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On the Road Again By Daniel P. Schmidt Forest County WCO T HREE PGC vehicles motored down an Allegheny National Forest Road. Several miles in, two pulled off while the third went another mile before driving back an old logging road to hide and wait. Several WCOs and I exited the first two vehicles and quickly unloaded our cargo before anybody showed up. I grabbed my old Army rucksack, which held my portable radio, white camouflage clothing, a notepad, remote control and several other pieces of equipment, and ran up the steep roadside embankment. I found a large oak tree where I could drop off my equipment, and then ran back down the hill. By that time LMO Rich Cramer, WCO Frank Leichtenberger and Deputy Chuck Worley had the other equipment set up. Rich and I double-checked and felt confident the set-up would work. The three of them then made a quick retreat to their preplanned hiding spots before anyone came down the road. I backtracked to the big oak and prepared myself for the next few hours. I cleared a small spot of deep snow and laid down a thick moving pad. I put on my insulated coat then a white parka over top. I put the batteries into the remote control and manipulated a few of the levers. Down through the woods I could see the head of a deer move. Good, I thought. Everything was ready to go. It was late Friday afternoon during the first week of the firearm deer season and we were running a decoy operation on a remote road in my district. It seemed evNOVEMBER 2009 erything was in place and all we had to do was wait. We had about three hours of daylight remaining, and I was glad we had gotten set up without encountering anyone driving by. If word got out we were there, we may have had a boring afternoon. Shortly after settling in I heard a vehicle approach. My heart rate climbed and I prepared myself to react. The truck passed without so much as a show of brake lights, though. By the equipment in the truck bed, I figured the driver was tending oil wells. I took a couple deep breaths and my heart rate settled. It started to snow and I pulled my knit cap down over my head and flipped up my collar. I hadn’t been there long and wasn’t cold and that’s how I wanted to keep it. I saw some movement off to my right and noticed a real deer approaching my direction. With my binoculars I saw it was a mature doe, and as quickly as it appeared, it was gone. Historically, I’ve brought bad luck to decoy operations. During my field training with Cambria County WCO Shawn Harshaw, a deputy and I sat watching the decoy when a car slowly drove by. I knew they were roadhunting and was waiting for the shot, but the vehicle crept by without the passengers ever seeing the decoy. I radioed to the chase vehicle that nothing happened. Within minutes 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
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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
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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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