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really nice walks, but little else. Through a few new coon hunting buddies, Frank found a nice treeing Walker male, Timber. Timber was much better than Scarlette, and after two or three months of him taking the dogs out by himself or with buddies, he conned me into walking along. And that was the night another coon hunter entered the ranks of woods bums: I got hooked. I will never forget the chill up and down my spine after hearing the long dying bawl of a hound on a raccoon track. It was music, beautiful music. To this day, I still get a chill when one of our dogs opens up on the track, and there’s nothing like the excitement of waiting and listening to them work that track and turn over to a chop bark to show us they have found and treed Mr. Ringtail. There is just something very relaxing about sitting in the dark or in dim light, alone or with friends, waiting for that first bawl. Which dog will open up first? Will it be a cold track or hot? Which dog will get the track figured out and work it to the tree? Over the years we have had our share of hounds, some good, some not so good. I believe we have owned and hunted every breed of coonhound except the black and tan. Basically, all the breeds are similar in body structure, hunting ability and the love of the hunt. Colors vary according to breed, black and tan, bluetick, English (any color is acceptable); plotts (vary from almost all black to nearly tiger striped); redbones and treeing Walker (tri-colored, picture a NOVEMBER 2009 Being in the woods at night does have its risks. We’ve been run over by deer, chased by foxes, tiptoed through the weeds with rattlesnakes buzzing somewhere near, lost on the mountain and sprayed by skunks. giant beagle). What a houndsman chooses to hunt and trail behind in the woods is a personal preference. Anyone you talk to will tell you that their chosen breed is the best. Some say they will hunt and own any dog that will tree a raccoon, regardless of color. I think I would have to say that Frank and I fit into that category. At the present time we have all English dogs. A bluetick-colored female, Autumn, who is our grand dame at 7½ years old. She has given me many firsts in the coonhound world. I am an avid bench show exhibitor, and I love to put a beautiful coonhound up on that bench and make them look pretty. Autumn took me to my first grand show champion, me the 2002 Pennsylvania Nite Hunters Show Handler of the Year, and her, the Show Dog of the year. Also, she captured the 2002 Pennsylvania AKC Coonhound Show Dog of the Year. She gave me my first grand field champion. In addition, she contributed two litters of puppies that have turned into coon dogs, and many memorable nights in the woods. Zarn is our 5½-year-old male redtick. He is a coon dog deluxe. He is also a grand show champion, but where he really shines is in the woods, where he is a consistent, hard hunter. We use him to train other

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

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Ghost of the Orchard
Deer Wrestlers
Hunting with Hounds
A Just Reward
Mixed Bag
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Ranger and the Grouse
The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Squirrels The Hard Way
National Police Shooting Championship
On the Road Again
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ghost of the Orchard
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Deer Wrestlers
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Hunting with Hounds
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - A Just Reward
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Mixed Bag
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cheaper by the Dozen
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ranger and the Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Squirrels The Hard Way
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - National Police Shooting Championship
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - On the Road Again
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 53
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Crossings
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