I drove up to the big woods of north-central Pennsylvania & met up with good friend, Allen Hevner, his dad Craig & his father-in-law Lew Davis to do some turkey hunting. We had some encounters with gobblers the first two days & even called a hen in mid-morning on Tuesday. But we just couldn't get things to come together with a longbeard. Wednesday morning, we decided to try a bird that Lew worked a few days prior & see if we could do something with him. The whippoorwills were singing as we parked the truck & made our way down into a big valley. About 3/4 of the way down into the valley, we stopped to listen at daybreak. Right on cue, a crow cawed & a barred owl hooted. Sure enough, that bird gobbled! He sounded like he was a good ways off. But he was just out in front of us a few hundred yards & down off an edge. So we got set up on a little bit of a flat above him in some younger open timber. Al set up behind Lew & I maybe thirty yards to call. As we were getting ready, the bird gobbled again on his own. Once I got the camera set up, Al gave him some soft yelps & he cut him off! But with it being late in the season, Al was reluctant to call too much. A few minutes later, Al gave him some soft clucks & then went into some more plain yelps. He gobbled twice more to that sequence! Then he got quiet for a little while. As we sat there waiting, I figured he was about to pitch down. Pretty soon, he gobbled again on his own & he was right in front of us (just out of sight)! Lew got his cheek down on the stock & I swung the camera a little to where I thought he would show up. Maybe thirty seconds went by & Al gave him a few more soft yelps...he hammered right on top of us! Lew picked him up & said "twelve o'clock Chad, coming straight at us!" At thirty yards, I picked him up in the camera & said "I got him Lew." He was making a bee-line for Al at a steady pace as Lew dropped the hammer on his second bird of the Pennsylvania season! It was only six o'clock & after several weeks of hard hunting, Lew was able to wrap his tag around the leg of a beautiful, public land Pennsylvania longbeard. It was a textbook hunt that turkey hunters dream about!
Sunrise: 5:43 a.m.
Temperature: 56 degrees (partly cloudy)
Barometer: 29.95 & rising
Location: north-central Pennsylvania
# of gobbles heard: 40