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when the lime first mixes with it. As the water continues downstream the pH balances out at about 6.5, which can support aquatic life. Nearby is a wet area with cattails that naturally does the same kind of filtering work. At the top of the hill is a beautiful stand of mature white pines that was part of the tree planting reclamation process. The pines and other conifers, and larch also supply cool shade during hot summer days along with shelter during the cold winter days. A sign stating “Food & Cover for Wildlife” helps to educate visitors what kind of work the Game Commission is doing to help wildlife. These white pines do well in heavily acidic soil. We take a detour around the stand to search for elk and elk sign in the neighboring food plots. There’s a spoils bank to the side of the road where 25-year-old aspens and larches are growing, reminding me of the coal lands near my home in Schuylkill County. These species adapt well to disturbed sites and do much to regenerate and build soil. The refuse materials in the spoil piles do not contain topsoil, and were removed from the land when it was excavated to reach the coal. We find fresh elk rubs on the larches where the bark is shredded. Bill points out that they must be fresh, as the branches torn from the trunk and lying on the ground have not even begun to wilt. There are seedlings planted in another open area indicating the on-going work of managing the land. At the top of the hill we stop by a large open area and scope out the view. The PGC started to purchase lands on Winslow Hill about 1992, in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Since then, the PGC on its own and in cooperation with many other partners has acquired 3,652 acres. The Dents Run drainage is to our north and the Porcupine Creek drainage is on our right. Right over the hill is the border between the Game Lands and the state
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forest lands, where camping is allowed. In the field nearby, we bend down to examine the material that has been recently spread on the land. When this hillside was strip mined years ago, the very important topsoil was removed. Leftover paper sludge from the Johnsonberg Paper Mill is being spread on these 42 acres, then chisel plowed into the ground. This by-product is high in wood fibers and lime, which is what this acidic soil desperately needs to balance itself. The soil is then seeded with cool season grasses and legumes (such as clover), which the elk and other wildlife prefer. John Dzemyan tells me that in a few places some warm season native grasses are used for cover and some limited feed. The hillsides are green, and although not lush, this byproduct is doing much to improve the poor soil to better provide food for elk and other animals. Another reason these seeded sites are not lush is because the land experienced a drought in the summer of 2011, which delayed the grass growing until late in the fall, but this spring and summer they were expected to thicken up. Most of the sites take a few years to get really lush and to build up roots and turf on what was such a sterile surface left from the old unregulated days of coal mining. A bed of burnt orange, hay-scented ferns is the perfect place to pitch our tent and wait for the evening to descend and the animals to come out. As a misty fog settles over the land the bugling begins. Far off and then close to our camp by Winslow Hill. The full moon rises through the forest, casting long arms like spotlights in a theatre. Coyotes begin to yip — first individually then in an a cappello chorus. I don’t want to sleep. I keep my eyes closed merely to rest them, but I don’t want to miss a minute of
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 43
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 55
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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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover3
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