Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5

I hunted that spot about once a week, when the wind direction was right, until the season ended, but never saw the buck again. I mentioned to a buddy that the buck was like a ghost; I could only catch a glimpse. The first day of the firearms season found me in a treestand, in the pouring rain, on our property in Perry County. After staying in the stand from half an hour before light until dark, I was a little cold and, to say the least, frustrated. I saw four does all day and due to the thick fog that blanketed the area every hour or so, I was happy to see them. Tuesday was not much better; a whole day of hunting and I saw nine does. Back to work I went, but despite all the day-to-day problems and projects going on, I still had deer hunting and the ghost buck on my mind. The Weather Channel showed a cold front with high pressure rolling in on Thursday evening, with considerably colder weather and sunshine on Friday. Because I had commitments only in the morning, I decided to take a half day of vaca- A photo on page 13 of the September issue showed a photograph of a deer that was not properly tagged. As has been the case for many years, deer are to be tagged in the ear, not the antler. This is so license information remains with the animal’s head, for research purposes. tion and go after the buck in the orchard. At noon I sped home and got ready for the hunt. I had all my clothes washed and in a scent-free bag, ready to go. The night before I had decided that because the maximum distance I would be shooting was less than 40 yards, and the shot would be quick, my Remington 870 pump with a Hastings rifled barrel and 4x Leupold scope would be the perfect firearm for the job. I arrived at the orchard about 1:30 and noticed the wind direction was due south, opposite of what I needed to hunt the stand. Because I spooked two deer on my way in that were already feeding, I decided to sit tight IF YOU harvest a buck this fall that you think might make Pennsylvania’s record book (115 B&C Club points for archery typical; 135 archery nontypical; 140 typical with a firearm; and 160 nontypical with a firearm), after a 60-day drying period, contact an official B&C measurer to have your rack scored. A list of measurers can be found at www.booneandcrockettclub.com. A signed copy of the official score sheet then needs to be sent to: Pennsylvania Big Game Records, PA Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. The scoring of the rack in this story brings up some interesting points. For scoring, if the author had found the broken off piece of antler that perfectly matched the fresh break, and the rack was repaired with that piece, the entire length of that point could be accepted as part of the rack’s score — providing the bonding substance did not increase the length of the point. If a broken rack has been fixed with synthetic material, the rack can still be officially scored, but no portion of the synthetic-material repair can be included, and the synthetic-material repair has to be pointed out to the measurer. If a skull plate has been sawed in half and then reattached, that rack is ineligible for entry into any record book. “Pennsylvania Big Game Records,” a complete list of Pennsylvania big game trophy records is now available in a bound, printed version, for only $5, which includes sales tax, plus $1.25 for s&h. Order from the Game Commission at “The Outdoor Shop,” at www.pgc.state.pa.us, or call 1888-888-3459 with your credit card. NOVEMBER 2009
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Insert 1
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cover3
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