Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 64

The Hike Back
GREEN DRAKE HATCH is a new event on the creeks I fish. More accurately, for the first time in my, and a generation’s, angling life, these elegant insects are returning there in numbers. Thanks to hard work from committed people, those streams are healing after a half-century or more of acid drainage from abandoned mines. The bugs sense the sweeter waters and are reclaiming both the stony bottoms and the soft air of May evenings, when the adults emerge, swarming, to lay unknown millions of eggs on the stream of their birth. Trout know it’s happening and approve, so much that leaving the stream as drakes swarm and trout gorge is hard to justify. Their enthusiastic slurping of the big pale flies lasts but a couple of weeks, always as daylight wanes. The consequence, then, of indulgence in this renewal is walking out in the gathering dark. My longest twilight hike, from recovering waters I’ve fished since youth, is through State Game Lands the entire way. Game Lands are not known for their user frills, a condition I like and welcome. No paved path accommodates your boots, no sign points the way, and no electric lamps guide your progress but mar the dusk. Hiking back after fishing is a brief disconnection from the familiar world of vision and light. I applaud the primitive setting yet, paradoxically, its darkness escorts a disquieting edge. It’s silly to feel unsettled. I know the way well, have been over it so many times. The ledges, roots and slopes are just as they are in midday’s glare. Yet, disappointingly, unease seethes, suppressed but stirring. For a while, the stream itself is a guide and companion. Its luminous rapids and chattering voice ground my steps. But where the faint trail climbs and leaves the creek, an unwelcome tautness clutches my shoulders. Brush rattles and my breath girds. An uncertain moment drags on before the white flags of two deer wag off through the woods, easier to see if I look to the side. Confirming their flight brings both relief and disdain for my own agitation. Farther along the treetops erupt in flailing cacophony. My stride falters and I catch a throat full of chilled air. Turkeys, disturbed from their roost, clatter away through the canopy gloom and, again, I rue my strange anxiety. I’ve encountered rattlesnakes and copperheads along this way in daylight, and a friend told of a massive bear that followed him menacingly back to the road at dusk. Do these denizens prompt the misgivings, or is it instead the mere absence of light? Reaching the dirt lot and discerning my truck’s reflective contours is bittersweet. I’m glad to be back. I know it will be bright inside when I open the door. I know the headlights will carve the dark. But a wood thrush’s liquid call rolls out of the woods and there’s a twinge of regret. What if we knew the woods at night better? What if we did not always hurry away?
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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 - Wild Turkey Trivia
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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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 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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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 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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