Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 11

Young Gun 2
By Pete Cherok

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ACK IN 2008 I wrote the story “Young Gun,” about my son, Chad, on his first gobbler hunt when he was eight as a mentored youth hunter. What I didn’t mention in the story was that I have a second son, Nate, who is equally excited about hunting and just starting out. Like most families with multiple children, it seems as though the first child gets most of the attention. When Chad was small he would walk in the woods with me on scouting trips, and by the time he was six, he was sitting in the duck blind. When Nate was old enough to go, both boys would tag along. Nate never got the one-on-one time that Chad received, because both boys were always with me when I was outdoors. Chad is now 12 and a junior hunter, while Nate is eight and can participate as a mentored youth hunter. Last July we all went to set up the treestand Chad would use behind our house. Nate provided plenty of input on where it should be located. We settled on a spot where Chad would have a 15-yard shot at deer moving from their bedding area to where they feed on their favorite white oak acorns. Chad practiced all summer with the Bowtec Diamond bow that he bought by selling his Game Boy (another proud moment in my life). He was doing well and was consistent with hitting the kill zone on our archery target at 15 yards. Nate also shot with Chad and me; he has a Matthews compound bow. I could tell he was getting a little frustrated, because the 18-pound bow just couldn’t produce an accurate enough arrow to keep up with his brother. Still, Nate kept with it, even though Chad shined with his new com-

pound set at 38 pounds. Everything was going well until a friendly game of football in the front yard caused Chad’s elbow to twinge with pain. His arm continued to hurt, and my wife ended up taking him to the doctor. I remember when they got home. We were getting a coal delivery when Chad came around the corner with his arm in a cast. I was pretty upset but tried to be positive and hoped there was time for Chad to hit the end of bow season if he got his cast off in time. I mentioned Chad’s misfortune to my buddy, Rick, and he offered the use of his crossbow, something I hadn’t considered. We didn’t even know if Chad could shoot the crossbow, because he had a 90-degree cast from his bicep to his wrist. Rick dropped off the bow and gave us a thorough course on its use, as neither of us had shot one before. Fortunately, Chad could reach the trigger with the cast on, and while he was getting dialed in at 20 yards, Nate showed up. He saw the fun we were having and, of course, asked, “Can I try that?” Nate had always been a good shot with a scoped rifle, and the crossbow had a red dot scope with three dots, for 10, 20 and 30 yards. Nate was right on the money at 10 yards and was soon shooting accurately at 20 yards. He put one right in the bull and then asked if he could go deer hunting. I had been so focused on Chad starting his first archery season that I never even considered that Nate was eligible to hunt as a
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Decisions, Decisions
Hiking the Elk Range
Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Out of the Fog
Looking Forward To
European Skull Mounts
You Never Know
Just Gittin’ Started
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 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 37
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
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