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Hand-Me-Downs By H. Bumper Bauer artwork by tom schatz money was tight, and we didn’t have it to blow on what my grandmother used to call trifling things, which amounted to anything that we could not afford to pay cash for. Sadly, real hunting clothing, the kind that graced the pages of L.L. Bean catalogs, fit into the trifling category. So, if I wanted to hunt, I had to depend on hand-me-downs from my dad and grandfather. I almost had a pair of the Bean pac boots one Christmas. In fact, I was sure I was getting them because, as kids do, the closer it got to Christmas the more I nosed around the house, and one day I just happened to see a box in the attic from L.L. Bean. That I had left the pages of the catalog showing the boots in places around the house where I knew they would be seen, who else could the package be for, I reasoned. But then, just a week before Christmas, our electric butter churn broke down. No contest: The churn provided income; the boots did not. I watched from my bedroom window one morning as Dad sneaked the package out of the house to send back. Sad, but it was a fact of life that I accepted. I would just have to save a few more plastic bags from the store-bought bread to slip over my socks to keep my feet dry come deer season. As always, when the first day of buck season arrived, our huge kitchen was full of friends and relatives for breakfast. The year I turned 16 and was permitted to hunt alone for the first time, there was one condition: it had I WAS TALKING to an old friend when the subject of hand-me-down items came up. As we compared notes I found it hard to believe that neither one of us had either drowned or froze to death while hunting during those times. Unlike today’s hunters who have GoreTex and Thinsulate clothing and footwear available, we had to make do with what we “inherited.” Then, waterproof footwear during deer season usually consisted of old rubber 5-buckle boots, the same that were used when mucking out the barn. Outerwear, well it would be almost anything we thought would keep us warm and dry, and usually wound up being quite a combination of items. Mine mostly consisted of the oldest winter coat and wool sweater I owned, blue jeans or overalls and, if real lucky, a pair of Dad’s hand-me-down long johns. Being a farm kid, I never had to worry about going hungry, but in most instances MARCH 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010

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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