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Lock, Stock & Barrel The Shooters’ Corner By Jim Romanelli By Don Lewis Elixir F THERE’S a better elixir than homemade maple syrup, I haven’t come across it. If you’re ailing from cabin fever, boiling maple sap into maple syrup is just what the doctor ordered. The process seems so simple: collect sap from sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum); boil the clear fluid in a large, shallow container over a hardwood fire; further reduce the sweet product atop a kitchen stove; bottle it and, voila — nectar of the gods. In reality, though, it’s not that easy. You’ve got to be willing to tap trees in February and March, no matter how deep the snow or how cold and wet the weather. Several full cords of seasoned firewood must be on hand, laid up the previous fall. Hand-auguring or drilling holes into trees, setting taps, hanging sap collecting containers, transporting sap to the processing area, pouring it into a large boiling container, constantly feeding an insatiable fire, monitoring the temperature of the boiling sap, and time — lots and lots of time — go into making maple syrup. A group of my friends in St. Marys has been doing this for 30 years. They started small with basic equipment, but over time both their equipment and syrup making techniques have evolved. Every year they make improvements to the process or invest in better tools to produce more and better tasting syrup. Last season they made 90 gallons. That’s a lot of boiling considering their ratio of sap to syrup is about 40 to 1. The sap reduction fire is tended ’round the clock. In the early years, a canvas wall tent provided shelter where weary fire watchers could catch a few hours’ sleep, or take refuge from inclimate weather. Now they have a permanent wood shanty affectionately known as the Sugar Shack. A syrup making weekend at the Sugar Shack is a social event; rarely does someone work alone. A fairly steady stream of relatives, friends and acquaintances stop by to check out the goings-on and lend a helping hand. Sometimes the number of cars parked along the road resembles the draw for a farm auction. Boiling time is a period to catch up on news and events. People who haven’t seen one another since the previous syrup season, or longer, talk like it was just yesterday that they had spoken. It’s been 25 years since I lived in the area, but when I get a chance to join the gang, it’s like coming home. Syrup making transcends time and distance. The camaraderie reminds me of ice fishing or deer camp. We share hunting and fishing stories, talk about family and work, and generally solve the world’s problems. Perhaps international leaders and politicians should convene around a syrup making fire. Making maple syrup is more than a bridge between winter and spring. Collecting clear liquid from hard maple trees, and transforming it into one of the tastiest elixirs known to man, is almost magic. It’s an annual ritual that gives us hope. Hope that if we can make something this special from simple tree sap, what might we be able to make out of our own lives? I By Gregg Rinkus 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
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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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