Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10

always been one of my favorite ways to pass a fall day. I see more game, and learn more when hunting squirrels than any other animal. A lot of my most productive deer stands were located while squirrel hunting, and the stand I was in this year was no exception. I had discovered this spot one fall afternoon while I was still-hunting across a bench about two-thirds of the way up the mountain. My idea of a perfect fall afternoon is a crisp day, a couple apples in my pocket and all afternoon to do whatever I want. I usually sit for squirrels for a while, and then still-hunt till I find another good spot. On this particular day, it was really breezy as I worked my way across the bench. The wind was keeping everything close to cover. The leaves were dry, but the wind at least covered the sound of my footsteps, and I was walking into the wind, so I thought I might walk up on a deer or two. I was approaching a little depression out toward the point of the mountain when I noticed that the wind had quit blowing. But, as I looked back out the ridge, the treetops were still being whipped around. A glance down the mountain revealed the same thing, and the wind was actually howling on top. I had discovered a little oasis that seemed to be escaping the wind. The little depression I was in on the mountain was apparently low enough that somehow the wind wasn’t hitting there. As I was looking around at this odd phenomenon, I caught a flicker of movement at the top of the mountain. The binoculars revealed it was a deer and it had an 8-point rack. As I was admiring his headgear, I heard the clashing of antlers. Another look up 10 the mountain revealed that I was right. Two other 8-points were locked together in what looked like more than just a gentlemanly disagreement. I don’t know how I hadn’t seen or heard them before, but there they were — tearing up the leaves and making quite a racket. I guess the wind and their focus on each other had prevented them from noticing me, too. I watched them spar till they were exhausted and then, panting heavily, they separated and both went up over the top in different directions. This spot was great, I thought, no wind and bucks all over the place. I was in a pocket of mature red oaks, and from where I stood I spotted squirrel nests dotting the treetops in all directions. I decided to “set a spell” and see what I would see. I scraped away the leaves and sat with my back to a large tree facing up the ridge. After a few minutes’ settling time, the squirrels resumed their activities. They were everywhere, but I chose to ignore them because, by now, I was more scouting for deer than hunting squirrels. The sound of their activity was almost constant. When I glanced to my right I was staring directly into the eyes of yet another 8-point. The racket the squirrels were making must have masked the sound of his approach, because he was no more than 20 yards away and looking right at me. I was sure this was a different deer than any of the other bucks, because they each had distinctly different racks. We had about a 30-second stare-off until, deciding I didn’t belong in his woods, he spun around and headed for greener pastures. Now I was searching the treetops again, but not for bushytails. I was looking for a suitable location for a treestand, but the more I looked around, the more I noticed that the hillside I was on was steep enough that from the ground I could see all the way to the top (about 150 yards) and all the way down GAME NEWS

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008

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

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Deer Season to Remember
10-Point
Blood and Dishonor
The Royal Straight Flush
2007-08 Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - A Deer Season to Remember
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10-Point
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Blood and Dishonor
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - The Royal Straight Flush
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 2007-08 Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Cover3
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