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thornapple and scrub pine. It was a rabbit’s sanctuary — a place to shake the dog by a series of intricate maneuvers through the goldenrod and briars growing between the thornapple and pine. I knew Tip, though, and was confident he would stay with that rabbit as long as it didn’t hole up, and if it did hole up, Tip would come back and let us know. Sure enough, after 10 or 15 minutes of silence, I heard just the faintest sound of Tip’s bawl. The dog was coming back along the top edge of the woods, and unless I was wrong, it was only a matter of a few minutes before the rabbit would be coming downhill along what had once been the stone wall. I whispered to George, “Get ready.” It was almost a repeat of the first rabbit, except that this one was coming much faster and I used the right barrel instead of the full-choked left barrel. The rabbit tumbled on that same hump of terrain, and again we waited for Tip to come through. “Well,” I said, as I slit the rabbit’s belly from stem to stern, “That’s two of ’em. We’ve got two more to go.” George looked at me, his face a mixed expression of pride and defeat, his lips a pale blue. “We don’t have to get the limit,” he said. “Two’s enough.” I thought about it for a few moments and then said, “Tip has already gone looking for another one, and as long as he’s willing to hunt, we don’t want to disappoint him, do we? Are you cold?” George gave a slight nod, admitting he was cold, and just about that time Tip let out a series of yips indicating he had stuck his nose on a hot one. The entire hollow vibrated with the intensity of his voice, and I saw a slight grin flicker across George’s face. He was cold, but he wasn’t ready to quit. This rabbit ran differently than the
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others — it stayed deeper in the woods, avoiding the edges of Mallory Run and the thornapples and scrub pines at the far end. But when he started coming back along the top edge of the woods, I figured it would turn downhill at the stone wall, and so got back at my original position where I could watch that hump of ground. Minutes later I heard Tip give voice as he turned to follow the rabbit along the top edge at the far end of the woods. I smiled and shifted the Lefever to high port. We waited, letting the seconds stretch into minutes — listening to Tip come across the top edge of the woods, and wondering when the rabbit would come streaking along the stone wall. Then Tip’s voice changed. He had not reached the stone wall, but had turned downhill parallel to the wall, deeper in the woods. The rabbit had come downhill behind us while we were watching that hump of land. We stood there and watched Tip go past us in the woods, 30 or 40 yards away. George looked at me and said, “Can rabbits think?” I didn’t answer him then, but took another position while the rabbit circled, again turning downhill short of reaching the stone wall. The safety slid forward, and when the rabbit came into view, I fed him the left barrel. Then, as I picked the stillsmoking shell from the chamber and stuffed it into my pocket, I told George, “I don’t

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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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 49
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - N1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - N2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Cover4
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