Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 18

Mixed Bag By Gary Stefani Such was the case on a late October day not long ago. A series of business trips had taken up some precious time in October, and on top of that, my setter, Maggie, had injured her paw and was out of commission for several days when we would normally hunt woodcock. With Maggie healthy again, and me returning from a week of sitting in conference rooms, to say we both needed to be in the woods was an understatement. We were looking for grouse, and if we were lucky, perhaps a few woodcock, remnants of the flights that had passed through earlier in the season. Five minutes out of the car Maggie got birdy near a large clump of wild roses. I approached quietly as she drew into a picture perfect point, left forepaw lifted. I walked to the opposite side of the clump, and the grouse exited low and fast on the one side that I couldn’t see well. I saw it for only a second as it crossed a small opening at 40 yards. There was no chance for a shot, but I could not have asked for better dog work. I followed up along a clearcut in the direction of the flush, but did not reflush the grouse. Through a grove of hemlocks I saw low cover in the distance, an area I had never been in, and we went over to investigate. Walking on an ancient road through the cover, we came to a large beaver pond. The cover rimming the pond had potential, so I decided to circle around it. Near the dammed end of the pond, Maggie got birdy, and just as she went out of sight, her bell stopped. Before I could get to her, a woodcock flushed but did not fly far, and I felt I had it marked within feet. I encouraged Maggie into the area where it landed, and like a dream, she went straight to the GAME NEWS M Y DOGS and I consider the northern half of Pennsylvania to be our home territory. From the rich river valleys and overgrown farms to the rugged mountains, it is magnificent country. In today’s upland shooting environment, the seasoned gunner in this region is aware that the grouse and woodcock we love have been diminishing throughout much of our lifetimes and those of our parents, too. The pheasant, a relative newcomer, had its heyday decades ago. Still, the grouse are there, and also the woodcock, in spite of the fact they cannot be raised in pens by man, while the pheasant continues to provide sport with the help of stocking programs. With native grouse and woodcock augmented by released pheasants, most of our northern Pennsylvania coverts hold at least one of these species in huntable numbers. A high number of birds is exciting, but not a condition for a good quality experience. I’m thankful to have shooting on all three of these game birds within a few hours drive of home. And, I have the interesting situation of hunting a few coverts where, during a few magic weeks out of the year, all three species can be found in a single hunt, in the same cover.1e

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
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 43
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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
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