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DAVID and the first grouse either of the brothers had taken. nomenal landscape around it. Behind camp we could find mallards and Canada geese swimming carelessly on a small lake formed by a diligent family of beavers. Beyond the lake, towering hemlocks created excellent cover for deer and our state bird, the ruffed grouse. Exiting the front of the camp offered a picturesque mixture of swamp, pines and hardwoods. Separately, we would spend most of Friday and Saturday before opening day of buck season scouting for deer and hunting the elusive grouse. Through our teens and early 20s, both of us were blessed with several nice bucks, but the explosive grouse eluded us both. Not that we didn’t have ample opportunities to warm our game bags. I was caught off guard countless times struggling to shoulder my stepfather’s Lefever double. David’s choice was a Winchester pump. We all know how precious time is, and how it passes by so fast, and so it was that in the early ’80s I began college in Shippensburg, while David began training for his career as a taxidermist — under master taxidermist Kevin Lane in Pittsburgh. Upon graduating from college, I married and settled in the scenic valleys of Perry County. David eventually moved to Reno, Nevada, where he currently is a lead taxidermist at a studio there. Talking on the phone a couple times a year was the only communication David and I had. We would reminisce about our common ground — deer camp. He would often 28 say, “I’m going to come back and hunt at camp again some day.” He had no idea how much I desired to hunt with him. In September of 2007 David told me he would be flying home to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving. And, to my surprise, he would be coming to camp. I was thrilled, especially when he told me about his recent purchase, a 20-gauge double he’d bought especially for grouse. Unbeknownst to him, I, too, had just purchased a 20gauge over/under with the same idea. David said, “It would be awesome to bag a grouse or two.” I agreed. We met at camp on Friday after Thanksgiving and wasted no time taking to the woods. As we circled the swamp in front of camp, I had to step back and appreciate the time David and I were given. It was a blessing to be hunting with my brother, and I thought of all the time I’d wasted by not getting to know him. Several unseen birds flushed from the pines as we worked our way to the edge of the swamp. Then, without warning, a grouse exploded to my left and in front of David. He warmed both barrels of his side-by-side, only to see the bird escape across the swamp. Another bird launched from under a neighboring pine. I quickly placed a bead on the rising grouse and fired twice. The bird fell to the swamp’s edge. We had finally done it: gotten a grouse. For an instant, time stood still. Months before, we had talked of this moment on the phone and how wonderful it would be to hunt grouse at camp together. With plans to mount the grouse, David skinned it and packed it in ice for the trip back to Nevada. After further examination of the bird, he decided to frame the tail of my first grouse. He mailed his creation to me for Christmas. We look forward to the day when we can circle the swamp once again. The anger and confusion caused by our turbulent childhood three decades ago has long since evaporated. Time and forgiveness have healed all wounds. 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
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Blowin2
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
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 8
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 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Sandhill Crane Incidents
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Nevada Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 33
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 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Naturalist's Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 51
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 53
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
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Cover3
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