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LIGHTWEIGHT waterproof gloves will keep hands dry and allow for a good grip on a rainslicked bow.

in scouting for his next hunt or for still-hunting or stalking on the current one. The full benefits of hunting a light snow can be reaped only after the storm front has passed. Hunting during such a snowfall, depending on the intensity of the precipitation, has a greater downside. Deer will most likely be bedded down and not moving. They’ll also be shrouded with snow themselves and harder to see while the air is full of the fluffy white stuff. If you do manage a shot and a bad hit, any blood trail and tracks will soon be obliterated. Given these negative factors, it’s best to wait until the snowfall ends before heading out. A thick, heavy snow is a different story. Half a foot of fresh snow or more will generally keep me out of the woods and home on the couch watching the Outdoors Channel. For one thing, a long hike to your stand under these conditions, particularly over rough terrain, can be exhausting and downright dangerous. Why risk injury or a potential heart attack battling a bulky blanket of snow or, in the unlikely chance that you arrow a deer, attempting to drag it out? Deep snow cover will also keep deer movement to a minimum, as they yard up and try to conserve energy. For my money, a bowhunting foray into the deer woods under these conditions is just not worth the effort until conditions (and significant melting) improve. Wind Wind is seldom an ally of the bowhunter, but it’s a good friend to the deer. Even the slightest breeze can carry your scent and alert animals you can’t even see. How many times have you heard the distant snorting of an alarmed deer off in the woods? Check the wind. Odds are it was
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blowing in that direction from your stand. While high, swirling winds won’t carry your scent to the deer’s nose as effectively as a light breeze, they pose other problems. High winds impede a deer’s hearing and tend to make all but the most rut-crazed bucks very spooky and inclined to sit tight until the air calms. On the other hand, for the hunter who abandons his stand and begins slinking along the forest floor, trying to glimpse a deer, wind and the noise it generates give you somewhat better odds. When gusting winds get strong enough to significantly sway the tree in which my stand is mounted, I figure it’s time to call it quits for the day. Not only can a swaying stand compromise any shot attempts, the hazards presented by falling, rotted trees and dead branches, particularly in mature woodlands, is a real concern. Another worry high winds cause is in the case of a soaking rainstorm, which can soften the ground surrounding the root system of the tree where your stand is perched. Strong, blustery winds often follow such a deluge, and when you add the power of the wind to the burden of your own body weight under these conditions, even a healthy tree can succumb to the stress and send you tumbling painfully, or even fatally, to the ground. Barometric Pressure Awareness of barometric pressure
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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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
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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 - 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
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
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