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red. He was speechless and stared into the standing corn. “I need you to take me where you put the sandhill crane,” I said. He blurted out, “Listen, it was my fault; I was the one who shot it, not my kids.” I asked, “What did you do after you shot the sandhill crane and it fell?” “I got scared and hid it in this cornfield.” “Let’s go find the bird.” I directed. We went into the standing corn and looked for about 10 minutes. “I don’t know where I put it, and I can’t find it.” I told him that we would just continue looking, and within two minutes we found the bird, about 65 yards from their blind with half of its body stomped into the mud. Mr. Fowl asked, “Now what’s going to happen?” I told him that he would have to leave the goose blind, that his hunting for the day was over. He also needed to check the mallard and sandhill crane in at the Administration Building. I informed him that he’d be receiving a citation for shooting and killing a protected bird. As we were leaving the cornfield he stopped and gave me a look. “Mr. Fowl,” I said, “you have to decide what 24 you want to tell your children about what transpired here this morning.” He lowered his head and said, “I really messed up, didn’t I?” “Killing the sandhill crane was a bad decision,” I replied, “but then not stepping up to admit what you did and trying to hide the crane by kicking it into the mud only compounded your problems. I’m not certain what kind of example you’re setting for your children; I could see the trepidation in their eyes when I initially spoke to them.” From there we walked out of the cornfield and back to the blind and I told him we would meet him at the Administration Building. I contacted LMO Bish and the FCC crew to let them know that Mr. Fowl would be arriving with a sandhill crane. I imagined that the fine and costs Mr. Fowl would have to pay would pale in comparison to explaining his behavior to his family. I oftentimes wonder just what people are thinking when they do such things. Fast-forward to November 11 . . . The day was snowing and blowing, with 10 inches of snow covering the Pymatuning landscape and temperatures hovering in the teens. I was patrolling on foot in the Controlled Goose Hunting Area in the early morning and checking hunters off of Wilson Road when a hunter in blind No. 38 said, “Hey, did you know there are sandhill cranes up here?” I told him that we had five sandhill cranes but that a guy had shot and killed one in October. “Well,” he replied, “I hate to break the news to you, but now there are only three.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “We watched a group of four sandhill cranes fly over our blind earlier this morning, and as they flew southwest towards GAME NEWS

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
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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 - 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 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
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