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necessarily the best day for hunting success. Sure, there won’t be as many game animals in the woods after opening day, but I don’t believe that sheer numbers of what’s available play a large part in determining whether we fill our tag or game bag. Where my hunting group and I were on opening day of deer season last year, virtually all of the hunters stayed on stand throughout the day. Hardly anyone got up to push deer around. After some volleys early in the morning, the woods went mostly quiet. Just about everyone must have been thinking that if they stayed put, someone else would send deer in their direction. But no one was putting on drives at all, and I was about the only one who got up and went for a walk. At quitting time on Monday, certainly I was disappointed that I hadn’t gotten a shot. But I knew there would be Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and the first Saturday, then the second week and the second Saturday. The opening day, the starting hour, was just the signal that the game had begun and I had two weeks to play it. Being in the midst of the season became what was exciting. It was unfortunate that for my brother and nephew there was no rest of the season. Things just didn’t work out for them to be able to hunt again in ’09. I wish they lived closer and could have spent the whole first week of deer season with my husband and me, as did two other friends from eastern Pennsylvania. We four hunted different spots throughout the week, wherever we had WMU or DMAP permits, mostly putting on small drives. By the end we had all filled tags, although not all of our tags, and I got a 6-point. At the end, we looked back at an exciting and successful season, but it took some days of hunting to get there. Now it’s April, and like the other hunters I know, I’m living for opening day of gobbler season. All of my thoughts, schemes and anticipation are for that first morning, that first daybreak and a not-toofar-off yodel of a lonely tom. It’ll be like Christmas in the spring, in more ways than one. On Christmas morning we just get to open our new toys. It’s in the days after that we really get to play with them. Trapper’s Tips… By Dan Lynch Southeast Region Wildlife Education Supervisor Proper Fur Stretching You’ve now caught lots of animals. You’ve taken the time to skin them without making any noticeable cuts. Now what? Well, it’s time to stretch them on wire stretchers or wooden boards. Don’t cut any corners here. If you aren’t sure exactly what you are doing, stop. Take the time to call your local furbuyer and ask questions. Go on-line to the many chat rooms or trapping websites and ask some questions. Contact your local WCO and ask him or her to give you some names of experienced local trappers who may be able to help you. You seem to have done everything right up to this point, make sure you stretch your furs properly and show the furbuyer your animals at their best. You owe it to the resource and you will usually get the best price with properly put up fur. 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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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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 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
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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 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
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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