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While at the camp, Gene made the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the duty of camp game warden. Because there were prisoners in the camp, strict rules on carrying a gun and hunting on the grounds were enforced. In August of 1946, Gene was discharged, and with no place to go, he returned to the orphanage. His grandfather was a barber in York, and Clint Ganster, Roy Trexller and other Game Commission employees were customers. Through his grandfather’s conversations with these men, Gene was urged to apply for work at the Eastern Game Farm near Schwenksville. He applied and was hired. At the time, the farm was raising quail, and Gene got to meet many of the game protectors while delivering birds to their districts. Ever since his days in Wisconsin, Gene had been interested in wildlife law enforcement, and meeting these officers prompted him to become a deputy game protector. In 1947, at 21, Gene took the deputy test and became a deputy for Game Protector Ambrose Gerhart. In 1948, Gene attended a deputy training class at the PGC’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation. It was while serving as a deputy that Gene met his wife, Pat Clark, from Schwenksville. One day a teacher at a school in the area of the game farm made a complaint about a dog, and Gene responded. Several boys at the school who had worked on the game farm during the summer, knew Gene and introduced him to Pat, who was a student at the school. This introduction led to Pat and Gene being married in 1950. The couple had two children, a boy and a girl. In 1950 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was looking for deputies, and friends of Gene from Wisconsin recommended him to the service. Gene was contacted and offered a commis30	

sion as a U.S. deputy game warden and he accepted the offer. That same year Gene applied to become a member of the sixth class to enter the Game Commission’s school. After all of the testing, background checks and physicals had been completed, Gene received a letter stating that he was not accepted, because he was an inch short of the height requirement. Gene was disheartened and thought about turning in his deputy commission, but Jay Gilford and several other full-time officers encouraged him not to resign, and he didn’t. Gene continued working at the Eastern Game Farm until 1953, when he transferred to the turkey farm in Lycoming County. There he was promoted to Game Propagator and, later, in 1960, to Assistant Superintendent. Then, in 1963, Superintendent Kiser retired, and Gene was made Acting Superintendent. In 1964 he was officially given the position of Superintendent. The agency had Gene ship turkeys to Michigan State University, to establish a wild turkey population. Gene also sent turkeys to one of the New England states in return for snowshoe hares forPennsylvania. In 1972, Gene was among 19 men who attended a special class at Ross Leffler. The class attended the school off and on for nearly a year, and upon graduation was given game protector commissions. Twenty-five years after his first job with the Game Commission, Gene finally realized his goal. He sure was glad he didn’t quit when he had been turned down for the sixth class. As Gene was telling me this I remembered a Bible verse. “The race is not won by the swift but to those who keep on running.” No one can guarantee success or foresee how their life will turn out, but Gene sets a good example for anyone striving to meet a goal. In 1977, Ralph Britt, who was the Chief of Propagation in the Harrisburg office retired, and Gene was promoted to a newly formed position as the Assistant Director
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
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 - March 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
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