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STEEP SHOTS from a treestand, especially when a deer is close, can be challenging and can take an archer out of his or her comfort zone. with a wide, sturdy base and a cushioned seat. And although my bow hangs within easy reach, if a deer approaches from behind or far to my left, the close quarters force me to clumsily maneuver my bow and nocked arrow around adjacent trunks and limbs. One other problem is that the knotted trunk angles markedly toward me just above my seat, making it impossible to lean back comfortably. Therefore, when hunting from that stand, I’ll find myself constantly leaning forward in a position inclined to induce backaches. The level of comfort afforded by this stand (and any other) is enhanced by the confidence it inspires. This is a factor of its position at a height and in a place where I know from experience that deer will appear and that, when they do, they are extremely unlikely to detect my presence or movement when I draw my bow. And this inspired confidence, ultimately, is the most critical component of comfort for any stand. Location of Stand on Property Another element of stand placement may diminish psychological comfort, because it induces anxiety and worry. How close is the stand to neighboring properties, uncertain boundary lines or other hunters and stands? If the archer lacks permission to hunt or even enter the properties of neighboring landowners, what happens when an arrowed deer flees onto that property, particularly if, as too often is the case, a narrow-minded territorialism is the rule? I know of at least a few cases where bowhunters, even after making polite overtures to landowners, were refused permission to recover hit deer. Lacking reciprocal understanding among property owners, the fear of losing a deer under such circumstances should make any archer nervous. NOVEMBER 2009 Many years ago, while perched in a favorite treestand one October morning, I was approached by another bowhunter I didn’t recognize. My stand was located not far from another property that had recently been sold. There were no distinct boundary markers, but there had always been reciprocity between the landowners and those who hunted the respective properties. This unrecognized archer postured belligerently, strode up to my tree, and antagonistically informed me that I was trespassing on property that his buddy’s family had just purchased. I kept a cool head as I addressed his concerns by explaining the approximate location of the unmarked property line and added that, if anyone was trespassing, he was, but I wasn’t about to make an issue of it. He grunted and trudged off. While I knew I was in the right, I was so agitated by the confrontation I lost my enthusiasm for hunting that day. A full year passed before I could comfortably hunt that stand again — something I’ve done regularly for the intervening decade since that incident, and I never crossed paths with

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
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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
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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
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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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