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flurry ensues as LMO Jerry Bish and the FCC crew check hunting licenses, duck stamps and HIP licenses, and dole out badges to hunt in the coveted duck areas, J and L. They also draw goose blind assignments for the hunters who’ve been selected through the public drawing in the Controlled Goose Hunting Area. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from October through January, Bish and the crew process up to 160 hunters for goose blinds and 90 duck hunters. The diversity of bird life at Pymatuning is incredible, ranging from shorebirds, ducks and geese that migrate through during the year from all parts of the United States, Canada and southern tropics. Bald eagles, hawks and owls are also regulars that can be observed soaring loftily above the fields and perched in trees in search of prey. Bird enthusiasts find this area a gold mine of viewing opportunities the year round, and their dedication is quite evident, as their cameras and spotting scopes rival the cost of some of the finest firearms in the world. One warm pleasant September afternoon I was patrolling through the Controlled Goose Hunting Area when I stopped to check out some strangely familiar birds. Through my binoculars they resembled great blue herons, but I couldn’t recall ever seeing great blues congregating in cornfields. Great blue herons are water birds and are usually seen standing statuesque-like in the shallows, watching for a fish or frog to pluck out of the water. The birds in the cornfield, five of them, started to walk off and were making a rattling, garrrooooo, garrrooooo, garrrooooo, garrroooo. It was then that I identified them, but I couldn’t believe my eyes as I’d never seen this bird here before. I drove down to the FCC headquarters about a mile away to see Mark Kahrer, FCC Game Lands Maintenance Supervisor. “Mark, tell me I’m not seeing things up off of Wilson Road. You know, the birds that look like great blue herons.” Mark turned with a smile and mimicked, garrroooo, garrrooooo, garrroooo.” He chuckled, “Mario, the sandhill cranes arrived here a day or two ago, five of them, and they’ve been all over the management area garrrooooing.” I later spoke to Bish and he said that although sandhill cranes are generally a bird of the Central Plains, a few nesting pairs have found their way to Crawford County. I told him that they have a vocalization you’ll never forget and he laughed and agreed. Deputy John L. Ittel and I were on foot patrol, early on October 28, 2005, checking hunters in the goose blinds. The temperature was in the high 20s and a skiff of snow was on the ground. We’d just checked a group of hunters who were having a great day, having harvested a couple of Canada geese. As we walked away, a voice from within the blind said, “Hey, you guys might want to check that GAME NEWS 22

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008

Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Essence of Whitetails
Hunting for a Greater Good
What a Story to Tell
Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
The Sandhill Crane Incidents
Nevada Grouse
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Blowin1
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Essence of Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Hunting for a Greater Good
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 9
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - What a Story to Tell
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Sandhill Crane Incidents
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Nevada Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
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