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Author’s note: We have removed all birdfeeders of any kind from our backyard, because we do not want to encourage bears and their cubs to lose fear of man and, thus, feel free to raid birdfeeders and garbage cans. This invites trouble. Sooner or later it will promote a surprise close-quarter encounter between man and bear in the presence of cubs.

hanging blackberry bush and sat down. Here I was well camouflaged and yet had a full open view of the length of the swath along the side of the cornfield. It didn’t take long, maybe 15 minutes, before two turkeys came from the woods at the far end of the field and picked up kernels of corn knocked loose from the cob by the corn harvester. These turkeys were too far for a certain shot, so I had to bide my time while other turkeys came from the woods to join the first two. I watched those turkeys for several minutes, hoping they would work in my direction, and then it happened. Two turkeys came out of the woods into the clearing not more than 50 yards away, and the little Hornet was ready for one of them. The crosshairs of the Weaver K2.5x scope settled on the juncture of the wing and body as I pressed the trigger. The turkey flattened on the cornstalks, its wings spread, but not so much as a flutter to indicate life. And I was only a half-hour walk from home. Bears are another game animal we used to dream about. Yes, there were bears in Bradford County during those pre-war years, but they were few and far between, and they kept to the big woods, where

there were miles of unbroken timber with beechnuts, acorns and acres of huckleberries for feed. Once in a while during deer season, while hunting near Laquin or on Barclay Mountain, one would sight a bear. But to see a bear in the cultivated area of Bradford County at that time, and shortly after the war, was a rarity, a dream. A few times I went to the Adirondacks in New York to hunt bears, and once to Canada, but other than a single bear in the Adirondacks, I would have seen just as many in my own backyard. Things have changed now. For the past several years we have had bears, often with cubs, in the daytime in our backyard. Late last fall a female with three cubs went through the yard, looking for food to fatten up on before winter. Bear hunting in the cultivated area of Bradford County is now a reality. As I said earlier, I no longer hunt, but I do welcome the change from the time we used to think about such things as turkey and bear hunting in our backyard, to the reality of looking out the kitchen window at a bear at the birdfeeder not 10 feet away. Yes, I still enjoy the old movies about the ivory hunters and the books written by the cape buffalo hunters of the late 1800s. I would like to have been there with a heavy caliber Sharps or Remington rolling block rifle, but that is not to be. I never did get a bear while hunting in the Adirondacks, but if I was to go after one today, it would be in my own backyard or close proximity. 

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
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 - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
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