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area's whitetails are uncertain; the process does not come without environmental concerns, but at the same time clearing areas for well pads, access roads and
rights of way potentially creates more of
the edges and young browse to which deer
are attracted. Hunters may be the most
affected, not only by the sight of the equipment but also by the flurry of activity from
gas workers in areas that, except for other
hunters, are typically devoid of people.
During the next two days I see only
hunters, and they're all part of Probert's
gang. There are about 15 of us, mostly
middle-aged men but also two young
women who have joined their fathers
for the hunt because that's what daughters do here. We split into two groups
and form rough lines, with the hunters
in each generally spaced 100-200 yards
apart depending on the terrain and
cover. The drive begins when one line
starts moving toward the other, which
remains stationary and on the lookout
for any deer that may be pushed from the
half-mile stretch of woods separating the
two groups at the onset.

That is a very simple explanation of
a series of complicated maneuvers dictated by the rolls, sways and cuts in the
land, and by the changing vegetation that
can go from wide-open timber to tangled
laurel in the space of a few yards. To successfully drive deer across this landscape,
to make them go where they are vulnerable-or better yet, to place hunters in
position for a shot where the deer want
to go because they think they aren't vulnerable-requires an intimate knowledge
of the terrain and the movement patterns
of the quarry. Pace is also important, as
is communication, and the team stays in
touch by making intermittent raven calls
with only their voices.
These guys are good, and their planning pays off. After two days of hunting,
the group has done six drives, walked
about a dozen miles, seen close to 30
deer and killed three bucks-all of them
8-pointers or better, all on public land,
during the second week of rifle season
in Pennsylvania, a state not known for
high success rates following opening day.
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obvious they've hunted together before:
When a buck is killed, its position is
marked by GPS and most of the gang
returns later to pack it out so as not to
take time away from the next drive.
As we walk back to the trucks on the
second afternoon, one of the guys who I
just met and who is unsure of what to make
of my traveling from Virginia, asks me why
I came all this way to hunt where there
aren't as many deer. I tell him it is because
it's the way I remember deer hunting as a
kid, and then I ask him why he's out here.
"It's just always been the way I've
done it," he says. "I wouldn't want to hunt
anywhere else. These mountains are in
my blood."
Back at Water Hole, eating a late supper
with Uncle Bob and John, I try to enjoy my
last night in camp but can't hide my disappointment in having to leave the next
morning. Both of them are staying for
the rest of the week, until the end of the
season; they almost always do. But then
talk turns to next year, and I know I must
make every effort to get back here. These
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