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Man finds turtle with son's initials on it [after 47 years]
UPI.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | staff reporter

Posted on 05/06/2012 3:25:51 AM PDT by Daffynition

SOUTH STRABANE, Pa., May 5 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man said he recently found a live turtle his son carved his initials into 47 years ago.

Holland Cokeley, 85, was walking in the woods behind his South Strabane home with his neighbor's dog when the dog found the turtle, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Friday.

"I picked it up, and I thought, 'Oh geez, this is Jeff's turtle!'" said Cokeley. "It's been here for 47 years, and it still has the same markings on it!"

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'Round here, box turtles are protected...and you'd probably be arrested and fined.


1 posted on 05/06/2012 3:25:53 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Around here we plink them with .22’s by the hundreds.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 3:28:56 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: SJackson
Give credit where credit is due.


3 posted on 05/06/2012 3:29:16 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DainBramage
Box turtles? I can't imagine doing that...they are among the prettiest and sweetest critters in the woodlands. :(


4 posted on 05/06/2012 3:31:53 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DainBramage

Why?


5 posted on 05/06/2012 3:42:56 AM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: Daffynition

Young Jeff should have had hit bottom whooped.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 3:44:33 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: panaxanax

Cause there so fast and elusive but more so,
This is why...DainBramage


7 posted on 05/06/2012 3:49:58 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: panaxanax

Harmless critters.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 3:53:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Daffynition

47 years...That’s almost as long as massive alcoholic, 3rd world immigrant enabler and woman drowner Ted Kennedy was Senator.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 4:06:40 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Daffynition

They probably weren’t protected 40 years or so ago when the initials were carved in it.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 4:09:42 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: cripplecreek; t1b8zs; DainBramage

“Harmless critters.”

I’m gonna’ give DainBramage the benefit of the doubt and say that he posted without thinking. We’ve all done that in the past.

If that’s not the case, then he’s got a serious ‘manhood’ issue to deal with.

Nobody will deny that they make easy “targets”, sitting out there on a log basking in the sun......for a ten year-old kid that just got his first .22 for his birthday, that is.


11 posted on 05/06/2012 4:17:19 AM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: Daffynition

I got Box turtle that live just behind my property.... for the past 3 years I have had remove it from my yard as my dog thinks its great fun to play catch and fetch with... no doubt I will have to do so again this year... And yes I know its the same box turtle, my son decorated the edge of its shell with a silver sharpy marker the first year we found it.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 5:13:39 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: panaxanax
Because in our stock tanks there are hundreds of turtles . You guys obviously didnt grow up in Texas. lol.

We actually shoot them when they pop thier heads up out of the water. Much harder to do than you think.

13 posted on 05/06/2012 5:17:22 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

BS

Many years ago I worked on a large cattle ranch and we also had stock tanks. They were about 3’ high and made of corregated metal.

Climbing turtles? C’mon, my FRiend, we’re not that stupid. Besides that, I would think that the rotting carcasses of “...hundreds of turtles” would poison the well, so to speak.


14 posted on 05/06/2012 6:01:07 AM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: panaxanax
Climbing turtles? C’mon, my FRiend, we’re not that stupid. Besides that, I would think that the rotting carcasses of “...hundreds of turtles” would poison the well, so to speak.

You must be that stupid and never been out west. Stock tanks and ponds are the same,, DUH

15 posted on 05/06/2012 6:17:59 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: DainBramage

I honestly can’t think of a reason I’d shoot a turtle.

They’re one of the good guys.


16 posted on 05/06/2012 6:41:18 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: panaxanax
Its not like you shoot hundreds at once Ever try fishing and everything you throw out there gets eaten by turtles before a fish can get to it?

And there literally are hundreds of them. BTW what is a climbing turtle?

17 posted on 05/06/2012 7:03:33 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

Those are snappers in the tanks- they are a pest species, and can be quite dangerous. Everybody shoots them. I once saw one in the middle of a road near a lake that was big enough to be a traffic hazard- and two teenage girls standing right by it wanting to help it. I pulled up and told them to get away from the thing before they lost some fingers or toes- and then called the cops to get animal control out there and dispose of the thing.

This article is about a box turtle- they are a harmless, helpful species, and nobody shoots them. In fact, if I see one in the road, I’ll pull over and put it off the road.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 7:34:48 AM PDT by TexasBarak (He who pays the least- wins!)
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To: DainBramage
Well then, obviously you are unknowing about tortoises and turtles. Must be one of them city slickers who come out in the country and shoot at everything.

The story is about tortoise “Box Turtle” not what those of in Texas know is the water turtle called a “slider”.

Secondly, its pretty lame to be shooting a rifle at a low angle on the water, the damn 22 can fly a mile from glancing off water surface. Want to shoot, go to a range, we don't need to be dodging your whizzing ricochet bullets every weekend!

19 posted on 05/06/2012 8:38:30 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: panaxanax

In West Texas they call a pond a “stock tank”, even though lots of ranches do have a “steel or concrete tank” next to a windmill for cattle.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 8:42:47 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt
Lived on 300 thousand acres the last 25 years....dude. We shoot them from the top of the damn and its way over a mile to the front gate. Pinking turtles with your sons is a time honored tradition, like shooting coyotes.

Im betting your the city slicker between the two of us. BTW nobody I know from Texas calls them sliders. Maybe in Dallas lol.

21 posted on 05/06/2012 9:54:05 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

Yeah right. Still got that Uhaul receipt “cowboy”?


22 posted on 05/06/2012 11:51:34 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: DainBramage

Dahmer? Is that you?


23 posted on 05/06/2012 12:35:04 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: DainBramage

Around here we plink them with .22’s by the hundreds.
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Dahmer? Is that you?


24 posted on 05/06/2012 12:36:00 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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25 posted on 05/07/2012 4:35:35 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: DainBramage
Around here we plink them with .22’s by the hundreds.

Is that comment supposed to make us think you are some sort of rugged outdoorsman?

26 posted on 05/07/2012 4:45:50 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 2 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: SamAdams76

Youve never plinked turtles?


27 posted on 05/07/2012 6:08:05 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: Daffynition

Where in the article does it say Box turtles? Around here they snap and bite your fishing line or toe.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 6:11:18 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage
>>Experts say some eastern box turtles can live for 100 years.

Holland Cokeley said he kept the turtle for a few days, then released it.<<

From another source: >>The year 1965 was also when a 13-year-old boy in Pennsylvania found a box turtle, carved his initials and the year into its rock-hard shell, and then let the creature go.<<

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-turtle-returns-20120504,0,3018267.story

FWIW DB, from my experience, box turtles do not spend time in the water like sliders and painters. So if the turts you are *plinking* are like those in your image, I think they are snapping turtles, and again, from my experience, a .22 [a .22L, maybe, but doubt it will kill them] will not penetrate their thick, tough shell.

My shooting ethic embraces the notion..if you shoot it...you cook it/if you hook it, you cook it. Even if the snapper is a pest, I would never, never just shoot it and leave it...figure out a way to relocate it, with a live catch 'n release. We've done that with snappers who inhabited our lake...but they were formidable in size...big as bath mats....I didn't like them lounging/basking around the floating dock while the kids were swimming nearby. I don't particularly like snappers, but respect them because they can be ancient of days.

One of the great pleasures of lake living, is to paddle up to a log that is crowded with basking painters and when they spot you at the last second, all dive in the water simultaneously.

And yes, painted turtles will bite your fishing bait...but that is rare.

29 posted on 05/07/2012 7:43:49 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

A .22 LR will penetrate Red Eared Slider shells.

Back when I was about 10, I sat on the bank of a stock tank at the deer lease and shot turtles for many hours and several days.

A few days later, there were what seemed like thousands (probably several 100) dead ones washed up on the bank.


30 posted on 05/07/2012 7:53:14 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Salamander
Common aquatic turts;

Musk turt:

Painted turtle:

Slider turt:

Snapping turtle:


31 posted on 05/07/2012 7:55:19 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DainBramage

The African fishermen in my village growing up used to cut the heads off of the turtles that ate their bait while fishing the canals.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 7:58:58 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Clay Moore

I agree...a .22L will penetrate the shell of a painter or a slider. It would probably just cause a snapper to move somewhere else for a while.

Shooting on water, defies my common sense.


33 posted on 05/07/2012 8:00:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Alligator snapping turtle....have you ever seen them jump. People think turtles are slow. But this one...you need to watch out for.....His neck is deceptively long and can just out as fast as a cobra.


34 posted on 05/07/2012 8:03:21 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Daffynition

You are correct but by the same token, there were no people or houses within the mile and a half range of a LR. Also I am a tad bit smarter than I was 40 years ago.


35 posted on 05/07/2012 8:09:51 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Rebelbase

B4 or after they carved their initials in the turtle’s carapace? :)


36 posted on 05/07/2012 8:28:59 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Texas Songwriter
Where do these critters come from anyway? What was God thinking? Fortunately, I don't think we have any in the Northeast...I hope. Aren't they the guys who use their tongues as bait/lure?


37 posted on 05/07/2012 8:39:23 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Yes.


38 posted on 05/07/2012 9:18:07 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: TexasBarak

“This article is about a box turtle- they are a harmless, helpful species, and nobody shoots them. In fact, if I see one in the road, I’ll pull over and put it off the road.”

Correct and they live on land in wooded areas, NOT in ponds!!

JC


39 posted on 05/07/2012 11:49:12 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: Daffynition
How very sweet!

I was able to save a big, heavy snapper a couple of weeks ago. I wonder how old she was? She kept turning around and snapping when I put her down, hoping that she would head to the pond a little ways away. I didn't want to leave her heading in the wrong direction towards heavy traffic, but I didn't want any ticks, so I was hoping rather than turning and snapping she would head for the pond. I kept getting her closer to the pond, but she wasn't cooperating. Finally, I believe, The LORD said to me in my heart, talk to her. So I started to talked to her and she calmed right down and stopped snapping. I was able to put her nearer to the pond without her being spastic, and she was headed in the right direction.

Later on the way back I checked the highway, but she wasn't dead on it. She must have gone into the pond. I was glad to see the road empty of of a dead turtle. There was a nasty tick on my coat, though, and all kinds of turtle slime:)

A while ago I was able to save a snapper who sat on my lap and behaved for about 30 miles all the way to the vet. We have an animal clinic in Madison that takes wild animals, treats them, and then gives them to someone who rehabilitates them and either get them back out into nature, if possible, or gives them to good souls who adopt them. The place has been a real God send.

40 posted on 05/08/2012 12:22:53 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: SouthernBoyupNorth; All
The Eastern box turtle will live it's entire life in an area as little as 5 acres.

With a mainly vegetarian and insect diet, they are harmless.

They love fruit and can often be found in upland wooded areas that have wild strawberries and dewberries.

41 posted on 05/08/2012 3:50:59 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Bellflower
We've shared our snapper stories B4....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2727874/replies?c=36

www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2533095/replies?c=22

I never did find the article from Yankee Magazine a few years back about a fellow in the Northeast who rescues snappers and relocates them in other ponds/marshes for people who want them evacuated.

When we lived on a lake, we'd catch them and put them in marshlands far from us, two towns over. Vicious critters. Big as doormats. After I read the article, I figured that as fast as we were removing them, this guy was probably putting them back in our lake. ;)


42 posted on 05/08/2012 4:16:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Beagle8U

mmm good to know.... Ill have to put up some kind of defense around the new strawberry patch next year


43 posted on 05/08/2012 6:18:45 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Daffynition

44 posted on 05/08/2012 7:21:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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45 posted on 05/08/2012 9:51:05 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Beagle8U
Taking one for the team.


46 posted on 05/08/2012 9:58:31 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: panaxanax
So you worked on a cattle ranch....

But what you don't know...is stock tanks can mean regular old ponds.

That said....there's plenty of creeks around here that you can't set trot lines, or limb lines...because the water turtles are so thick.

Years ago...I was fishing a beautiful little pond in S.E. KS. Threw my lure...out and WHAM...thought I had a 7 lb. bass.....turned out it was a turtle. Was a bit tricky getting the lure back. Ha!!

Personally I think box turtles are cool. Water turtles....not so much.

47 posted on 05/08/2012 10:00:45 AM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: X-spurt
Geesh....around here...when I shoot a water turtle...I'm 5-10 miles from anywhere. OR we are high up on the creek bank...shooting pretty much down.

Never heard them called sliders...though. We just call them turtles. : )

48 posted on 05/08/2012 10:09:36 AM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Osage Orange

I don’t give a hoot about the turtles, but what’s the point of killing them? Just for target practice? Ever wonder how shooting gets a bad name??????

Have hunted for almost 60 years, but was always taught to not shoot at anything you don’t intend to kill and don’t kill anything you ain’t gonna eat.


49 posted on 05/08/2012 2:36:12 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt
I guess you are against predator hunting... coyote, cougar, wolf, bobcat, etc.

You ever ate a coyote?

BTW, you ain't no expert....noob.

50 posted on 05/08/2012 6:39:31 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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