Pennsylvania’s statewide spring gobbler hunt runs from April 30 through May 31. Only bearded birds may be harvested and can only be taken using a shotgun.

While most folks think of autumn or even winter when thinking about hunting, a hearty few picture spring, as these ambitious guys and girls are spring gobbler hunters — a special breed of hunter that love nothing better than matching their hunting skills against the survival instincts of the wild turkey.

Between now, April 30, and May 31, thousands of hunters will be pursuing the wlld turkey throughout Pennsylvania’s forest and fields. What makes this hunt so particularly challenging? That’s simple. The hunter, to be successful, must reverse the roles of both the gobbler and the hen turkey.

Larry Hendricks is an avid outdoorsman from Union County.

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