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Another View By Linda Steiner We hunters do “take it one day at a time,” one opening day, that is. All the talk centers on the next opening day. Live for the Day “I CAN HARDLY WAIT,” my hunting buddy said, “for opening day to be here.” I forget which opening day it was, the opening day of spring gobbler season, the start of fall bowhunting, the beginning of the early muzzleloader deer season, maybe the regular firearm deer season or the late muzzleloader season. Or it might have been small game season or the first day he could start fox trapping. Whichever it was, he was living for that day. As hunters, don’t we all live for a succession of opening days? Right now, the one that is taking all of our thoughts, plans, preparations and dreams is the first day of spring gobbler season. For those of us hunting on an adult license, we’re living for May 1. Young hunters, those on a junior license or those under 12 who are going out under the Mentored Youth Hunting Program, are living for a day that will arrive sooner, April 24, the special youth spring gobbler hunt day. We hunters do “take it one day at a time,” one opening day, that is. All the talk around the proverbial water cooler at work or the lunchroom centers on the next opening day. It’s what we chat about when we see each other after church, in the grocery store or the post office, and whenever we talk on the phone. We may even be texting each other. APRIL 2010 At our local sporting goods shop, the merchandise displays are all about that next opening day we’re living for. Right now the store is mostly camouflage clothing, shotguns and shells, turkey calls, decoys and their carrying bags, even targets with turkey heads for pre-opening-day shotgun patterning. It’s as if the place has been decorated for a party. No, it’s not your birthday; it’s opening day of spring gobbler! Is there anything wrong with anticipating the opening day of a hunting season the way we anticipated Santa’s coming down the chimney? After all, we can’t help but live for that day; it’s the next big thing in our life. We must have expectations of a future special day, to make the same-old days until then bearable. For the opening day of the 2009 regular firearm deer season, my brother and my 14year-old nephew traveled all the way from northern New Jersey to be with us. My nephew couldn’t miss much school, so his dad would let him hunt only opening day and part of the second day. That’s not much hunting time to hang your hopes on, but they would have opening day. I know my nephew was living for months on the thought of that day. We didn’t get the dusting of tracking snow that is always welcome to have on the opening day of deer season. Instead, shortly after daybreak it began to rain. Sit47

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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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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