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THE AUTHOR prefers placing a treestand in an evergreen tree, such as this white pine. The thick cover in front of the stand allows deer to move between farm fields to feed. Note the cleared shooting lane.

of woods about 10 yards from the edge of a large field. In front of my stand is a wild apple tree and downhill to my left, a small creek. For years it seemed to be a “can’t miss” spot because of the allure of the apples. Deer always came up the steep bank from the creek below and headed straight for the apple tree where they would feed on the windfall apples scattered beneath. For more than one buck it was the last apple he ever ate. Several years ago, just before bow season opened, I got what felt like a kick to the stomach when I discovered the apple tree was dead. Not an apple or a leaf remained on the tree, and I was feeling like I lost one of my most prized hunting spots. Opening day was just three days away and because of work I didn’t have much time to scout another spot. I decided to hunt there anyway and then do some additional scouting after the Saturday morning opener. It proved to be a wise decision. To my amazement, a doe and two fawns appeared shortly after shooting light. An hour later two more does and four more fawns showed up. It appeared nothing had changed. I was getting action near a dead apple tree and I began to wonder why? For years, I thought it was the appeal of the wild apples that brought deer in, but I was only half right in my assessment. The apples were a big draw, of course, but on closer evaluation it looked like the deer would most likely come through there anyway because it proved to be a natural travel corridor. Apples or no apples, Old Faithful is deserving of its name and I still hunt the
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spot because I’ve discovered it’s located along a travel route used by deer to move from one field to another. Because there are fields on both sides of the woodlot, the deer, especially the bucks, use the cover provided by the trees and brush to move about undetected. This is the reason when I search for new locations I look beyond the obvious deer trails that are likely used by does and fawns. Bucks like cover and will use any available cover to move from their bedding to their feeding areas as much as possible. Find the way deer move between open fields and you’ll likely discover an excellent hunting location. The area I hunt here in northeastern Pennsylvania is primarily agricultural, so it’s not unusual to see deer out in the open, feeding on clover, alfalfa, corn or other crops. Seeing them is one thing but hunting them can prove difficult. The seemingly obvious choice for placing a stand is somewhere along the field edge, but the wind at a field edge can be tricky. What’s more, arbitrarily putting up a stand without thoroughly scouting the field edge risks the possibility of deer entering the field too far away to get a shot. This is why a stand site away from the field edge is often a better choice. I like putting a stand between where I think deer are likely to come from and their food source. This sounds easy
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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
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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
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