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September 15, 2000

Steve Walburn
% Game and Fish Publications
P.O. Box 741
Marietta, GA 30067

Dear Mr. Walburn:

You can't find a down in the corner of Virginia where the states of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky meet at the Cumberland Gap. All the land in that area seems to go straight up. To get to the best, the biggest and the oldest tom turkeys, you need an infusion of mountain goat blood.

As we discussed by phone, I'm excited about writing "High Wall Up for Turkeys." I had one of the most exciting and productive turkey hunts of my life last year at the Cumberland Gap. I hunted all three states for turkeys from the same beginning point and finally took a turkey in Virginia. But at certain times of the year, hunters can buy three different licenses in three different states and bag six gobblers in this tri-state region.

You and I have talked about this article being tailored just for Virginia, or it can run in all three states. I have super photography to accompany the feature. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible on this proposal. You mentioned too that you may want to copy this query and pass it along to the other two state editors. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

With best regards,


John E. Phillips