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popped the cap and locked down the tab, and it began to fog. I don’t know if I pressed the tab too hard, because as I placed the can on the ground, the bomb stopped fogging and began to shoot liquid like a water gun. Perhaps it was a dud. Confused, I let it go and climbed into the stand. It wasn’t long before the sun broke the horizon and the woods came alive. A crow roosting in a nearby tree almost scared me off the stand when it began calling. The squirrels were scurrying, causing a ruckus in the crisp leaves, and I swear whenever two of them sprint through the woods chasing e a c h o t h e r, I think i t ’s a deer. The first deer showed up around 7:45. There were three, a doe and two fawns. I glassed them for a while as they made their way within 30 yards of the stand before feeding up over the hill. I wasn’t surprised that there wasn’t a buck. I had hunted this stand many times during the rut to know that the buck movement usually doesn’t happen until the late morning. This was evident last year when I experienced the best and worst day of archery hunting in my life. It was in this same stand on the last Friday of the season. Notice a pattern here? I’m glad the deer don’t. Anyway, in short, around 10 a.m. I shot four arrows at three different 8-points within 20 minutes. Due to a bad case of buck
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fever and an overhanging tree branch, my tag remained empty. That is all I want to say about that day. On this day the first buck made his way through around 9:30. He was a nice 8-point, not a huge mature deer, but he met my minimum standard for my first buck with a bow. I first noticed him sneaking through the pines about 20 yards away. I grabbed the bow and grunted. He didn’t even break stride as he walked away from my position. The saplings and underbrush were too dense for me to even consider “threading the needle” for a shot. He stopped at the top of the hill and I grunted again. No reaction. I grunted one more time. He looked in my direction, put his head down as if he was going to investigate, and turned and meandered over the hill. My heart sank as the adrenaline shakes took over my body from my first close buck encounter of the day. About an hour and a half later, I was trying to figure out why the bottom of my feet were so cold. They were almost numb, not my toes, but the bottoms of my feet. My thoughts were interrupted by a buck grunt off to my left. I grabbed the bow and grunted back. He immediately responded with another grunt. I didn’t have a visual on him, but I could tell that he was a young deer by the tone of his grunt. He continued to circle around and he started to emerge from the pine thicket
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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
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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
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