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as we pulled a dozen empty traps from a frozen stream the following morning, and Sarah began to wonder if I really knew anything at all about trapping. “How many traps do you have?” she asked, her tone indicating concern that we hadn’t caught anything. “Five more to go,” I smiled. “Two muskrat sets and three for beaver.” Then I knelt down and told her that I didn’t know if we’d catch any muskrats because it was the last day of the season, and I had been trapping here for several days. She was clearly disappointed, and my heart sank. The two traps were in a small pond, and as we approached I instructed her to wait on the bank while I walked out to them. I could see two prime muskrats in them, and though I’d caught hundreds before, I was thrilled by my discovery. After chopping through the ice I yanked the furry carcasses from the water and held them over my head like a silly schoolboy. “Surprise!” I cried. Sarah giggled as I walked over and handed one to her. “Help me carry our catch, partner,” I smiled. By now we were both chilled to the bone, so we shuffled quickly through the snow until we reached my truck and climbed inside. I started the engine, turned the heat on full blast, and looked over at my daughter. “Cold, huh?” Sarah clicked her feet together to knock the snow off her boots and shoved her hands into her coat. “Brrrr.” she said with a shivery smile. I nodded in agreement. “Well, it’s official,” I declared. “You’re a real, honest-togoodness trapper now.” “Just like Daddy?” Sarah beamed. “Yep. Just like Daddy,” I winked. “And by the time we reach the beaver pond you’ll be all warmed up again. Promise.” “You, too, Daddy?” Sarah asked with a level of concern uncommon for a girl her age. “Me? Oh, I’m already warm.” I smiled, “Just by having you in the truck with me.” And I watched her innocent face soften with relief as she settled back to gaze at the passing countryside. My beaver sets consisted of three body gripping traps placed in a run in a warm spring that never iced over. Although the trap jaws filled the run from side to side, all three traps had to be propped up so their jaws were jutting above the water line, which would encourage the beavers to dive under them. Each trap had been set in exactly the same manner, with a fresh poplar limb placed nearby as an added attractant. As we pulled into the farm I glanced over at Sarah, the snow from her boots now a tiny puddle below her feet. “I saw fresh tracks yesterday when I set these,” I told her. “They were from a big beaver.” “How big?” she asked. “Almost as big as you,” I said. Sarah’s eyes flashed. “As big as me?” she marveled. “Yep.” And as I eased my truck along the pond’s edge, I glanced over my daughter’s shoulder while she hurriedly pulled on her mittens. Floating below us were three large beavers, one in each of my sets. “C’mon, honey,” I said shutting down the engine. “Let’s go check some traps . . .” Although many seasons have come and gone since those days, I remember them as if they were only yesterday. They are cherished memories, etched in my soul forever. Days when the sun seemed warmer, the snow a little brighter, and the fur so much richer, simply because I was in the company of children. APRIL 2010

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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB2
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