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wind rattles through what are left of the leaves on the trees, and on occasion creates a miniature wind devil that reveals its cyclonic nature as it picks up leaves and deposits them after a whirlwind ride. The stars sparkle like diamonds in the night sky and the Milky Way is easily discerned. The smell of damp earth and rotting leaves after a frosty morning is perfume to those who have been raised on the ridges and mountains of Pennsylvania. It is the smell of damp leaves, gunpowder, hot coffee and wet dogs all mixed together. One can almost taste the air. To the ear there is nothing quite like the sound of the night wind as it blows through the pines. November is the time of cold early morning duck blinds, and treestands; a time to pound ridges for grouse and fields and farmlands for pheasants. The month always holds out the hope for blustery cold days with snow flurries that find the deer traveling all hours of the day and night in the ancient quest to perpetuate their species. November used to be the time that I followed my German shorthair, Summer, on our annual bird hunts. She would drive hard through grape tangles and conifers, birch and creek bottoms, while I would follow watching for her to get birdy, and eventually come to point. We walked miles together, just the two of us, few words spoken, but a dance of November that we both loved to share. She got “intoxicated” with the heady aroma of grouse or woodcock or pheasant, and me “drunk” with the pleasure of watching her do what she was born to do — find birds. At the end of a long November hunt, we would both be content to go home, curl up on the sofa together and fall asleep, dreaming of
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birds taken and birds missed, and of our days spent together. November was all of these things to me and more, until I lost Summer. I still love the weather of the month, the thought of taking a deer or two during the season, and I still love the sound of passing geese on the wing. But truth be told, when I buried Summer in June of 2008, the day before Father’s Day, I buried the best part of November with her, and I think maybe the best part of me as well. She didn’t hunt ducks or deer, only upland birds, and with that part of our November gone, November just doesn’t seem like November anymore. It still has its deer and turkey hunts, and the family gathering at Thanksgiving. It still has its migrating geese and its unpredictable weather. Without Summer, November has lost its heart. That which magnified all of these other things was the ability to share it with her, and with her gone, the intensity of the enjoyment went with her. It just isn’t the same. I think the saddest part for me is the nagging thought that now, at this stage in my life, I fear my best Novembers are behind me. I still look forward to what November offers, but that anticipation will now always be shrouded by Novembers past. I’m not sure how to articulate this more clearly, but it seems to me that one of the hardest lessons in life to learn is that which has potential to bring the greatest pleasure, always harbors within itself the same potential to deliver the most pain. God truly is in the roses and the thorns. Each November will now bring with it the ghost of Novembers past. It truly is the best of times, and the worst of times. November, fickle mistress that she is, constantly reminds us that life, just like the changing months, holds fond memories, as well as painful ones, and you cannot have one without the other. November — no other month carries with it so much change for me.
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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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