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slowly turned to see the dark shapes of turkeys marching through the low barberry brush. While imagining what it would be like to take a turkey with a bow, I counted as many as I could see. One, two, three birds and then they were gone. I pulled out my wingbone call and gave three short, soft yelps. The birds half circled up the hill and came into a small weedy clearing next to the field, about 65 yards away. Binoculars revealed alerted heads turning, trying to figure out where the yelping had come from. For a moment I thought they might head my way but, instead, they walked single file out into the recently harvested sorghum field. The setting sun backlit all seven of the turkeys in their bronze glory as they moved slowly across the field. Due to brush and weeds I could not determine the sexes of the big birds before they vanished as quickly as they’d appeared. I sat contemplating why I hadn’t decided to hunt turkeys with the turkey gun that my best friend had given me the previous summer. Daydreaming about the .22 Magnum/20-gauge over/under, which I’d been anxious to hunt with, my thoughts were broken by the crashing of small limbs high in a treetop. A fat gray squirrel scurried down the trunk of a pine tree. It scampered along the ground and around the tree trunks, and I watched it until it went out of sight. Suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, songbirds were all around me. Tufted titmice, chickadees, Carolina wrens and a lone hermit thrush came close. I’ve often been amused by the fearlessness of these little birds when
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they encounter visitors in their woods. By this time it was nearly 5 o’clock and the sun was sinking fast. All was quiet again, except for the traffic. Fifteen minutes later I heard a faint snap in the distant, dim pine woods. I visualized either a fox or a deer walking around in there, but when I heard nothing else, I figured maybe a limb had fallen and gave it no further thought. Daylight was fading quickly on the east side of the hill, and I finally decided there wasn’t enough light for me to make a clean 20-yard shot. I took off my shooting release and the arrow, attached my quiver to the bow, and readied my tow rope in preparation for descent. But then, suddenly, I heard the familiar sound of deer footsteps in dry leaves. I looked toward the thick brush 40 yards behind me and caught the glimpse of an antler coming straight at me. Knowing there was still four minutes of hunting time, I was torn between the thoughts of darkness and the buck coming into a better lighting situation closer to me. I tried to get my release back on quietly and an arrow nocked. I managed to get the velcro strap release on, but it was a noisy job. Within a split second the big buck had headed up the trail and was beneath my stand, less than seven yards away. There was no time to take an arrow from the quiver. It all happened so fast — no time to even count points. All I could comprehend was the big, thick rack, at least 10 points, very wide and high, and the large, muscular body with swollen neck. He stopped and looked up at me, with his massive rack sweeping skyward in one quick motion as we made eye contact. I could even see a small glimmer in his eye. At that point I knew that taking a shot wouldn’t have been the right thing to do. An alerted deer jumping the string and
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - 47
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - N1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - N2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2010 - Cover4
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