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After a few seconds the buck cautiously took another step and stopped again, still behind the brush, and looked right at me. This is it, I thought. I blew it again, and he’s going to run any second now. But he didn’t. He stood in that spot for what seemed like an eternity, although it was probably more like 30 seconds, and then slowly started walking again. My arms were getting tired, but a quick glance ahead showed my respite might be coming very soon. The buck’s new path would take him smack through the middle of another, much larger opening that would give me a 17-yard quartering away shot. I grunted again when he was in the clear, and when he stopped, I nestled my sight pin just behind his shoulder and pulled the trigger on my release. I heard the thwack of arrow hitting bone, and as the buck shuffled off I was fairly confident I had made a good hit. I was shaking uncontrollably again, so I sat down to calm my nerves and replay the events that had just unfolded. I waited 30 minutes before getting down from my treestand and walking to the spot where the buck was standing when I shot. There was no blood or any other sign of a hit, so I started to walk in the direction it had gone after the shot. I was starting to

get a little concerned when I noticed my arrow lying on the ground in the undergrowth. I went over and saw that about half of it was broken off, and I also noticed leaves and dirt kicked up by the buck and several small drops of blood. I walked several yards farther and came to an old logging road where I found more blood and tracks. I followed the trail down the road, the blood getting heavier all the time, and about 50 yards farther I found him piled up in some brush. I had done it. After 14 years, countless hours and more than my share of close calls, I finally had my first buck taken with a bow, and not only that, but my best buck ever. I knelt beside the buck and admired the long main beams and wide spread. A feeling of elation, excitement and accomplishment flooded over me, and I thanked God for a fantastic hunt and a wonderful trophy. After phone calls to my uncle, my fiancè and my parents, I just sat and admired the buck for a while and tried to take in as much of the moment as I possibly could. It was a memory I’ll cherish as long as I live.

WITH THE HUNTING SEASONS RIGHT around the corner, if you take a buck this year that you think might make Pennsylvania’s record book (115 B&C Club points for archery — including crossbow kills — typical; 135 archery nontypical; 140 typical with a firearm; and 160 nontypical with a firearm), after a 60-day drying period, contact an official B&C measurer to have your rack scored. A list of measurers can be found at www.booneandcrockettclub.com, and the Game Commission has official scorers located at the Harrisburg headquarters and in the region offices. A signed copy of the official score sheet then needs to be sent to: Pennsylvania Big Game Records, PA Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Pennsylvania Big Game Records, a complete list of Pennsylvania big game trophy records has been updated for 2010 and is available for only $5, which includes sales tax, plus $1.25 for s&h. Order from the Game Commission at “The Outdoor Shop,” at www.pgc.state.pa.us, or call 1-888-888-3459 with your credit card.

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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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