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have been more tough ones than easy ones
in my book. But here goes:
" About five or six years ago a buddy of
mine had been after a gobbler in Dauphin
County for most of the season. This is always
a sign that it's probably going to be a tough
one. So, on the last day of the season, welcoming the challenge, I joined him.
" As daylight began to break, a whippoorwill sang in the distance. My dad always told
me if you hear a whippoorwill, it's going to
be a gobbling morning. And soon after that
the ol' boy let out his first gobble. I knew
the area well because it was close to where
I grew up. As we planned to cut the distance
and set up again, another turkey hollered in
the distance. I told my buddy this might be
his lucky day. It changed my mind on the
set-up and that we needed to get between
them.
" It was one of those mornings that both
gobblers stayed in the tree longer than
normal, as that happens a lot later in the
spring. After about an hour of small talk,
neither gobbler answered much, but the one
bird we were after gobbled a few times, and
I told my buddy he knows where we are and
to be patient.
" Finally, he answered from the ground;
we never heard him pitch down, just the

Matt Morrett and daughter,
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change in the volume from the understory
between him and us told the story. I then got
a little more aggressive with my calling and
he cranked up a bit. I quit calling, except for
some intermittent soft talk.
" About an hour later the original gobbler got to within 100 yards when the other
tom gobbled over the hill behind us. He
had moved in silently before gobbling. The
original gobbler wouldn't budge, obviously
hoping the 'hen' would come to him, but
after a while he began closing the distance,
albeit very slowly. After a long wait, some
soft scratching in the leaves, and just being
patient, at 9:45 my buddy was wrapping a
tag around the bird's leg.
" The moral of this story: If a gobbler
answers your calling, you are always in the
game. Don't keep calling for a response, let
him know you are there and pay attention
to any advantages you can put on your side.
" My buddy said he would have either
bumped those turkeys or left way before 8
o'clock. Be patient, as long as you are in a
turkey's 'house,' you are on their schedule. "
Matt finished up our interview by reminding hunters to always identify a target before
even clicking the gun safety off. And, to take
precautions and treat clothing for ticks.
Wise words from an expert.



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