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Then one afternoon after practicing, Josh came to me with a treestand. “Whoa,” I said, “what is that thing for?” He replied that he doubted I could stalk close enough to a deer or a bear to hit it with my crossbow. I hadn’t thought of that. I stewed on this bit of wisdom for a few days and finally bit the bullet. I climbed into the stand. I practiced for a week from that stand. Josh would move the target to different angles and distances until I was comfortable shooting and knowing my range. I still doubted that I would have the patience to sit in the thing. It was actually hard for me to look at that contraption and see it as a vital piece of hunting gear. As the season got near, Josh had placed my stand at a crossing of three well-worn trails. The trails led from a laurel thicket to our alfalfa field above. The deer, I knew, bedded in the thicket by day and then moseyed their way to the fields at dusk. So, I sat in my stand. And I sat, and I sat, tensely, waiting for something to happen. This is nuts, I thought. Then, suddenly, four does

appeared from the laurel and walked right under my stand. Four does so close I could count their eyelashes. So close I could hear their breathing. So close I could smell them. So close I realized I was holding my breath the whole time they sauntered past. My heart was pounding, and my palms were sweaty. Not once had I even thought to get ready to take a shot. It was a great new experience that day. I finally learned to relax and enjoy the show. I enjoyed the breeze that carried the autumn smells; I enjoyed the sounds of the chipmunk burying acorns and the turkeys scratching under the grapevines. I enjoyed the squirrels at eye level, and the rosy and purple hues of the setting sun casting its last shadows. It was a whole new world opened up to me because I had finally taken a stand. 

Trapper’s Tips…

By Dan Lynch

Using a backpack on the trapline
There are many devices out there for trappers to carry all of their essential trapping gear. Five gallon buckets, tool bags and old milk crates are commonplace on many trappers’ lines. For the past few years I have been incorporating an old Army style backpack to carry almost all of my gear while setting my traps. I find that the backpack has multiple compartments that make separating things like lure, from digging tools, sifters and the different types of pliers that I carry an easy task. The part I like best is that it leaves both of my hands free to carry traps, a walking stick or any animals I catch back to my vehicle while still having all of my tools with me at the same time. Although this backpack eventually takes on many of the smells associated with trapping, I have designated it as a trapping backpack only and don’t worry about using it for hunting, hiking or camping.
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http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/920435/trapper's_tips_pdf

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
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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 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
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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 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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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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