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All at once I heard a man and woman shouting, but I couldn’t understand what they were screaming about. Suddenly, I realized who the truck belonged to — ChooChoo Twayne. He and his wife were shouting obscenities so loudly their wailing rivaled the gunshot from earlier in the day. Choo-Choo recognized the decoy, and their simultaneous obscene name calling was directed at any and all officers who may have been hiding nearby. I radioed to Ken and suggested we give them a minute, and they would probably move on. And that’s what happened. But as Choo-Choo pulled away he turned his head, craned his neck, and spotted my vehicle on the hill. He shouted one final obscene insult at me as he continued slowly driving away. We are trained to take a certain amount of guff, but Choo-Choo was taking me close to my limit of tolerance. Suddenly, Ken radioed that another truck was approaching the decoy. I quickly turned my head and spotted it. It was coming from the south, just as Choo-Choo had done. I continued watching as the truck stopped adjacent to the decoy. Then, unexpectedly, Choo-Choo’s taillights flashed red as he hit the brakes. What’s he up to now? I thought. I continued moving my head from side to side, futilely trying to watch both vehicles at the same time. The passenger in the second truck cautiously stepped out with a rifle, just as Choo-Choo put his truck in reverse and backed perpendicular to the road. As Choo-Choo brought his truck to a stop, the hunter slowly raised the rifle to his shoulder. Without warning, ChooSEPTEMBER 2010

Choo’s wife almost fell out of the truck in her haste to open the door. Meanwhile, the hunter put his index finger on the trigger and slowly, ever so slowly, began to squeeze. “Don’t shoot; it’s a decoy,” Mrs. Twayne frantically shouted. The hunter jerked his gun barrel toward the sky and fired a round into the clouds. Wow, I didn’t expect that. My blood pressure soared like a rocket as I struggled to control my feelings. “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more,” I said out loud (Popeye usually said that just before fighting Brutus). Man, where’s a can of spinach when you need it? I grabbed the microphone and shouted, “Let’s get them — all of them!” Choo-Choo was uncooperative at first. However, I was able to convince him that we could, and would, put him in handcuffs, even if we had to use two pairs. He finally settled down, and soon afterward I handed Choo-Choo and his wife citations for interfering. (They later pled guilty, with their combined fines exceeding $1,000 and hunting privileges revoked for three years.) It was finally time to call it a day, and Ken, Chuck and I were satisfied with the results. We were amazed that two people could be so arrogant and stupid. After loading up the decoy, we headed in opposite directions to patrol back to our homes. It was almost dark, and I was getting hungry. It was time for a nice big plate of spinach quiche.
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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
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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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