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aquatic organisms that may cause a concentration of contaminants in body tissue. Health officials have issued similar consumption advisories for certain species of fish found in these same waters. For this reason, hunters are cautioned to not consume any mergansers. Other waterfowl should be skinned and the fat removed before cooking. Stuffing should be discarded after cooking and should not be consumed. Wear a life jacket Waterfowlers using boats are urged to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, every year several hunters die from drowning and hypothermia. “Many hunters have a mindset that life jackets are uncomfortable and too bulky, and that they get in the way,” Dunn said. “But today’s life jackets are comfortable. In fact, the Coast Guard approved manual inflatable life jackets offer great freedom of movement. Float coats are another good alternative. Available in camo patterns, they double as both outerwear and a flotation device.” Trouble often starts before the boat even leaves the shore, Dunn mentioned, because the watercraft’s weight capacity is exceeded. To avoid overloading, hunters should check the hull for the capacity plate to gauge how much gear and/or how many people can be carried safely. “When you have a crew of hunters, with decoys and equipment, and dogs, a boat can easily become unbalanced, especially if the wind comes up,” Dunn said, “Not only is it unsafe to overload a boat, exceeding the limits posted on the capacity plate is also illegal. “Sudden immersion into cold water is one of the leading causes of boating fatalities in the Commonwealth. It places a severe strain on bodily systems that can lead to hypothermia or, worse, cardiac arrest.” Anyone falling into cold water should immediately ensure that their and any companions’ PFDs are intact, and work to find a way to exit the water or right the watercraft. Cover your mouth and nose, if possible, to prevent inhaling water. If you can’t get out of the water immediately and the shore is too far, raise your knees and wrap your arms across your chest to help reduce heat loss through the body’s core. “Most important,” Dunn suggests, “get into the routine of making the life jacket part of your hunting equipment, and wear it.” USFWS action needed for Snow Goose Conservation Season The Game Commission is waiting for an official USFWS ruling that would implement a Conservation Season for greater snow geese. If approved, the season would extend the snow goose season to April 1, and would also allow additional hunting methods. A free permit would be required. When approved, notice will be made through the news media and on the agency’s website. CONTACTING Northwest — 814-432-3187 Southwest — 724-238-9523 Northcentral — 570-398-4744 THE REGION OFFICES Southcentral — 814-643-1831 Northeast — 570-675-1143 Southeast — 610-926-3136 OCTOBER 2008 39

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 - 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 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
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