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half an hour, feeding on acorns. Turkey sightings that morning were zero. I did see some in the afternoon, though. I sat in my blind and watched two different flocks wander past me about 50 yards out — my call back in the truck and my bow hanging on a branch beside me. But even back when things were simpler, I couldn’t seem to get it right. I always saw the biggest bucks while small game hunting, and saw loads of small game while deer hunting. I could cover every square inch of woods in grouse season and rarely flush one. And when one would go out, it would dodge and weave and put a tree or bush in my way so all I could do was smile and wish it luck. But when I was deer hunting they would flush in the open woods and fly straight away from me. They obviously saw me carrying a rifle and felt safe. If I had a top 10 list of my best buck sightings in the woods while hunting, all 10 would be in a season other than deer season. I saw three true wallhangers one summer while groundhog hunting, and three different bucks (equally as impressive) the very next day in a completely different location. One other time we were hunting the fields for rabbits and ringnecks on the Saturday after Thanksgiving when, out of what was no more than 2-foot high
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grass, jumped the nicest buck I’d ever seen on the mountain. He ran about 30 yards, stopped and looked back at us. From where he stood I could look 80 yards across the field and see my deer stand. You can bet that all that season my eyes were riveted on that spot in the field, but he never showed again. Years ago I was squirrel hunting on a pristine Indian summer afternoon. The rut was just heating up and I was working my way across the face of a steep ridge on a dual mission — still-hunting for squirrels and scouting for a suitable spot for a deer stand. A commotion above me caught my attention and it turned out to be two 8-points, bumping heads at first, then sparring lightly and then getting downright serious. They were all over the side of that ridge in the dry leaves, busting off points and making more noise than a herd of elephants. In fact they were making so much racket and were so focused on running each other out of the county that they had no idea I had slipped in on them. They eventually wore themselves out, and once they moved off I found a spot to sit and saw two more 8-points passing through. I remember thinking as that fourth buck melted into the laurel that I had found the spot I was looking for. The side of that ridge turned out to be a great spot to put a stand, and the ground blind that I used there
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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
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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 - 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 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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
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