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plain No. 3 that I reached for when heading for the deer woods. So with the little No. 3 across my lap, I snuggled deep into my hunting coat. A bit below me and stretching out close to two hundred yards to the bench, I studied the wooded flat, looking for every patch of color, every minute shape that could suddenly blend into other shapes and contours that was a deer. If snow dropped from a drooping hemlock, I looked to see what caused it, the sudden weight of a chickadee or had a deer brushed it in passing by? I became a part of the surroundings, my mind totally immersed in anything and everything that could even hint of a deer. My hearing had years earlier dwindled to almost non-existence, so I used my eyes to ferret out that insignificant movement, that patch of color that didn’t belong, that almond-shape that sometimes became an ear and then the fore-quarters of a deer. Oh, how I loved those moments when my consciousness became detached from the daily toils of life to be totally immersed in the woods and all they held around me. Then I heard the shots. Three fired so rapidly they gave little time for accurate aim. Probably a miss, with one or more deer possibly running in my direction, four or five minutes away. When those deer came over the rim they’d be heading straight toward the promontory. And when they got there, they would either bear off to their left toward the winch, or make an abrupt turn to their right, in the general direction of Johnson’s pond and a field overgrown with scrub pine. Either way, if they came through as I expected, one of them would have my name on it. Of course, a lot could happen between now and then that could scatter my plans like fall leaves in the wind. I waited. Time dragged as though lifting boots from Kansas mud. No deer showed itself over the rim, and I began to get edgy. Where were they? Had they run into another hunter and turned away? Or had they not come in my direction at all? Maybe I had been mistaken in the direcMARCH 2010 tion from which the shots came. My thumb caressed the safety, begging for action, but the woods on the flat were barren and empty. Then all of a sudden the deer were there, five of them trotting in single file straight toward me, maybe just a bit to my right. I hadn’t even seen them come over the rim. They were just there, halfway across the flat, slightly to my right, headed toward the old winch. The little No. 3 snuggled against my shoulder, safety off and the crosshairs centered on an opening between the trees where the deer must pass. The first two were mature does, and heavier than I wanted to drag out. The third one was medium in size, and in an instant the crosshairs sought a spot just ahead of where the neck joins the body. I pressed the trigger and the 420-grain paper patched bullet — shades of the late 1800s — slammed home. She dropped without so much as a quiver. That was the last shot I ever fired at a deer, and the memory of that last day of deer hunting will forever remain with me. Never will I forget the two hours spent dragging that deer out to Al Segar’s home, where I stopped to eat a bowl of steaming chili and to call Betty to come and get me. Never, not ever, will I forget that last shot.

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
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Cover2
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
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Last Shot
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Chasing the Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Barberry Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The A Team
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hand-Me-Downs
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 36
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 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Crossings
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