Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 6

Memory Maker
Story and artwork by Marie G. Brummett

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T WAS THAT TIME of autumn when every mammal and bird I enjoy hunting is in season, but when it’s also difficult to decide what to hunt and how to prepare for hunting. My two vizslas and I especially enjoy pheasant hunting, but it’s just not possible to hunt game birds with dogs and bowhunt for deer simultaneously. Decisions, decisions. Due to the four part-time jobs I hold, I don’t have a lot of time to hunt, but I do manage to get out for a few hours here and there. A friend’s 100-acre farm is one of my favorite places to hunt and I’ve seen plenty of wildlife there over the years. The landscape is diverse and interesting. A main county road divides the farm and there are crop fields, springs, creeks, swamps, hardwoods, pine woods and thick brush on terrain that varies from flat land to hilly slopes and steep ravines. During the first week of archery season I saw five deer within two hours. A doe posed broadside, only 12 yards from my treestand, but I passed up the opportunity on the juvenile deer. Taking a shot just didn’t feel right, knowing plenty of bigger deer were around. Besides, watching her parade around, browsing and scratching with her hoof, was fun to see. Such things are the good stuff in life. Venison is a staple in my diet, and I try to have it on hand. Deer steaks for summer cookouts taste just as great as stew on a cold winter day. Considering that the previous year’s supply was getting low, and bowhunting is one of my passions, I decided to bowhunt for deer on this particular crisp, fall afternoon — but I took a turkey call along in case turkeys were nearby. The nice weather on this 6th day of November, sunny and 48 degrees, inspired
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me to put my gear in the truck and head over to the farm. I arrived at 2:15 and decided to take my climbing treestand to an easily accessible area fairly close to the barn. Up a wooded hillside I went, then across a sorghum field and into the woods near the corner of the field. Converging deer trails, rubs and scrapes were all around the small field at the top of the hill. The surrounding woods consisted of brushy areas with coniferous and deciduous trees with plenty of acorns. A fairly straight Virginia pine overlooking the field seemed perfect for my stand. Once I was in the tree I anchored the stand and sat comfortably with my safety harness on. After wrapping an orange band around the tree, I carefully hoisted up the bow with the tow rope, detached it, removed and hung the quiver, put on my facemask, gloves and release, and then began to revel in the joys of the lovely afternoon. I’m always amazed at the difference between the views from an elevated stand and the ground. Treestands offer a much better picture of the surroundings, as well as allowing more shooting opportunities. By 3 o’clock I was ready to hunt. Surprisingly, there was little activity. The usually plentiful songbirds, chipmunks and squirrels seemed nonexistent. The droning of late afternoon Friday traffic on the busy road below was much louder than I had anticipated. For an hour, I wondered if perhaps I should have set up elsewhere. A slight crunching noise about 45 yards below me got my attention. I
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 45
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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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