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lawn chair beside the fire ring, toasting marshmallows; she really liked s’mores. I was proud that she didn’t panic when the skunk ambled under the picnic table during supper. Her eyes met mine and they kept getting wider and wider, waiting for me to give the cue to run, which I never did. The only time Mom balked on that trip was when I started to carry her suitcase into the tent. “Where do you think you’re going with that?” she asked. Before I could explain that she would be more comfortable in the 9x12 tent than the lowceilinged pickup camper cap, she put her foot down. “Your dad and I are sleeping in your camper. I am not sleeping out here with the bears.” It was just as well I didn’t insist there were no bears, because one brushed my side of the tent during the night. Mom wished me good luck every hunting season. She always worried about her daughter’s safety. “Who’s going? You won’t be alone, will you? When will you be back?” Mom didn’t mind so much when I was going turkey hunting or deer hunting, any kind of hunting but bear hunting. “Oh, be careful,” she’d say. “Now I’ll be afraid for you out there in the woods with the bears.” I’d smile and remind her it was same woods I was in all year long; the bears were out there those other times, too. In bear season, I think she mixed some prayers with her worries, just for good measure. In the months before her death, Mom was constantly in my own prayers and worries. We’re all more at peace now, but our missing her will go on forever. I’ve come to understand that in the most important ways, Mom was our family. With her gone, the family is rearranging. It’s still here and we’re all still close, but it’s different. The Weaver has taken from the loom the tapestry of Mom’s life. The shuttle that draws the threads through my own has already moved on from the place where she was part of the pattern. That wildlife, wild places and the recreations that are done there are a part of my life’s weave I have come to expect. That they were a part of my mom’s, too, through me and others she loved, I count a privilege and a blessing. Trapper’s Tips… By Dan Lynch Building a streamside cubby for Raccoons Raccoons are curious animals. They have a tendency to want to investigate shoreline structures like rock formations and hollow logs. As a trapper you can use this curiosity to your advantage. Take some time to build a small rock cubby by building the sides and back with rocks and cover the roof with a large flat rock. Leave the opening facing the stream or pond, in this way the raccoon has to enter the water to investigate, and this will help to eliminate most domestic cats and dogs from this set. The cubby does not have to be wide, six to eight inches is ideal. This set works great with fish as a bait. The bait can be put in the back of the cubby, and a second lure — fish oil or a fruity paste bait — can be smeared on the top edge of the rock roof. An ideal trap for this set would be a #11 double longspring foothold or a #1 or #1½ coil spring type trap. The trap can be set right in front of the cubby under 1/2- to 1-inch of water. The trap can be anchored to a heavy rock, log or grapple hook, and this anchor can be left out in the stream. GAME NEWS

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
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 4
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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 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Crossings
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