Pennsylvania Game News - March 2015 - 3

By Charles Dixon

ites of Passage
Coming of age, as a licensed hunter

A license-holder and a box of shells
completed the transaction.
With the license ensconced in the
holder and attached to my school
jacket, a jacket that was never going
to go hunting, we exited the store,
announcing to the world or at least to
the three old men on the bench out
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front, I was now a man.
My mother exercised her veto power
when I attempted to wear the license to
church that Sunday morning. That small
setback didn't prevent me from casually
mentioning to all and sundry that I was
now a licensed hunter.
Like most rookie hunters of that
time and place, I was going to start the
small-game season with a hand-medown gun.
The 1950s version of a youth
gun was the one no one else would
shoot. In my case, it was a singleshot 12-gauge, cleverly designed to
maximize recoil and operation difficulty.
The checkering on the hammer
was worn smooth, but all of that use had
not weakened one bit the hammer spring.
Cocking was accomplished by clutching
the stock between left elbow and
ribs while simultaneously using the heel
of my right hand to depress the hammer.
From there, it was a "simple" matter to
switch hands, mount the gun and touch
one off at rapidly disappearing prey.
If a shot was taken without a glove on
the right hand, the release lever would
split the web between thumb and trigger
finger. It was, perhaps, nature's way of
ensuring you were really serious about
this hunting business.
Opening day of small game dawned
with an inch or so of snow on the
ground. Two older brothers, a shortlegged beagle, the Marquis de Sade
shotgun and I headed out from home on
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