Pennsylvania Game News - May 2020 - 31

Close Calls

I wasn't running late, but I didn't have much time to spare either.
And as daybreak hurried in, I fought the urge to do the same, reminding myself
how important it was to arrive at the big, crooked oak as quietly as possible.
Turkeys roost here sometimes.
A few steps from the tree, I slowly plunged a boot into the leaves, and thought I
heard something.
A turkey? There wasn't time to give it much thought.
My next footfall landed silently on bare ground, cleared of leaves on earlier hunts,
and I settled in for the start of another.
The first sound I remember hearing - an explosive, wholly consuming gobble from
a treetop just behind me - nearly knocked me off my 6-inch-high seat. Then another
gobbler lit up, well within 30 yards and directly to my right.
As the minutes passed, darkness disappeared and the sounding chorus continued
- once punctuated by a quadruple-gobble from the bird behind me - I wasn't sure
if I was the luckiest, or perhaps unluckiest, hunter in the Pennsylvania turkey woods
that morning.
On one hand, I'd beaten the clock to ease within 30 yards of two roosted gobblers.
On the other, it was hard to imagine at least one of them - with his bird's-eye view -
wouldn't pick me out, and both would end up much farther away than they'd started.
Tough as it was to stay still amid head-turning gobbles, I did my best. But the longer
I sat there, the more I needed to move at least a little bit - turning a foot to take pressure
off a heel, flexing a knee to stretch out a leg. And with the woods brightening all the
while, I became increasingly convinced this chapter would end in the turkeys' favor.
Still looking straight ahead, I never heard the bird behind me lift from his perch.
Instead I saw his locked wings sailing to the ground over my right shoulder. The sight
of his long beard silhouetted against a somewhat-muted backdrop is one of the most
beautiful visuals I've ever been treated to while hunting.
He kicked up leaves as he hit the ground 15 yards in front of me, almost too close
for comfort. I watched as he walked, then raised the gun as he put a tree between us.
But the bird stopped in place, perhaps hearing me or sensing my presence. I held
steady, arms propped firmly on legs, waiting for him to take just one more step.
And I'm not sure he ever took it.
Without me detecting any movement, his head suddenly was on the other side of the
tree, and I happily broke the silence I'd worked so hard to keep all morning, sending
the other, still-perched gobbler flying away in a panic.
He picked me out after all. Too late.
And the good luck I'd been dealt couldn't have been clearer.

Travis Lau
MAY 2020	

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