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animals, including muskrats, mink, skunks, weasels and raccoons. Records indicate that in many years he was paid more than 50 percent of the total money paid for furs in Huntingdon County. In some years that figure exceeded 75 percent. In 1896 he was paid $1,167. His tally for that year included 21 wildcats, 792 foxes and 1,135 mink. Another well known trapper and hunter was E.N. Woodcock, who traveled the mountains of Potter and surrounding northcentral counties. His diaries confirm that during the winter of 1865-66, he and two companions camped out in the vicinity of Kane. Collectively they killed 46 deer. Woodcock also bagged 2 bears and trapped 13 martins, 8 mink, 5 raccoons and 2 otters. Woodcock did not record what he was paid for his share of the venison or the bears, but he received more than $100 for the furs. He returned to the Kinzua area near Kane again in the winter of 1868. He and a partner killed more than 30 deer, 6 bears and 4 otters. He wrote of shipping one bear to New York, without removing the hide, and receiving $27 for it. Woodcock’s magazine articles during a 10-year period between 1903 and 1913 chronicled his hunting and trapping adventures. His

written accounts confirm that in 1908 he received $4 to $4.50 for foxes, $5 to $6 for mink, and 80 cents to $2.25 for skunks. Muskrats brought about 30 to 40 cents apiece. E.N. Woodcock’s magazine articles also provided an account of how in October and November of 1909, he and a small group of veteran bear hunters working in a 4-county area killed nearly 100 bears. While most of these were caught in traps, some were killed with dogs. In 1911 the use of steel traps for taking bears was prohibited, and in 1915 the passage of a bill prohibiting the use of pitfalls and pens in taking bears was enacted. It wasn’t until 1935 that the use of dogs was prohibited in hunting and chasing bears. In 1885, the General Assembly passed the “Scalp Act.” This law placed bounties of $2 on bobcats and $1 on red and gray foxes. A 50-cent bounty was placed on weasels, mink, hawks and most owls. The exception on owls was the saw-whet, screech and monkey-faced (barn) owls. A 50-cent bounty on crows was later added to the list. Unfortunately, fraudulent claims were widespread and the allotted budget to pay bounties was quickly exhausted. In 1887, the state legislators repealed the Scalp Act, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission was established in 1895. In 1913, the year of the first hunting license, bounties were offered on bobcats, foxes, weasels, mink, goshawks, sharpshinned hawks and great horned owls. This bounty on hawks agitated birdwatchers, and they clamored to have bounties on all hawks removed. Compounding the problem, in a PGC investi-

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

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
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