Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 58

Straight from the Bowstring Straight from the Bowstring The Naturalist’s Eye

The Naturalist’s Eye By Tom Tatum By Tom Tatum
By Marcia Bonta By Marcia Bonta By Marcia Bonta

Outfoxing Predators
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OU NEVER KNOW what an October sunrise will bring in the Pennsylvania deer woods. Shortly after 7 a.m. the sound of footfalls somewhere behind me drew my attention, but something just wasn’t quite right. The animal was stepping along with a light, staccato cadence not typical of any deer, but too distinct and heavy to be a squirrel and too quick and precise for a raccoon or opossum. In the end, the pitter-patter of paws signaled the approach of a canid, more precisely, a fat and fully furred red fox. It was late in the season and foxes were legal game. The fox came trotting toward me, nose to the ground, paralleling a fallen beech tree. As it passed within range, I raised my bow and kissed the back of my hand hard enough to emit a sharp chirping sound that froze the ruddy varmint in his tracks. He stood broadside at 15 yards. I had him dead in my sights, all right — there was just one small problem: I had neglected to purchase a furtakers license that year. There’s no telling I would have nailed the clever critter anyway. After all, foxes are notorious for their legendary cunning and razor sharp senses. To outfox one using a bow is a challenge. Most of the fox hunters I’ve known over the years (we’re not talking the “tally ho!” variety here) set out well after dark with shotgun or small caliber rifle in hand, an electronic calling device and an infrared light at the ready. Modern technology gives them a huge advantage under these conditions. But if you’d rather give ol’ Reynard a sporting chance, try to take him on his own terms during daylight hours without the aid of an artificial light or heavy duty batterypowered electronic caller. Incidentally, odds are I never would have launched a successful shot at the fox described at the beginning of this piece even if I had the proper license, because a moment after he stopped in response to my call, I turned ever-so-slightly to get a better view. The sharp-eyed critter caught the movement and dashed away in the blink of an eye. I’ve observed countless foxes roaming the forest in more than 35 years of bowhunting whitetails, and it seems like they’re always on the move. A few chirps from lips on the back of your hand is usually enough to spark their curiosity and bring them within range. Foxes, however, have extraordinary noses and they’re almost always anchored to the ground, as they try to sniff out their next meal. For a
AUTHOR with a red fox taken on an archery hunt. To outfox a fox using a bow is a real challenge.

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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Jamie Get Your Gun
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 26
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Tip and the Woods Rabbit
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Down to the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - November
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Field Notes
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Crossings
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