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rivers is to go to the ducks, by kayak or canoe. Sometimes called jumpshooting or float-hunting, the technique involves quietly drifting down a stream that you suspect harbors ducks, surprising the birds and shooting as they flush. It’s the tactical opposite to “classic” duck hunting, where the birds are called to the shooter, but it’s effective and fun. Float-hunting also adds an element of adventure, exploring hard-toreach corners of landscape or seeing familiar places from a different perspective. My friend, Bryon, and I had eyed a particular southwestern stream for several years before we float-hunted a stretch last October. The stream is small, intimate, has a moderate gradient and is better known by trout fishermen than duck hunters. But the frequent rains last fall yielded ideal flow to float our boats, which is not always the case in the early duck season, and we seized the chance to glide quietly down a 5-mile span that flows for much of the way through public land. Our knowledge of the area boosted our hopes. White oak woods line much of the stream and the trees had been dropping acorns into its flow for weeks. We concluded that a winding stream, deep in an oak forest, had to hold some wood ducks in mid-October. Wood ducks are the perfect Pennsylvania waterfowl. They like the small streams that snake through wooded corridors almost everywhere in the state. Wood ducks are early
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Wood	ducks	are	the	 perfect	Pennsylvania	 waterfowl.	They	like	 the	small	streams	that	 snake	through	wooded	 corridors	almost	 everywhere	in	the	state.

migrants that begin passing through Pennsylvania in September. By midOctober, even small swaths of habitat offering food, water and cover can hold dozens of birds. Bryon and I each own kayaks with a dull, camouflage finish, and we’ve painted our paddles with flat-black spray paint and dabs of brown to break up their shape. We draped both boats with camo-netting, not so much for the color but to soften the boats’ hard outlines. Wearing camo ourselves, plus facemasks, and keeping a low-profile, we set off downstream on the kind of morning you don’t associate with duck hunting — warm sunshine bathing the red and gold foliage beneath a blue mountain sky. The day would be a great one, we agreed, whether we found ducks or not. At the launch we established some ground rules. We’d progress downstream with one boat well ahead. The trailing boater, we agreed, would not shoot unless flushed ducks turned and flew back upstream offering a safe zone of fire. We’d alternate the lead position after each shooting opportunity. The kayak models we use are designed for fishing and hunting, so they’re stable afloat and offer a secure place to cradle a shotgun while paddling. Bryon insisted that I take the first turn out front. He trailed so that we were just barely in visual contact and I slipped downstream, trading paddle for shotgun at each bend to be ready for a flush. On this float, getting within range of ducks was initially tough. Early in the hunt, I’d glide around a turn and see a raft of ducks on open water ahead, sometimes mixed flocks of wood ducks and
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 38
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 40
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover4
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