Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 64

Lock, Stock & Barrel The Shooters’ Corner

Seein’ Snow
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HE WHITE-HAIRED HUNTER winked, chuckled and said, “Sonny, where’d you ever come up with that term? It’s called tracking snow, not seein’ snow.” Without uttering a word, my father shot me a cold, hard glance that emphatically said, “Don’t you dare talk back to him.” Looking back, I doubt if I could have changed the oldtimer’s way of thinking, anyway. From early to mid-November each year, if you travel within a circle of hunters, you’re bound to hear some variation of the question, “Think we’ll have a tracking snow for deer season?” Considering whether snow in deer season is a seein’ snow or a tracking snow is akin to the age-old quandary of which came first, the chicken or the egg? To my way of thinking the answer is clear — seein’ snow and chickens come first, tracking snow and eggs follow. With the exception of snowshoe hares and ermines, there’s hardly a critter in Penn’s Woods that cannot be seen more easily against snow. Most of us have experienced this scenario. You hunt from your favorite stand on a wet, snowless day and see few if any deer. Overnight, a blanket of snow covers the ground — a dusting or a half foot doesn’t matter. The following day, hunting from the same stand, you see far more deer than the day before, leaving you wondering how many slipped past you the day before. A good seein’ snow makes all the difference. Granted, a few hunters stealthfully follow deer tracks in snow until they can eventually get a shot. A friend of mine hunts deer in the vast Hammersley Wild Area of Potter County. Sometimes he’ll walk day after day without crossing a single set of boot prints. When he finally cuts the tracks of what he believes is a buck, he follows them, watching far ahead for the movement of brown against white. In his case, he uses snow for both tracking and seein.’ Typically, though, deer are pushed into a waiting hunter by other hunters. Or, a hunter successfully positions himself between a deer’s feeding and bedding areas or near an escape route. In none of these cases does tracking snow really matter; it’s seein’ snow that counts. Tracking snow normally comes into play when you’re following a blood trail or tracks after you’ve shot at a deer. Crimson stain on white snow is undeniable proof that your aim was true. Whether it was a killing shot or not will play out during the tracking process. Some might argue that the difference between a tracking snow and a seein’ snow is moot. And to be honest, in conversation with other hunters, more often than not I do say tracking snow. Once in a while, though, I’m 13 again and use the term seein’ snow just to arouse some interest. But now that I’m 40 years older — and, I hope, wiser — it’s fun to debate how a seein’ snow and chickens are a lot alike.

By Gregg Rinkus

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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?
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Eight in ’08
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Troy’s First Bear
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Jamie Get Your Gun
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Tip and the Woods Rabbit
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Field Notes
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