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Batmen to the Rescue CHESTER — Local Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Bonney told me that a little brown bat got caught on an artificial fly and line that a fisherman had broken off and left dangling from a tree branch. The bat figured it would snatch an easy meal, but this one contained a barbless hook, deer hair, feathers and thread. Upon discovering the bat swinging from the limb, West Chester Fish, Game & Wildlife Club members Glade Squires and Mike Colley came to the rescue. They donned waders and a ladder and with leather gloves in place, they removed the bat from the hook and released it no worse for wear. Bob said, “I know barbless hooks are great for catch and release with fish, but I never figured on one being an asset for unhooking a bat.” — WCO SCOTT FREDERICK, SADSBURYVILLE The Most Important Factor GREENE — As we watched the bait pile one frigid morning, I explained to the two rookie WCOs that trapping turkeys is not as easy as it looks. Many things can go wrong I said, including the rockets not firing, deer at the bait site, and something or somebody spooking the turkeys. On this morning none of those things happened, and on our very first attempt with WCOs Seth Mesoras and Jason Farabaugh, everything worked perfectly; we trapped and banded six gobblers. I then explained the “beginner’s luck” factor. — WCO ROD BURNS, ROGERSVILLE Will Be Missed The sportsmen and women of the commonwealth recently lost a friend with the passing of Harry B. Miller from Latrobe. Harry became disabled at a young age from an accident that confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The accident didn’t cease his enthusiasm for the outdoors, though, and he began a crusade for other individuals with challenges. Harry co-founded the PA Sportsmen for the Disabled organization, and through his determination and spirit, many individuals who had given up were encouraged to once again participate in outdoor sports. He started the Special Day for Special Kids Program at Keystone State Park, and sponsored an annual fishing derby for youngsters. Harry was a personal friend of mine and always eager to help in any Game Commission activity. He once said to me that even though he was confined to the wheelchair it didn’t mean that he couldn’t do everything he did before; he just had to go about things a little differently. We are deeply indebted to him for all his commitment and work efforts for all hunters. — WES JOSEPH V. STEFKO, GREENSBURG APRIL 2009 City of Champions ALLEGHENY — About a week before the Super Bowl I was sent to the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. A hawk was trapped in the furnace room, and after arriving, I was escorted to the lower depths of the building, to a small area that looked like the engine room of a battleship. The maintenance workers were helpful, making sure the bird stayed calm, by closing the door and turning off the lights. I was able to quickly capture the Cooper’s hawk and it was a special moment for me to be able to release the hawk in the courtyard and watch it fly over the “Terrible Tree” (a tree adorned with Terrible Towels and other Steelers items). What a privilege it is to work with wildlife in the “Burgh.” — WCO DAN PUHALA, PITTSBURGH 39

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover3
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