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a while. Just as I was starting to relax, the rooster came boiling out, and I made a lucky crossing shot with my Savage .410 single-shot. Our Lab’s easy retrieve of my first pheasant was anticlimactic. The “Boone & Crockett Club” pheasant had long curving scimitar-like spurs and a 27-inch tail feather, the largest ever tacked to our woodshed. Although current research and habitat restoration projects by the Game Commission, Pheasants Forever and other groups show promise in localized areas, pheasants are not as plentiful in Pennsylvania as they once were. But life continues to change and adapt. The wild turkey, unknown in my boyhood, has returned to our old farm. Now protected with a conservation easement, this farm continues to hold a myriad of wildlife. Who would have predicted 50 years ago that we would currently have much larger populations of turkeys, bears and whitetails in Pennsylvania and across much of the country?

Significantly, those childhood hunting adventures hooked me on wildlife and the outdoors, and helped create a very special closeness with my dad, family and friends. The opportunity to take my dad pheasant hunting in his later years has made me profoundly grateful. On his last hunt, when he was 74, I found a small but promising cover adjacent to an old tractor trail that afforded Dad good access and a clear shooting lane. When the rooster flushed, it seemed like an eternity for Dad to line up, but just as the bird was almost out of range, Dad crumpled it with one clean shot from his 1929 Fox Sterlingworth. Hunting has helped me to understand more of who I really am. Thoreau was right; it guided me to the “most original part of myself.” And with gratitude, I’ve been fortunate to introduce my daughter and other kids to wildlife conservation and hunting. Let us continue this circle.

Trapper’s Tips… Modifying your footholds:

By Dan Lynch

Make no mistake about it: You can catch furbearers by using traps direct from the factory. Many trappers, however, enjoy tweaking their factory-purchased traps, modifying them to improve their efficiency and fit better into their individual needs. Trap modifications often include improving the chain that holds the trap to the anchoring system. Many trappers like to have chains that have individual links, because they usually kink less. Trappers also like to add additional swivels to their chains, to allow an animal such as a coyote, fox or raccoon to spin and roll and still not obtain any leverage like they can on a kinked trap. Some trappers prefer to change traps so the swivel is in the center of the chain, not on one side of the trap. This feature increases the holding ability of the trap. Traps can have their pan screws adjusted to increase or decrease pan pressure. One final modification many trappers choose is to add metal lamination to one or both sides of the trap jaws. This modification increases the surface area of the trap jaws that come in contact with the animal’s foot, which has been shown to increase the holding power of the trap and be more tolerable by the animal.
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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 - 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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Cover3
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