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helped out considerably. My physical fitness test came about six days earlier than Andy’s, and I was looking forward to putting it behind me and moving on to the next phase. At the physical I met Rick Finnegan (who would go on to earn the physical fitness award at Ross Leffler). Rick is one of those people that you become instant friends with. With our last names alphabetically close, we figured that if we both made the final cut, we could end up as roommates. At the end of the day, we both passed with flying colors. The final task was a 300-question psychological test held in a suburb of Harrisburg. After much anticipation, I received a letter asking that I report to the school on the evening of April 1. I wondered for several days if Tim Grenoble, the director of the training school, was pulling a practical joke for April Fools Day or if we were to actually report. In early March, the school offered an open house for cadets and their spouses, to give everyone an idea of what to expect. We toured the school and had a presentation of the history of the PGC. Back at home I gave a 2-week notice to Barry Shrift, the contractor that I was subcontracted under. I told him I was finally going to fulfill my dream of becoming a WCO for the Game Commission. Barry, like others, was proud of me and reminded me that I always had a job waiting if things didn’t work out. I told him I appreciated the offer, but guaranteed him that it wouldn’t be necessary. Among the proud were my parents Reid and Sheila. They allowed me to make their home my weekend home, as they lived more than an hour closer to Harrisburg, and it didn’t make sense for me to pay for an empty apartment. As I moved stuff everywhere, my sister Sue kept my mounted game tro18 phies, and my sister Kate’s basement was full of all my furniture and boxed possessions. I practically lived out of my car that year, between visits to see my girlfriend, Missy, and weekends at home with my parents. The year at Ross Leffler was the single greatest experience of my life. The days were long and full, yet it was one of the shortest years of my life. The broad curriculum was trying at times, but very rewarding. My favorite training activities include the hours spent at the pistol range and field training with veteran WCOs. At the conclusion of the 49 weeks of training I was assigned to the Northwest Region. Mercer County became my new home, a place I was familiar with due to former employment in the area. Waiting for me was a deputy force with more than 100 years of experience. Al, Bruce, Dave and Terry welcomed me with open arms. WCO Don Chaybin is to my north and my “big brother,” a veteran officer who keeps an eye on me as a new graduate. The Northwest Region supervisors and staff, as well as neighboring officers Clint Deniker, Jeff Kendall, Arthur “Chip” Brunst and my predecessor, Jim Donatelli, now the Mercer and Venango County LMO, also keep me under their watchful eyes. At the graduation ceremony I was privileged to carry the 27th Class flag. My greatest honor was to have received my credentials from retired Deputy Game Protector C. Reid Hergenroeder, my father. I want to express my deep gratitude to those who always believed in me and helped me become who I am today. I don’t have to list names, they know who they are. Now, when you walk down the hall at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg, there’s a new class photo on the wall. The mighty 27th Class of graduates, Cory, Kevin, Derek, Chris, Jason, John, Rick, Dave, Lawrence, Wayne, Matt, Mark, Ray, Scott, Seth, Dan, Mike, Chris, Mike, Andrew, Dennis and Michael. I’m proud to be one of them. GAME NEWS

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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Scofflaws
The Last Shot
Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
Chasing the Dream
The Barberry Grouse
Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
The A Team
Hand-Me-Downs
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Scofflaws
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Last Shot
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Chasing the Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Barberry Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The A Team
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hand-Me-Downs
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Crossings
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