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never saw the bird. With pheasants in the area, I put a pheasant load in the second barrel, keeping my usual woodcock/grouse load in the first. I had no idea which direction the pheasant went, other than it was away from me. Maggie continued to hunt and was on point again in a few minutes, in a dense thicket with an ancient apple tree at its center. As I moved toward her, she broke point and took a few steps forward, reestablishing and holding steady as I moved in. I was thinking pheasant as I came in from the only direction I could, which was from behind her, due to the dense cover. Before I got even with her, a woodcock went out low, not offering a shot. I got a glimpse, and we followed what I thought was the general direction of the flight. I was now walking through an overgrown field with clumps of thick cover all around. Fueled by a blend of pheasant and woodcock scent, Maggie was working fast and furious in the open terrain. She came by me at full throttle, and in a maneuver that I cherish, changed direction and literally slammed into a point, standing in the clearing, pointing into a thick poplar stand five yards in front of me. I was thinking woodcock when the colorful rooster flushed, rising sharply across an opening. I shot with the first barrel and saw feathers fly, but the pheasant continued on. I followed with the second barrel and the large rooster fell. Maggie was on it momentarily, and tried to get a mouth hold on the stillflapping rooster, which seemed to be nearly as big as my setter. Unaffected by the wing beating she was taking to her face, she mouthed the bird excitedly, and picked it up and delivered it to my feet. She had handled her first cockbird well. This was Maggie’s first rooster shot over a solid point, and we paused for a few minutes to make an occasion of it. It was getting late, so I swung Maggie back toward the truck. With the truck in sight, and me dreaming of dinner, Maggie worked into another patch of honeysuckle, getting birdy, but with the wind at her back, she bumped a woodcock. I went into the impossible tangle and the bird flushed wild a couple more times, heard but never seen. I was dead tired after four and a half hours without a break, and it took a lot of convincing to get Maggie out of the brush and into the truck. I quickly snapped a photo of a wet, tired Maggie with her mixed bag before the drive home. We may not live in a world class upland hunting area, but we had moved six different woodcock for ten flushes and five productive points, taking home two — with less than stellar shooting. Maggie moved two separate grouse with one productive point, and one pheasant, which she flushed once, and ended with a fine point on the same bird. It was a lovely mixed bag on a day that I would not trade for any other covert with any number of birds. GAME 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
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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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