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spot and pointed. As I walked in from behind and to her left, the woodcock went up a little sooner than they normally do, giving me a left quartering shot. I noticed the bird lose altitude in thick honeysuckle at the shot from the first barrel and tried with the second, thinking I had missed, but was nowhere near the diving bird with the second shot. Young Maggie, not yet a retriever, went and found the dead woodcock, which had, after all, been hit with my first shot. We shared the moment and I admired the lovely hen before placing it carefully in my coat. Maggie continued to hunt in a mixture of honeysuckle and roses that was impenetrable in places but was, thankfully, patchy enough to allow dog work and shooting. Within minutes she was pointing again. I found her staunch in a difficult tangle of cover. She held as I flushed the woodcock, which went out low in front of her with no safe shot possible. When it came into sight, I marked it well and again sent the dog in the bird’s direction. I stood in a small clearing for a few minutes, watching Maggie work the cover in an arc around me. As I took my first step, the woodcock flushed, inches from my boot, giving me what would have been an easy straight away shot. Wanting to shoot only over points, I let the bird fly, hoping for dog work. It did not go far, and again we worked in the direction of the flush. Maggie pointed the bird again, and when flushed it made a hooking flight that gave me a right quartering shot. At the first barrel, the centered bird came down, lodging at eye level in an impossibly dense rose bush. I had to fight through the thorns for several minutes to retrieve it. Continuing around the pond, Maggie was birdy 10 minutes later, but produced nothing. Moving across a clearing to another dense clump of cover, she got excited again. She pointed near an old apple tree, then broke point and relocated a few yards away, this time staying staunch. I walked NOVEMBER 2009 in expecting a woodcock flush, but there was nothing. Maggie’s intensity told me there was a bird. A tight sitting woodcock is considered a gentleman by many pointing dog owners, but particularly tight sitting birds have made a fool of me more than once. As I continued to scuffle around, trying to put up the bird that just had to be there, it finally went up in back of me and to my left. By the time I got a look at the bird it was rising sharply, probably 25 yards out. Not a hard shot if it were flushed in the classic manner, but I was looking over my shoulder with no chance for a shot before it was gone. We followed that bird and it flushed wild three times. The last time it doubled back and I saw it above the treetops in full afterburners, flapping its wings only occasionally to maintain speed, a view of a woodcock I rarely see. It made me realize the type of flight they must use during migration at night, and after being pushed four times by this bumbling hunter and his dog, I imagined it might be heading straight for Louisiana. We continued our circumnavigation, finding promising cover most of the way, and moving one more grouse, without a point. Completing our loop with daylight remaining, I decided to go back to where we had started moving woodcock and work the cover in the opposite direction toward ground we had not yet hunted. We came into some overgrown fields beyond a pond. Maggie was working along strips of cover with her nose low — a sign there was a bird running ahead of her. She got a good distance ahead of me and out of sight when I heard the unmistakable cackle of a pheasant but no flush. Assuming she was on a running rooster, I moved quickly toward her, and then heard the cackling and this time a flush, but I

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
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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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