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wouldn’t have been in the woods on a day like that unless I was hunting. To me, rainy, foggy, gloomy days have a beauty all their own that sometimes only a hunter can appreciate. It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, two days before the opening of deer season, so there was added “electricity” to the woods. I drove up the mountain through the fog, and when I reached the parking spot and shut off the engine, the fog closed in. I felt like I was the only living thing on top of the mountain and that civilization was worlds away. It was a rather spooky but enchanting feeling. It was 3 o’clock, and the rain was steady but not real hard, and I knew I would be able to endure it for the last two hours of daylight. I loaded the revolver, grabbed my Hotseat and walked 50 yards or so down into the mature oak woods. I got comfortable with my back against one of the big old trees. The stark loneliness of the damp, eerie woods was intoxicating. I was thoroughly enjoying the moment when I caught a flicker of movement at the extreme lower edge of my visibility. Two gray ghostlike forms materialized below me and flowed up the mountain in my direction. They were gray foxes and were totally silent as they moved toward me. They were so graceful in their movements that it looked like they weren’t even touching the ground. They jumped a log in front of me and crossed within a few feet of where I was sitting. I could see the rain fly off them from the exertion of their leap. They landed three feet beyond me and with a few more bounds disappeared into the fog. The 30 whole dreamlike sequence lasted mere seconds and, when it was over, it was one of those things that made me wonder if it had even happened at all. There was not a sound made by either of the foxes. It was a moving experience that will be etched into my memory forever. Using a handgun can provide the challenge that will make squirrel hunting a pure delight again. Your game bag won’t be as full at the end of the day, but you will have spent a satisfying and enjoyable day in the woods. And for me, hunting with the Ruger is extra special, because it was Dad’s gun, and I always feel his presence whenever I have it along. Of course, any rig you like and are comfortable with and that gets you into the woods is the one for you. There’s nothing quite like sitting on a ridge top, watching the sun creep over the mountain to signal the start of your day. Or being on the edge of a hollow at dusk when an owl’s haunting call echoes through the treetops as night begins to fall. The peace and solitude of those moments are what hunting is all about. 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 - 46
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 52
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover3
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