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come part of the forest and get to the old hemlock stand well before dawn. Settle in and observe everything around you before full daylight, and then you’ll be better able to discern any little thing out of place. Don’t leave that stand before 10:30, Jeff. Deer almost always use the area after 9 o’clock.” Joe was almost in tears, wishing he could be with his young friend. “I just wish old Mr. Magoo here could be at your side, Jeffrey. You’ll never know how much.” Joe was wide awake early on Monday morning. He stood weary-eyed at the coffee maker, watching its progress like a soaring osprey tuning in on a dying bluegill. Nervous, anxious for Jeff’s dream to come to pass, he nursed his first cup. He’ll be just fine and will do everything to the letter, Joe thought. Joe even said a small prayer. “Please do your magical stuff, God. Out there on that cold, blustery mountain is a fine young man who surely deserves your blessings.” The early morning was a miserable one. Blustery winds from the north and snow. Joe knew Jeff would get cold early on, but hoped he’d hold out to at least 10 o’clock. Joe was getting dressed when his phone rang, which startled him out of his train of thought. He was feeling better and answered with a hearty, “Hello.” On the other end Joe heard Jeff’s excited voice. “Good morning, buddy. How are you feeling this fine frigid morning?” “Well howdy, Jeffrey. I’m warm at least, and I’ll bet you’re colder than heck. It’s not even 9 o’clock yet. What’s up buddy?” “I can honestly say I’m not cold anymore. I just finished tagging that nice 8-point we spotted in the corn stubble last week.” Old Joe’s belly turned into a flurry of nervous butterflies. His tired knees all but buckled with the news. His eyes teared profusely, and holding the phone away from his mouth so as not to rupture Jeff’s eardrum he screamed, “All right!” “Where are you, buddy? I’ll be there in about 45 minutes.” “I’m fine now, Joe. I’m just above the NOVEMBER 2009 lonely hemlock near the edge of the corn. I was freezing and about to head for the truck for a while when I spotted him coming. I went slowly to one knee and waited until he came in a little closer. At about 65 yards I touched off the old .308. He dropped like a rock, dead before the shot stopped echoing off the hillside.” “Stay there, Jeff. It may take me awhile to make the climb to get to you. I’ll be there, though, so hang out and enjoy the sight of your first buck.” After considerable huffing and puffing, Joe cleared the first bench on the mountain and spotted Jeff at the edge on top. When Joe reached Jeff’s side, they hugged, Joe all but weeping with happiness. Jeff’s grateful smile and sparkling blue eyes were a gift Joe cherished at the moment. Field-dressing complete, and after several cups of coffee from Joe’s old pot, they began the drag off the hillside. Joe thought as he walked, and then mentioned to Jeff that the pride he felt was close to emotional pain. But Joe handled it well. After all, it was Joe’s dream come true as well. After some happy conversation, hot veggie soup and sourdough bread, Jeff had to leave for home. Jeff had a shoulder mount made of his beautiful buck. It hangs in his bedroom, right alongside a sizable portion of old Joe’s heart. Joe knew his many lessons did well for Jeff, and he knew that even after he was gone to the “whitetail woods in the sky,” Jeff would forever carry Joe’s memory and lessons with him. Jeff was that kind of young man. Joe wishes he could walk the autumn woods but realizes he cannot. He has memories enough, though, to fill his cup to overflowing. He needed those, he thought, as he looked through the window toward his whitetail woods. He’d much rather tote his .30-06, but it, too, rests.

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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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cover3
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