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search out locations of shooting activity. One of my deputies provided a few likely spots, and I found a blind in a cleared area with some hawk shooting paraphernalia. The blind was not occupied but showed signs of recent use. It was located on the Blue Mountain, east of Route 645, on the north slope. I returned the next day, concealed my vehicle and went to the site, which was again vacant. About that time, though, I heard several shots west of the highway, and because there was nothing in season at that time, I went to investigate. As I walked out the Appalachian Trail on the top of the mountain I heard a chainsaw. After a short walk I came upon a vehicle, and my first thought was that I had come upon a logging operation (there was a fairly open area to the north of the trail). When I looked in the rear window of the vehicle, I knew I had found my shooters. I spotted a lot of ammunition, owl and crow decoys, and other equipment on the floor. Where were the shooters, though? It was then that I noticed movement behind a pile of brush (their blind) and because it was so close, I thought they had seen me. Although I was not in uniform, my first thought was that I had blown it. As I found out later, they had not seen me and didn’t notice me until I was within a few feet of their blind. I also learned the sound of the chainsaw was the clearing of more brush in their shooting lanes, but this was not their primary shooting site. I identified myself and the color drained from their faces. That’s how I met Jack and Dan. They were both armed with 12-gauge pump shotguns (unplugged), and there
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were several cases of No. 4 shotshells in the blind. I asked what they were hunting and they stammered they were hunting crows. Dan had a call hanging around his neck and when I examined it I saw it had “hawk call” printed on the barrel. They had no explanation for this. As I also learned later, they were not good shots, and a check of the area produced no dead hawks. There was not much I could do except charge them with a few minor violations (unplugged shotguns and failure to display hunting licenses), but it was all I had. They grudgingly admitted they might have been hunting hawks, but I had shown them the error of their ways and they would never do it again. Jack and Dan were businessmen whose businesses were such that they had plenty of time to hunt legally and otherwise. Both are now deceased. Dan was not the worst violator I ever met, and under different circumstances he could have become a friend. He

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Squirrel Hunting Disease
Five Drives on Saturday
Two Merchants of Death
Family Tradition
High Tech Grouse Finds
The Future of Traditional Archery
Brunswick Barbeque
Whitetail History 101
Finally
Five Generations, One Gun
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Squirrel Hunting Disease
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Five Drives on Saturday
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Two Merchants of Death
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Family Tradition
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - High Tech Grouse Finds
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - The Future of Traditional Archery
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Brunswick Barbeque
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Whitetail History 101
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Finally
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Five Generations, One Gun
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - BB1
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Cover3
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