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and flighty. I’m the calmer, more deliberate type. If I was playing another sport, I think I’d be standing at the tee, sizing up the hole, figuring my stance and following through on the swing. I don’t think I’d be bouncing around and keeping loose at the rear of the court, charging ahead and smashing the serve back across the net. The good shotgunners I know have the same fluid body motion that good tennis players have. As the shotgunners keep telling me, they don’t aim, they point. They spray the BBs that come out of the barrel, “like a garden hose,” they say. As they swing the gun, they stay relaxed in arms and back, in legs and shoulders, yet controlled. I watch them and I’m impressed. When I occasionally visit the trap range, I don’t do badly, usually scoring in the mid to high teens and sometimes low twenties. But I know I think too much like a rifle shooter, even with a shotgun in my hands. Moving while shooting seems unnatural, an oxymoron. I get into the flow after a while, into the rhythm of swinging on the clay targets and firing, but I don’t shoot trap enough to be comfortable. My rifle shooting is based on a lack of motion. “Get rock solid” is the advice given me, and that feels right. The target doesn’t move and neither do I. Ideally, at the moment the trigger is squeezed, I am an inanimate object, “at one” with my rifle. I’m all finger pressure and eye intent on an unwavering target center. I think it’s this mental and physical focus, this concentration of my powers and the firearm’s power onto a zero-point that is so attractive to me. Maybe shotgun shooters can “lose” themselves in the shot; I know that rifle shooters do. To reach out across distance and touch one small spot, to “thread the needle” among intervening obstacles and place the projectile precisely is the “romance” of the rifle. I enjoy doing that in deer season, and some of my most memorable shots were long, or at least long to me. Like the 150-yard shot I made on the
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neck of a bedded doe in Cameron County. I had a solid rest, lying on my stomach, braced on my elbows, with my rifle on top of my pack. Or the shots that were closer, but that I didn’t have much to aim at. That’s when I had to trust my rifle’s accuracy and believe I could send the bullet down the narrow tunnel in the branches between me and the deer. Of course, for pinpoint-placing shots on small targets, squirrels rule. The shots aren’t as far as in deer hunting, but what I’m shooting at is tinier. I began squirrel hunting using a 12-gauge shotgun, and although I did fire at some bushytails while they were jumping through the trees, most often it was a case of me letting loose a load of number 5s at stationary game, and not from very far away.

Small-bore Rifles
Not only didn’t I like picking BBs out of the meat, but this wasn’t the sport I was looking for. I had gotten enough shotgundowned squirrels that shooting them that way had become too easy. Then I discovered small-bore rifles for squirrels, first with a Mossberg .22 WMR and then a Ruger .22. The magnum was accurate to a farther distance, but a bit “hot” for squirrels. Seeing a head-shot squirrel tumble, thanks to my rimfire rifle, ranks with the deer kills I’ve made. My various rifles have taken more deer and squirrels than fall turkeys and summer groundhogs, but I’ve enjoyed my share of one-projectile harvests on those game animals, too. My .30-06 hasn’t roared yet on a bear, but I carry it every year and keep hoping. I know shotgunners will disagree with what I’m saying. They might even want to convert me. Maybe they’d say I like the rifle best because I don’t understand their firearm. That I haven’t spent enough time doing with a scattergun what a scattergun does best. That could be. And maybe I need to watch more baseball. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 11
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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