Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 48

Another View
By Linda Steiner

As	a	hunter,	reading	sign	is	critical	to	 knowing	what	to	hunt,	where,	when	 and	even	how.	

Making Tracks
“H
EY, those tracks weren’t here when we walked in,” he said. I stopped and looked down. On this preseason scouting trip, we had passed by this muddy spot in the logging road earlier in the day and the turkey track impressions we saw were faint. It had rained the night before, so that wasn’t surprising. But now the mud showed a set of turkey foot imprints that were distinct, clean-edged. “The bird must be right ahead of us,” he added, whispering now. A bend in the trail kept us from seeing more than a few yards forward, but as we continued on, I noticed the turkey tracks seemed to be getting wider spaced. The bird was running. I was a few steps behind and when I caught up, he said, “I think I saw it take off. Down over to the left.” I gazed out over the jumbled treetops of the timber cut, but the turkey must have reached the woods on the other side. So I looked down at the path again, instead, and read the bird’s goodbye. The turkey’s tracks veered toward the edge of the muddy lane, just running on tiptoes. There was one last, partial 3-toed impression, a bit of a final claw scratch, and that was all. It had taken wing. On the hike in, we had stopped to take photos of the old tracks in the mud, because we were so impressed by them. Either a few turkeys had been walking the logging road often or a flock of lots of birds had walked it at least once. So many tracks overlaid each other that I scarcely recognized the crisscross markings for what they were. “I know one spot we’ll have to come back and try for a gobbler,” I said, and he agreed. Spring turkey hunting was soon to start and we put this location down as a high-priority option for the second half, hunt-all-day part of the season. This timber company land, open to the public, is just far enough away we don’t often get there for first light. But if we exhausted our close-to-home spring gobbler prospects, we’d have this “ace” in hand, all because we saw some tracks.
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Bob Steiner

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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
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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