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learn the terrain and scout for game as we go, and this can be a slow and frustrating process. Some years ago, another friend, Mark, visited his father in Kentucky, during the bow season. A large national forest was nearby, so Mark took his bow and bought a nonresident license. A good woodsman, Mark, quickly found a “super-hot scrape,” he told me. “I figured it was a huge buck,” he said. “He’d ripped up saplings and rubbed and gouged the trees all around. I figured I’d get him sure enough.” Mark put up his treestand and was in it diligently. In the morning he was there. Evening he was there. He was salivating for the monster, so he was patient. Finally his vacation and his hunt were over. Mark said on that last day, as he returned to his car, a conservation officer stopped. Mark chatted with him, and the officer asked how his bowhunting had gone. Mark said he hadn’t done any good, adding jokingly, “Where’d the big buck go?” “Did y’all see that bloody mark down the road apiece?” the officer drawled. “That was him.” The buck had been killed on the road the day before Mark began hunting there. It hadn’t rained since he arrived, so the scrape, still pockmarked with hoof prints, looked pretty fresh. The locals had quit hunting there, because they knew. They had local knowledge. Mark didn’t. “He was a big’un, too,” the officer added. When I’m fortunate enough to find someone with local knowledge, sometimes the instructions I’m given are general. “Go

up on that ridge. Plenty of acorns there this year and the deer have been in after them.” I don’t necessarily need to be guided to the exact spot to take a stand. I’ll figure that out for myself. But even a little guiding can save me from climbing the ridge and finding out there is no mast crop this year. At other times the local host’s directions are specific. “Walk out this trail until you come to the patch of hemlocks. Follow the hemlock edge until you get to the stone wall. About 50 yards along it, you’ll find an opening. That’s where the deer will come through when we put the drive on. We’ll give you a half hour, and then we’ll start to push through.” When the drivers arrive, you had better be right where you were told to go. Not only is following directions on a drive important for safety’s sake, but as a stander you are being placed in the best location to get the game that local knowledge can provide. “Gee, it looked better over there,” is a lame excuse when you decided to not stand at the opening in the stone wall, but a couple hundred yards away. Especially when the drivers pushed a buck that would have been right in your lap, if you had trusted your guide. No one wants to push out a thicket, getting scraped and stabbed in the process, only to find the hunter they’ve done that for is nowhere in sight. Fail your guide like that once and you probably won’t get the chance again. Why? Because the rest of the saying, “Trust Your Guide” is “And Your Guide Will Trust You.”

COVER PAINTING

BY

MARK ANDERSON

“PA 1931.” The eastern hemlock was designated the official state tree in 1931. It was important to early settlers for building homes and as a source of tannic acid made from its bark for tanning leather. It was also in 1931 that the ruffed grouse was designated the official state bird. A better representative would be hard to find, as the grouse is considered by many wingshooters to be the “king of the uplands.” Signed giclee reproductions of “PA 1931” are available from the artist. Image size is 14"x18" for $95. Price includes delivery. Order from Mark Anderson, 348 Deer Creek Valley Road, Tarentum, PA 15084. Check or money order only. For more information email, mark@mcgand.com

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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
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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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