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finally arrived, it was time to reach an agreement. Mr. Twayne was sitting beside the bed as his wife held their newborn child. Suddenly a freight train approached, and the cabin began vibrating. Mrs. Twayne’s tea cup rattled against its saucer as the locomotive’s wheels made a thunderous clicketyclack sound against cold steel track rails. The train blew several earsplitting blasts as it passed the cabin and slowly made its way south. Mr. Twayne got a gleam in his eye, pulled his corncob pipe from his mouth, and smiled with a gummy grin. “ChooChoo!” he exclaimed, “Let’s call him Choo-Choo.” Mrs. Twayne smiled back, “perfect” she said. Baby Choo-Choo would some day become the biggest outlaw deer killer in Clinton County, and one of my greatest challenges as a wildlife conservation officer. It wasn’t so much that he was smart . . . he was just awfully lucky. By the time Choo-Choo became an adult, he stood 6-6 and weighed 350 pounds. Dirty blond hair (more dirt

than blond) brushed his shoulders, and a full beard grew on his often expressionless face. His eyes were shaded by his forehead, making him appear quite menacing. ChooChoo didn’t have any friends. The only person I ever saw him with was his wife, and that was usually while the two of them were roadhunting. I never saw either of them out of the truck on foot. They were always cruising the forestry roads, but never seemed to have any luck. At least that’s what they wanted me to think. Choo-Choo was an excellent marksman, and could easily drop a deer with a single well-placed shot. If it was cold enough, he would leave the scene immediately, to return only after dark to retrieve the carcass. Sometimes he would first dress out the deer, but he wouldn’t risk transporting it during the day, as it would never be tagged as required by law. The odds were in his favor at night, and he didn’t believe in bag limits. “Ramming” deer was another method that Choo-Choo used to kill them. He had a steel grid made out of concrete reinforcing rods welded to the front of his truck, and he often cruised the roadways looking for opportunities. The rumor was that he could eat an entire front shoulder in one sitting. So ChooChoo was always looking for opportunities. Over the years I came very close to nabbing Choo-Choo, but somehow I was always a few minutes too soon or a moment too late. However, his luck eventually ran out. One year in particular, I had been receiving a lot of reports about roadhunting occurring on a state forest road. SomeGAME NEWS

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

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
First Archery Buck
Red Oak, White Oak
Just Like the Good Old Days
Step Back in Time
Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
What Goes Up . . .
First Time’s a Charm
100 Deer
The Brute
Flight 93
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Archery Buck
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Red Oak, White Oak
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Just Like the Good Old Days
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Step Back in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - What Goes Up . . .
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Time’s a Charm
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 100 Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Brute
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover3
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