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saw a bear that weighed about 275 pounds. I couldn’t see a tag in the bear’s ear, so I crawled up in the bed of the truck for a closer look. As soon as I grabbed the bear’s fur I sensed there was more to the story than Cletus was telling. The bear was warm to the touch, and when I rolled it over, steam was still coming from the open chest cavity. After seeing the tag, I looked in the bear’s mouth for a tattoo and noticed what appeared to be pieces of corn. Suspecting Cletus was hiding something, I asked him why he didn’t take his bear to the check station the night before. Cletus said he didn’t see the bear until the end of legal hunting hours, and when he shot it, he had a hard time finding blood, so he waited until morning to track it. Hearing this I became even more suspicious, because it had snowed at least three inches overnight and didn’t start until about midnight. I knew this because Deputy Harding and I were not far from Cletus’s property, looking for jacklighters the night before. I told Cletus he needed to show me where he shot the bear before I would be able to officially check it. Deputy Harding and I followed Cletus to a dirt road that borders one side of his property. We pulled off the road near some ATV tracks that came out of the woods. Cletus got out and said this was where he pulled it out of the woods. Although I suspected the bear was shot over bait, Cletus told me that there was a cornfield just over the hill, and the bear was probably there before he shot it. I told Cletus that I wanted to see where the bear died, and started to follow the ATV tracks. I walked to where the bear had been fielddressed. I found blood, a blood trail and the tracks, and they were all on top of the snow that had fallen late the night before. NOVEMBER 2009 I then followed the blood trail to see if I could determine if the bear had been shot over bait. As I followed the blood trail through the woods, I spotted what looked like a whole flock of turkey tracks going to where the bear had come from. As I came over a small rise in the woods I spotted a house in front of me. A flock of 20 or so turkeys feeding on a small hillside scattered when they saw me. I asked Cletus about the house and he said it was his. Now all the pieces of the puzzle came together. The blood and bear tracks led right to the location of the turkeys and two feeders full of corn and other feed. Ironically, this also happened to be Cletus’s backyard and where the blood trail from the bear originated. Although Cletus was adamant that he shot the bear during legal hours on the last day of bear season, I explained to him that the snow told a different story. Although no cartridge case was ever recovered, it was determined that Cletus saw the bear at the feed pile about 50 yards behind his house on Thanksgiving morning and couldn’t resist the temptation to shoot it, so he went out to the garage and from the corner of his house shot the bear. Cletus lost his bear, lost his privilege to hunt for several years and was fined for his temptation.

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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