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Spitting snow was the weather and underfoot was a glaze of ice. It was so cold that in the woods the frozen leaves and sticks were more than ever like walking on “potato chips and pretzels,” as one of us said. The logging roads were slick with ice, but the going was quieter than off them. So that’s where we mostly walked, splitting up and still-hunting or taking a stand while the others walked around. The snow sifted down and covered but didn’t relieve the underfoot crispness in the leaves. The tiny, dry flakes also began to dust the icy logging trail, which didn’t make walking easier. It did, however, reveal tracks. Tracks showed a deer had come up onto the trail ahead of me. I gripped my rifle and watched more intently as I moved forward. I’m no track-reading expert, but I’ve seen enough that I knew these were “smoking” fresh. The deer didn’t know I was behind it;

the tracks wandering from one side of the logging road to the other said so. The trail twisted and ran up slight grades, so a new view ahead was opening up to me almost every moment. My heart was thumping. I followed the deer’s tracks for what seemed like half a mile. Then the hoof marks climbed up through a clearcut on my left. I tried to follow. Crunch. Crack. I backed down to the quiet-walking road again quickly. My only hope was to follow the logging lane and hope for the best. Maybe the deer would cross ahead of me or I’d spot it to the side. In the end I never saw and didn’t get the deer I had been scant minutes, no, I felt, scant seconds behind, but I’d had an exciting hunt. I had to smile in spite of not getting a shot. I’d thought this was going to be a boring hunting day … and then I saw tracks. 

Trapper’s Tips… Using pan covers:

By Dan Lynch

Trappers have been placing traps under the dirt for many years. These sets may be used to convince a bobcat or fox that there is some food item buried in a hole or that the stick that was dipped in lure and sticking out of the ground was previously visited by another animal. Either way, the trapper has hidden a trap under the dirt near these holes or sticks and the idea is to get the animal to step near the bait or lure and get caught. The problem with using dirt to cover the traps is that it can get pushed under the trap pan and keep the trap from firing when the animal steps on it. To combat this, a trapper has many options available to keep dirt and small pebbles from getting under a pan. Some trappers like to put something on top of the pan called a pan cover. These items can be purchased, such as pre-shaped thin mesh wire covers, or a trapper can simply put a piece of unscented toilet paper or tissue over the pan. Cutting small squares of wax paper a little larger than the trap pan also works. Just make sure you crumble the wax paper up first and then straighten it out and cover the pan. If it is crumbled first it is much quieter when an animal steps on top of it. Some people like to put an item under the pan instead of on top of it. Try using fiber-fill, which is unscented and does not collect water. It is used to stuff homemade dolls or stuffed animals and sold at craft and hobby shops. You can also try some crumbled up leaves or go with pre-made products sold at many trapper’s supply shops or websites. Whichever method you choose, take some time to keep dirt and other items out from under your trap pans and you will increase your success and fun on the line.
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
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