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TAKING his son along, Bill learned, rekindled his excitement in running a trapline. “And I became a kid again, by golly. Just like my son. And it felt wonderful.” grooved passage running through the middle of the stream? That’s called a run. The muskrats scour out those passages with their hind feet from repeated trips up and down the stream. We’re going to place traps in the runs every so often; that way we’ll catch most of the muskrats as they travel from pond to pond.” Jesse watched intently as I pulled a body-gripping trap and two wooden stakes from my packbasket and waded into the stream. After centering the trap on the bottom of the run, with its spring sticking straight up, I slipped the stakes through the spring’s eye in crisscross fashion and anchored them into the streambed just outside the trap’s jaws. The two stakes formed an X, with the bottom half serving as guide posts while the top half encouraged the muskrat to dive under the jutting, perpendicular spring. I continued setting traps in similar fashion along the stream until we reached the first pond. Here Jesse and I scouted for submerged den entrances, where I would set the trap and then hand it to Jesse so he could lower it into the water by the chain. When the trap settled in front of the den entrance, I’d stake it solid and we would move to the next spot. By the time we emptied the packbasket and started back to my truck it was late afternoon, and Jesse was having difficulty keeping up. I smiled, slung the packbasket over my left shoulder, and crouched down. “Tired, partner?” I asked. Jesse squinted into the sun and nodded wearily as I cradled him under my arm and stood. He snuggled close to me. “Better?” I asked. Then he nestled his head against my shoulder, closed his eyes, and wrapped his arms around my neck. By the time we reached the truck he’d fallen fast asleep. APRIL 2010 The following morning we were up at dawn, and I let Jesse run ahead as we approached the first set. He dashed to the stream’s edge and peered into the crystal water. “We got one, Daddy!” he cried. His face lit up like a Christmas tree as he turned toward me. “Hurry up,” he pleaded. “It’s a big one!” Now I was excited. In fact, I couldn’t remember the last time I felt so wound up over trapping. I hurried to the stream, removed the muskrat from the trap, and held our prize in the air, its rich brown fur glistening in the blazing sun like a fine jewel. “He’s a beauty.” I crowed. “An absolute beauty.” Jesse clapped his hands and jumped up and down with glee. And I became a kid again, by golly. Just like my son. And it felt wonderful. We continued checking and resetting traps until we finished the morning with 14 plump muskrats. When we arrived back at the truck, the greenskeeper was waiting for us. “How’d you do?” he asked. I set the packbasket down and

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

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
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 - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB1
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