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seasons, squirrels were usually down on the list of priorities. Then, my father, who was also my closest hunting companion, passed away in 1988, and I inherited, along with his love for the outdoors and hunting, all of his guns. I’ll be forever thankful to him for both. And although hunting would never again be the same without him, I felt it was up to me to see that his guns were used on a regular basis. It was a responsibility I eagerly accepted. Along with several long guns, there was an old model, 3-screw 5½-inch Single Six .22 revolver. That gun had quite a history, as it accompanied me and Dad almost every time we went to the woods together. After a trip to the range with several different brands of ammo, I found one load that was dead on out to 15 or 20 yards. So, I had my new squirrel gun, and I vowed that this one would never get away from me. The acquisition of the Ruger renewed my interest in squirrel hunting, and I was pleased to find that the 28 magic was still there. There’s one particular spot on our mountain that has a strip of hickory trees bordered by mature red, black and white oaks, that stretches across the bench for several hundred yards. I can’t remember a year when at least one of the oak species or the hickories didn’t produce a bumper crop. One crisp fall morning I was sitting with my back to a hickory, watching as the sky gradually brightened. As the sun hit the treetops, the activity started heating up. Dad taught me that if I let the first several squirrels go about their business, the rest of the squirrels would become much more active. I happened to be set up about 10 yards from the major hickory producer on the mountain, and it seemed like every squirrel on the ridge headed for that tree. There was a downed log three feet from the tree, and the squirrels would run to the end of it, pause for a few seconds and then hop onto the hickory. When I saw a squirrel approaching, I would get the gun up and hold on the spot where they paused. I would have only a few seconds at most to get the sights aligned and a shot off. But it was a good system, as I ended up going four for six. The activity tapered off around 9:30, and I gathered up the four squirrels and field-dressed them. The Ruger became my constant companion anytime I was small game hunting. I was sitting for turkeys one afternoon at the head of a grapevine-choked hollow. We had often seen turkeys in the hollow, gorging on grapes, so I figured I was in as good a spot as any. I was backed into a laurel shrub, resting against a small maple. I was there maybe a half hour when, about 40 GAME NEWS

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

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - BB1
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