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Jamie Get Your Gun
By Tom Tatum

H

ER EARS told her deer were coming, but Jamie could scarcely believe her eyes when the 8-point with wide, palmated antlers suddenly stepped into view. She held her breath as she raised the heavy-barreled flintlock and waited for the buck to saunter into range. The “rolodex” of coaching advice her son, Justin, had preached to her swirled though her head. They had rehearsed this moment countless times. Now her mind ran through the drill, as she settled the open sights squarely behind the buck’s shoulder and, when the deer casually put its head down, she clicked back the set trigger. She stood there shivering in the December chill, waiting for the buck to make his next move. She hadn’t slept at all the night before, but despite the lack of sleep, her senses were as crisp as the strike of flint on steel. The buck raised his head and turned, offering a wide open broadside shot. Her finger slipped around the primary trigger and, exactly as Justin had instructed her, she gently squeezed. The flintlock boomed and spat fire as the buck disappeared in the ensuing cloud of smoke. A middle-age mother of three, Jamie Branham is hardly your typical mom. While she spends most days teaching science at the local middle school, autumn afternoons and weekends find her stalking the
JAMIE BRANHAM with her buck taken with a flintlock.

wilds of Chester County near her home in New London, in quest of deer and other game. On most of these forays, her then 18-year-old son, Justin, is there to guide her. Although Jamie is a newcomer to the sport, the rest of her family (with the exception of 17-year-old daughter, Katy) has long been steeped in the hunting tradition. Jamie’s husband, Dave, began hunting in his youth, but gave it up until sons Justin and Matt, 21, reached their 12th birthdays and expressed their desire to hunt. With the men in her family all immersed in hunting, Jamie — already an avid angler — decided to learn what so fascinated them about the sport. She was about to find out. After a few earlier miscues during the 2006-07 archery seasons, Jamie finally got a chance at a doe. This time a perfectly placed shot dropped the

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

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010
Contents
Bonds for a Lifetime
Memory Maker
CWD in Pennsylvania —Will it Come?
Eight in ’08
Do It Yourself Dirt Hole Set
A Shot in the Dark
Troy’s First Bear
Jamie Get Your Gun
Tip and the Woods Rabbit
Down to the Wire
November
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Bonds for a Lifetime
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Memory Maker
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - CWD in Pennsylvania —Will it Come?
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Eight in ’08
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Do It Yourself Dirt Hole Set
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - A Shot in the Dark
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Troy’s First Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Jamie Get Your Gun
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Tip and the Woods Rabbit
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Down to the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - November
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Crossings
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