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DRESSING appropriately for varying weather conditions throughout the season will allow a bowhunter to get the most from his or her time afield.

polypropylene that serve to wick moisture away from the skin. Boots constructed of waterproof and insulated material are also essential. One example is the ever-popular Muck Boot. Made of self-insulating and waterproof CR-foam construction with a breathable, insulated lining, these lightweight boots are designed to keep your feet warm in subfreezing conditions. Another good choice is the Duck Boot constructed of leather with a thermoplastic rubber bottom and insulated with polyester. As added protection from the cold, chemically activated packets from Grabber and Hot Shots can be slipped into pockets and boots and last as long as 10 hours. Several companies also offer electric socks and gloves that provide warmth as long as the batteries stay fresh. One final caveat here about winter wardrobe: be sure to practice shooting your bow under field conditions and while fully decked out in your cold weather attire. This way you can iron out any glitches you might discover before you arrive at that moment of truth when afield. Once you’ve outfitted yourself with a top-of-the-line cold-weather wardrobe from head to toe and it’s time to go hunting out on the frozen tundra, there are a few critical cold weather aspects to consider when planning your line of attack. When you head out into the woods, take your time, especially if you have a lot of distance to cover. If you break a heavy sweat, there will be chilly consequences no matter how
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much moisture wicking wear you have clinging to your body. It’s also a good idea to wear loose-fitting rather than tight-fitting gloves and boots that allow enough room to comfortably wiggle your fingers and toes. Staying absolutely motionless for long hours on stand in harsh, sub-freezing temperatures isn’t feasible or smart. To fight the cold and the numbness it can bring, periodic flexing of fingers, toes, arms and legs is critical to keep the circulation going. Of course, if you are fortunate enough to have a spacious, permanent treestand with a built-in portable space heater, you’ve already found an ideal way to fight the cold and the wardrobe you select becomes of secondary importance. PreciPitation When we think of weather in the most basic of terms, the forecast expression used most often is probably “rain or shine.” Bowhunters generally have no problem dealing with the “shine” part of the equation; it’s the rain alternative that becomes problematic. Like most hunters from my generation, given my druthers, when there are heavy rains, I’d prefer to stay indoors until the storm front passes. Rain creates challenges for the bowhunter and potential safety hazards as well. It’s been my experience that deer hunker down in a downpour and become active once the storm passes, so why go out in the woods and get drenched when you can wait for the skies to clear and the deer to get moving again? One answer to that last question, of course, is the rut. Rutting bucks have one thing in mind and aren’t about to let a few cloudbursts deter them. Another answer is the bowhunter’s schedule. If you have only a few days to hunt because of work or other obligations,
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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
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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
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 - 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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