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options. Select a 12-gauge gun with moderate choke and mid-range shot size. Nontoxic shot, of course, is required, as in all waterfowl hunting. Pick the streams you hunt with care. Float-hunting is no whitewater expedition. Extreme rapids will only risk your equipment and your own safety, especially in the colder water of fall. Look for streams of modest gradient. They’re safer to hunt and ducks prefer them anyway. Winding streams offer you an advantage as well. Every bend in the route offers a new opportunity to surprise ducks. The straighter the stream’s course, the more difficult it is to approach birds within range. There isn’t much room for discretion when scheduling fall float-hunts. The early October duck season is short and low water is the autumn rule. Anytime fall rains raise the flow enough to float during that typically one-week window is the time to go, but avoid floods or any high water that makes you doubt your safety. If you’re unsure about the conditions, or your own ability, go grouse hunting instead.

In mild winters, float-hunting is a viable option during the longer late season. It’s chancy, though, as it often takes harsh weather to send flight birds south to Pennsylvania. But you never know where you’ll find some lingering migrants from earlier in the fall, or encounter flocks of resident mallards. Once ice forms on the streams, though, I put away my kayak until it’s time to fish. Ice poses too many unexpected hazards. All float trips, for hunting, fishing or recreational fun, require planning. Select public take-out and launch points, or get permission to use private access. Give yourself enough time to finish the float before dark, and carry a map or GPS to gauge your progress. Stash a “dry-bag” with a change of warm clothes in case you need to change after an unexpected dunking. Our lack of big coastal marshes and extensive bottomland swamps are no reasons to miss out on the pleasures of duck hunting. We in Pennsylvania have our own waterfowl haunts in our countless flowing streams. You can savor them this fall by slipping into a canoe or kayak, assuming silence, and going to the ducks. 

LON HEIM and h i s s o n , B R A D Y, got these geese last year. Note the “jewelry” on Lab BUDDY.

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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
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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
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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
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