Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 8

10-Point By Jeff McNelis artwork by steve wilson T HE SUN WAS agonizingly slow in its ascent above the ridge, and I was anxiously awaiting its heat more than its light. I had reached my stand some 45 minutes earlier and was already feeling the effects of the 25-degree temperature. The deer that had fed across the bench above me before full light were only silhouettes when they passed and were now long since gone to their bedding area in the thick laurel flat where they would likely spend the day. My only hope of seeing them again was if some hunter got cold or antsy before I did and rousted them out before dark. Being that this was the first day of the rifle season, there was a high probability that at least a couple of the 10 or so deer in that herd were bucks, but it had just been too dark to tell. It wasn’t likely that anyone would get cold today, because the forecast was for temperatures to reach the 60s by mid-afternoon. Not my preferred temperature range for deer hunting, but at least I wouldn’t be freezing all day. The woods were “corn flake” dry with no breeze at all, and movement by anything larger than a field mouse could be heard for 100 yards. Ten hours in a deer stand leaves a lot of time for the mind to wander. My thoughts kept returning to my mother, who had just passed away the previous June. Although it was somewhat of a relief not having the burden of worrying about her health, it just wasn’t the same returning 8 home and not being able to call her and tell her about my day. And Thanksgiving dinners will never be the same without her, not to mention Christmas. After Dad passed away, the following deer season I got a 6-point late in the season. I always felt that buck was a gift from him. Mom was never one to be outdone, so I looked skyward and, with a tear in my eye, silently challenged her to see if she could beat that 6-point. The hours passed with nothing more than the occasional squirrel to keep me awake. The longer the day went, the warmer it got. It actually reached into the 70s. Nothing was moving. I had heard a few shots during the first hour of daylight, but not much at all since. It seemed like deer and hunters were staying put. I had all week to hunt and a cold front was to usher out the balmy weather overnight, so I wasn’t at the panic stage yet. And, if the first day harvest was low, it would make for better hunting the rest of the week. The small game and turkey seasons had been good. I got a jake on the last day of turkey season, so I was able to hunt a lot and still end my season on a highlight. Grouse had been plentiful enough to make a walk in the woods a little more than just a walk in the woods. And the squirrels were everywhere due to a bountiful mast crop that the oaks had produced the year before. It was one of those rare years when both the red oaks and white oaks had good acorn production. And, on our mountain, the numerous hickories always come through with a good supply of nuts. Squirrel hunting has 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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