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One of the joys of waking up in the middle of the night during spring gobbler season, after climbing to a high ridge, is the calm and clear-headedness the pre-dawn hour brings.

As the hints of light begin to show themselves in the east, the precious moment before the slow sunrise is a magical time to be a witness — fully alive, with all your senses engulfed in the sounds, smells, feel and sights of a new day being born.

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Chris Ellis is a veteran of the outdoors industry. His book “Hunting, Fishing and Family from The Hills of West Virginia” is available at Contact him at

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