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directly to agency biologists about the deer’s location. The collar records a location once a day until September and then every hour. The collar will last about a year and is expected to drop off the deer in January 2010. There are currently 84 deer with various types of collars “on air” in 4B that biologists are keeping tabs on. The Game Commission captures deer in three ways: rocket nets, drop nets and Clover traps. Rocket net sets involve a long line of bait placed near several rockets that are attached to a 60- by 40-foot net. When several deer are near the bait with their heads down, a remote trigger ignites the charges and the rockets fire, pulling the net over the deer and capturing them. Drop nets are suspended on poles and bait is placed under the center of the net. When several deer are under the net, a remote trigger releases cables holding the net up, and it falls to capture the deer. Both net types require bio aides to sit on site while the net is set, usually at night, and release the trigger IF the right circumstances occur. This can be time consuming and uncomfortable, to say the least, because weather conditions that time of year often bring snow and ice, and temperatures regularly dip below freezing after the sun sets. Clover traps allow biologists to set the trap, leave and check traps the next morning; they are, more or less, a metal cage frame with nylon netting. They are placed in secluded areas absent of human activity and disturbances, and where there is evidence of deer activity. They are usually placed near thick cover where captured deer will, presumably, feel safe. Bait is placed at the back end of each trap, farthest from the open door. Sometimes the bait is drizzled with molasses as an added incentive, and a short trail of corn is trickled from the bait pile to just outside the trap entrance as a way of luring deer into the trap. A trip wire is set near the bait, and when a deer paws at the bait or lowers its head to eat, it trips the wire and NOVEMBER 2009 the door falls shut behind it, trapping the deer inside. Captured deer usually settle quickly, consuming the rest of the bait throughout the night and bedding down, but the trap is staked to the ground to prevent it from flipping, if they struggle. As the trap design evolved, critter bars were installed a few inches above the ground all around the trap to allow squirrels and rabbits and such to enter the trap and get to the bait without chewing through the nylon netting, thus creating weak spots in the trap and allowing escapes. The critter bars have really cut down on repairs and kept the integrity of the capture design. Checking traps each morning is a 2-person job. A duo sets out to drive the trapline along routes that are often precariously steep, snow covered and icy. When the team approaches a trap, both members jump out of the truck and head toward the trap. If the trap door is still up, one checks to see if the bait needs to be replenished, while the other hangs back away from the trap. The less the site is disturbed, the better. Often, if the trap isn’t within eyeshot and, if there is a capture, when they jump out of the truck they can hear the cage jingling as the deer (excited by the sound of the truck) moves around within it. Both bio aides spring into action, racing to the trap, one carrying a “capture kit” of tools, the other revved up to enter the trap and attempt to bring the deer to the ground. One person lifts the door enough to squeeze into the trap, maneuvers on top of the deer and, in a bear hug-type fashion, pulls the deer’s front legs toward its body and uses the deer’s own body weight to bring it to the ground. Sometimes the bio aides take quite a beating. The other bio aide makes sure the

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
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