sacrifices and
costs of this passion.
May these words celebrate a craft honed
across the passage of time, one of the true
measures of an individual. True, the Pennsylvania Grand Slam might have been in the
back of Kyle Allen's mind during all of these
seasons, but at the forefront were family,
friends, and the Allegheny National Forest.

Kyle was alongside his grandfather in
deer season, as well, when they picked up
a sizeable track in thick snow, followed
it and finally pulled close. Employing
wisdom and experience, Grandpa strategically posted Kyle on an escape route,
where a pair of shots followed.
"Did you miss?" Grandpa hollered.
But as he walked within sight of Kyle,
the look on Kyle's face answered the
question.
While Kyle's grand slam would
depend on his spring gobbler success,
his brother, Clay, struck first. By day's
end, though, Kyle pinned down another
gobbler's roosting location. And the
next morning, the turkey followed the
script.
While Kyle's dad had joked he didn't
want to go back out after the successful,
but exhausting hunt that brought Clay his
bird - saying of the Allegheny National
Forest, "I don't want to be up there all
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day," - the 15 minutes the hunt lasted
allotted Dad and son time to enjoy the
sunrise and celebrate Kyle's gobbler.
Kyle's dream of a Pennsylvania Grand
Slam had been realized, but little did he
know it would be a recurring one.

second slam

On the eve of his brother's wedding
ceremony, Kyle snuck off to the Allegheny National Forest with best friend Dylan
Mild, and as the 8 o'clock hour waned, a
6-point snuck in broadside.
As he'd rehearsed all summer, Kyle's
arrow hit the mark. He made it back home
with an unforgettable memory, and in
plenty of time for the vows.
With an unfilled fall turkey tag in early
November, Kyle hiked new territory with
his grandpa. The previous days had been
tough, with respect to terrain and turkeys.
And this day, while untangling thick brush
and weaving between grapevines, Kyle
noticed movement.
As a flock took form, Kyle took the
closest bird. Working toward his second
Grand Slam, Kyle now was rounding
second base. But by the final day of bear
season, the prospects were fleeting.
Quitting, however, never is an option
for Kyle, who also performs well under
pressure. Positioning himself in a thicket
where he was destined for a bear encounter at 10 yards, the bruin hit a small opening, and Kyle shot straight.
He would celebrate alongside brother,
Lucas, and friend, Dylan, who harvested
bears the same day.
Still glowing from their bear success,
Kyle and Dylan hoped good fortune
would last into spring turkey season.
The pair planned to meet one morning,
then hike a half-hour into the forest to a
favorite spot. Dylan arrived just in time
to witness his friend harvest a gobbler,



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