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even seen a buck.” Joe leaned back in his writing chair, put flame to his old pipe and then smiled and said, “Jeffrey Howe, I’d be honored and happy to do just that. Let’s talk, buddy.” After reminding Jeff of how his old legs couldn’t carry him like they once did, Joe continued. “If you’ll phone me a few days ahead of when you can go afield, I’ll give you a crash course you won’t ever forget. But you’ll have to carry me,” Joe laughed. He told Jeff that even after decades of hunting whitetails, he didn’t know close to it all. What Jeff would learn would be quite enough to give him an edge and the knowledge needed to bag his first buck. The relaxed conversation lasted more than an hour. Jeff listened intently and took notes in a spiral-bound notebook. “I want to memorize this by buck season. I have to at least see a buck this season,” Jeff said. “Jeff, you shall, my friend, you shall,” Joe said. Jeff was a good student and a joy to work with. Joe felt that he was the lucky one in this endeavor. For the most part, the mentor’s legs and heart held up pretty well, but the two walked slowly, stopping often to check things Joe pointed out to Jeff. Joe loved what he was doing with his “student.” Jeff absorbed the lessons like a sponge, and the more he learned the more enthusiastic he became. Their plan was for Joe to accom16 pany Jeff on opening day, but as luck would have it, a few days before the season opener, Joe’s strength took a turn for the worst. He was weakened by too much activity, and two days before the opener, had to make a dreaded call. “Hello, Jeff. Hey, buddy, I’m not feeling up to snuff. I’ve been battling this bug and seem to be losing. Jeff, I doubt I’ll be able to accompany you Monday morning. I feel terrible about letting you down, but I’m pretty weak. I hate breaking a promise, but you’ll do just fine out there. Just remember what I taught you. Enjoy the quiet of the morning woods, move as little as possible, and think only of your dream coming true. It’ll keep you focused.” “Don’t worry, Joe. I understand. Just get well. Maybe you’ll feel better for the second day?” “There ain’t gonna be a second day for you, son. You’re gonna fulfill your dream on Monday morning,” Joe reassured. Jeff said that he’d have his cell phone and promised to call if he got his buck. Joe told Jeff he’d come to help with the fielddressing. “We’ll talk again Sunday,” Joe said. Just be cool, be calm, walk softly, beGAME NEWS

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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cover2
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 46
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 54
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Insert 1
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