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bird license; however, a federal duck stamp is not required. Within this category of birds, hunters are most likely to encounter common snipe and American coots. More information on these secretive marsh birds is available on the PGC website by clicking under “Wildlife” and then “Wildlife Notes.” Snipe Snipe may be confused with the more popular woodcock, for the birds are somewhat similar in appearance and habitats: wet shrubby meadows, swampy pastures, and areas of shallow water with low, sparse vegetation. Snipe are often found in more open habitats than woodcock, although moist soils are key to finding either bird. Snipe have been described as “good eating and tough shooting.” They fly quickly and erratically, zigzagging away with a harsh scaipe call. Snipe normally flush into the wind, so it’s best to hunt with the wind at your back. Though they can be widespread throughout our state in autumn as singles or small groups, they are most likely to be found in the marshes and swamps in the northwest.

CootS The coot is a common migrant and winter resident. It’s a dark, chicken-like bird with a bone-white bill and frontal plate. Coots are often associated with deeper water wetlands, where they dive and dabble like ducks or rest in groups on the open water. In fall and winter, coots may be found in large rafts, numbering hundreds of birds, on open lakes and ponds in nearly any part of the commonwealth. Coots can be hunted incidentally as they swim into a duck decoy set up, or hunters can target them specifically by working them into a “pinch,” where a hunter sets up at one end of a small body of water while another hunter drives the coots toward his waiting partner. Solo hunters can work coots down a narrow bay or inlet, then pass shoot as the birds fly toward the open water. Coots may be best hunted in the afternoon, so as not to interfere with early-morning duck hunting on shared water bodies. Most duck recipes will work for coots. 

Days of Yore
Charles Sabo Jr., from Pittsburgh, sent in this photo of a small game hunt that took place in 1954 near McMurray (suburb of Pittsburgh). Left to right: Skip Lighthoff, Norm Lighthoff, Robert Omert, Charles Sabo Sr. and Charles Sabo Jr., who was 12 at the time. It looks like one ringneck was taken and two of the hunters have Winchester Model 12 pumps.

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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 - 34
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
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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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
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