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More intriguing than the 2½ tons of acorns per acre oaks can produce is a loose harmony that has evolved among the different oaks themselves and the wild things that reap their bounty.

Red Oak, White Oak
By Ben Moyer
artwork by mark anderson

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ERE IT ALL TO happen at once, the earth might quake all the way to Pittsburgh’s Point. From early September through October, acorns fall from oaks all across the Allegheny ridges. Healthy acorns can weigh as much as nine grams each — a pound or so to the 50-count. When oaks seed abundantly, as they do in loose cycles of several years, an acre of trees can push out a quarter-million nuts. Rough math tells you that, in those autumns, 21/2 tons of starchy seeds rain down on every acre of oak woods soil. Acorns, when abundant, dump a flood of carbohydrate into the food chain. If you hunt for your meat you can see, even feel, the metabolic payoff this plenty affords. One October morning I killed a deer on a bench of white oaks above the Youghiogheny River. I’d watched the deer feeding for a long time before I shot. It nuzzled through the leathery fallen leaves and lipped acorns into
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Besides being less appealing, at least initially, acorns of red oaks are also more nutritious.
its mouth, then lifted its head to chew while the eyes scanned the woods. I could hear the strong cusps grinding even as fragments fell and pattered on the leaves beneath. So many acorns littered the ground that the deer did not need to step ahead to find more. It stood as if anchored, and nuzzled, lipped, ground and swallowed, time and again. Later, after I’d hung the deer in my shed to cool, its hide pulled off with a clean crackly sound and left a waxy feel on my fingers. Under the hide, dense white fat encased the doe’s sides and back, sheathed two inches thick across the saddle and hams. Even my skinning knife was slick with fat, bouncing the lantern light off its greasy blade.
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 33
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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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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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