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ear, as she has had experience tagging 4-H rabbits and goats. Even so, no one could help but wince as the calf strained its neck and bawled in a shrill yelp. It’s over fast, however, and then the animal could be identified for the rest of its life. The biologist fished around in the loose skin on its neck for a vein and drew blood. This sample was sent to a lab for a regular screening and total blood count. Next, an expandable collar was slipped over the calf’s face. The collar’s threads were designed to snap as the calf grows, so the biologists can continue to study the animal for as many months as possible. Finally, the calf was put in a net and weighed with a hand-held scale. My son, Bryce, hefted the calf into the air as its weight sagged, and it slowly rotated, its face pressed through the mesh of the fibers. Bryce strained to read the tiny numbers on the scale: “Forty-seven pounds.” With all the data collected, we gathered up the gear and rose to our feet. As we backed away, the calf attempted to run. Her long, stilt-like legs wobbled, threatening collapse as her tail sank unsteadily toward the ground. She disappeared into the rhododendron and the conservation club turned back to the van. On to the next calf. The	idea	to	create	a	student	conservation	club	in	Schuylkill	County	crystallized	 during	Sierra’s	sophomore	year	of	homeschooling,	 when	 she	 participated	 in	 the	 2005	Schuylkill	River	Outreach	Team,	a	 weeklong	youth	summer	program	through	 the	Conservation	District.	The	students	 lived	out	of	a	van	for	a	week,	traveling	 the	 county,	 doing	 hands-on	 fieldwork	 and	 discussing	 critical	 environmental	 issues	pertaining	to	the	Schuylkill	River	 Watershed. With	the	help	of	an	advisor	at	the	Conservation	District,	Sierra	was	inspired	to	
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found	the	Schuylkill	County	Student	Conservation	Club,	which	she	went	on	to	coordinate	 the	last	two	years	she	was	homeschooling	in	 high	school. Her	club	gathered	monthly	to	do	projects	 that	would	improve	the	future	of	our	natural	 lands,	 water,	 ecosystems	 and	 communities.	 More	than	20	projects	were	conducted	in	that	 2-year	 span:	 building	 habitat	 improvement	 shelters	for	wildlife,	banding	saw-whet	owls,	 stocking	 fish,	 conducting	 river	 clean	 ups,	 planting	seedlings	and	doing	erosion	control.	 The	three	massive	clean-ups	of	illegal	dumps	 helped	them	raise	enough	grant	money	to	fund	 their	trip	to	the	elk	range	to	work	with	DeBerti. We followed DeBerti and his crew down the back roads of the Game Lands. The caravan of vehicles lurched down rutted roads, fishtailing sideways into pond-sized puddles. Pulling over into a ditch, we hopped out. Using radio telemetry, DeBerti adjusted the knobs on the radio and detected a distant beep through the hiss of static. First we had to locate a collared female cow, and then send one of DeBerti’s experienced crew into the bush to take a look at her. If she showed telltale signs of having recently dropped a calf (collapsed stomach, hesitancy to run, etc.), we would move in as a large search party to hunt for the calf. Cows bed down usually no more than 300 feet from the calf, so we knew it would not be far. As the crew member disappeared into the bushes, Jon related the legacy of Pennsylvania elk to the students. When finished, the man emerged from the shrubs. “It looks like she’s dropped a calf,” he reported. We became excited and threaded out into a line, putting several feet between each person. Walking abreast, we traversed the hillside, bushwhacking through dense thickets of wet autumn olive. Jon had told us that if we saw a calf lying down, to back off and calmly pass the message down the line. We had been searching for a while to
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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 - 42
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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
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