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same time, usually toward the end of October, and among us kids was as much anticipated as Christmas morning. Once small game opened, it stayed open until the Saturday before buck season, except for a brief respite for the first couple days of Thanksgiving week for bear season. The archery popularity explosion hadn’t hit yet, so only a handful of hunters had that option complicating their choices. Somewhere along the line turkeys entered the mix, but they were never a big deal for us as kids because turkeys didn’t supply as much action to hold our attention as small game did. Turkeys were really scarce back then, and it just killed me when hunting them to have to sit there and watch squirrels frolic all around when they knew I couldn’t shoot at them. I have no idea how they knew, but they did. The only turkeys I ever shot at were ones I happened to stumble onto while small game hunting. They were so huge they were intimidating when they exploded from cover, and they would rattle me so badly that half the time I never even got off a shot. And when I did I rarely ruffled so much as a feather. They were too big to miss, but somehow I consistently managed to do just that. Things changed a bit in the mid-’60s, when an “early” small game season was instituted prior to the regular season. It was two weeks of exclusively squirrel and grouse. I loved that season, partly because it gave me two more weeks to hunt, but mainly because I could relax and pursue my first love, squirrel hunting, without the concern that I was missing all the action of chasing rabbits and ringnecks. During that earlier start for squir4	

rels, the first light would find me set up under an oak or hickory tree, and I would stay in the woods till darkness forced me to quit. On my more successful days, once I had five bushytails in the game bag, I became reluctant to take a sixth, as I didn’t want to limit out and have to quit early. I found out from that practice that squirrels can count pretty well, too, at least up to six. Once I had that fifth one in the bag, word would somehow get out (through the grapevine?), and the rest of the squirrel population would (literally) come out of the wood work and start frolicking again. During those two weeks of squirrel and grouse season I would celebrate the end of almost every day in the woods with my back to a tree. To my way of thinking, there’s no better way to unwind from a hectic day than watching the sun sink in the west as the shadows lengthen and daylight slowly fades. With many overlapping seasons today, there are days that I go to the mountain with one container loaded with archery gear in the back of my truck and another container with turkey gear. Sometimes I don’t decide what I’m going to hunt until I actually get there, get out of the truck and hope something jumps out at me (an idea, not an animal). And, of course, Murphy’s Law usually rules the day. Give me more than one option and I’ll pick the wrong one every time. Like the day several years ago when I parked on the ridge top just after daybreak and immediately saw turkey scratchings everywhere. That decision was an easy one, but it was the wrong one. I geared up for turkey, walked several hundred yards out the ridge and set up. I started seeing action almost immediately — deer. Among an endless parade of does, I saw two legal bucks (one a definite shooter). Like the old joke goes, “When my ship came in, I was at the airport.” The shooter, a nice 8-point, remained within bow range for close to
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 15
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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 33
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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 56
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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - BB1
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover3
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