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saying it was raining out there and he had seen a buck earlier that morning but couldn’t get a shot. I reported the non-activity on my end, and thought about how cool it was to have cell phones. Here we were, hunting more than 200 miles apart, yet it felt like we were hunting together. By 9:30, I was nearly frozen and thoroughly disgusted. I hadn’t seen anything and I made up my mind that I would stick it out until 10 o’clock, and if things didn’t pick up, I was going home. The decision to stick it out a little longer would prove to be the right one. Just before 10 o’clock I saw movement to my right. Two deer, one with antlers, flashed through a small opening about 40 yards in front of me and disappeared into the thicket below. That got my blood flowing a little, and all of a sudden I wasn’t quite so cold and uncomfortable. Not five minutes later I saw movement again in the small clearing. The deer were coming back, and this time they were headed right for me. The doe emerged first, moving quickly on a path that would bring her within 10 yards of my stand. The buck was still in the thicket, but I could hear his grunts and I knew he would be heading straight for the doe. As the doe passed my stand the buck emerged, and I could see he had a respectable 6-point rack. I drew my bow as he went behind a tree, and when he hit my shooting lane, I grunted to try and stop him. Unfortunately, he was so enamored with the doe that
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he paid no attention to my grunts and quickly sauntered through the clearing and was gone without ever offering a shot. The whole sequence left me with a case of the shakes, and I had to sit down to collect myself. I relayed the events to my uncle via text message, and he told me to keep alert in case other bucks were trailing the doe. It turned out to be good advice, because 10 minutes later a second buck appeared in the small clearing where I had first seen the doe. He was considerably bigger than the 6-point, and I thought he’d follow the doe’s trail past me, but he disappeared in the other direction. No sooner had I gotten myself situated again when I spotted another deer moving through the bottom of the oak flat, heading for the same thicket the doe had come from. It had a large body and was very dark in color, and although I couldn’t tell for sure what it was, I had a feeling it was another buck. I lost sight of it for a few seconds as it passed into the thicket, but then it reappeared about 40 yards out, in the same place the doe had come from. It was a buck — the third one I’d seen in 30 minutes — and it was definitely a good one. The 8-point picked up the doe’s trail and walked toward me, nose to the ground. I drew when he passed behind a tree, just like I did with the 6-point, and when he got into my shooting lane I grunted again to try and stop him. He stopped all right, but not before taking a few more steps and ending up behind some brush. There I was, at full draw on a buck standing broadside at 10 yards, and I couldn’t shoot.
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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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