Pennsylvania Game News - May 2021 - 6

After several days or weeks of hunting,
your desire to tag a turkey either evaporates or hardens into a do-or-die attitude.
I never quit, but it can be tough hanging
in there.
In a rocky season, another early morning arrives. Once again, I fumble for the
blaring alarm and stumble out of bed.
Despite the early hour, my wife inexplicitly mumbles a sleepy, " Good luck. "
The big tom I've been chasing lives
on a ridgetop. The trail leading up is long
and steep, but this bird's been gobbling
steadily the past week, while others have
gone silent.
Arriving at the pull-off, I climb out of
the truck and start up that tough slope once
again. As the sky lightens and the birds
start singing earlier than usual, I can't
help but feel invigorated. Dawn becomes
a breathtaking crimson sunrise.
Although I'm worn and exhausted, I
tell myself today might be the day. It's
only a flicker of hope, but it's there and
burning.
Finally, I reach the ridgetop. I know
exactly where to go, the exact tree to sit
against. Will the gobbler repeat yesterday's route? Is he with hens? Is he roosted
in the same spot?
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Then, he gobbles, about 200 yards
away, and my heart leaps with anticipation. He gobbles every few minutes,
gobbling more than ever. I find myself
wishing he'd gobble less; concerned
another hunter might hear him.
Finally, after over 80 gobbles, he
pitches down. Tense as a coiled spring,
I call softly, then more excitedly, like
a lonely hen. There's a pause, then the
gobbler hammers back at me; a double
gobble!
Shaking, I purr softly and he answers
instantly. I gulp, raising the shotgun and
purr again. The gobbler thunders back,
already halfway to me. I slip off the safety
and remain absolutely motionless. Suddenly he's there, appearing like magic in
the dim light.
He paces forward suspiciously, brilliant red-and-white head up, incredibly
alert. Soon, he steps behind a large oak.
Fighting to remain calm when he steps
out, I take aim and squeeze the trigger.
The shotgun's blast cuts the silence, its
recoil goes unnoticed, and the bird drops
in a winged flurry.
Weeks of futile hunting. Then I bag a
gobbler in three short minutes.
Turkey hunting is like that.



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