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I suddenly feel exposed, vulnerable. I think about how we humans evolved to be so dependent on our eyesight. We are creatures of the sun and we don’t feel confident stumbling around at night. We don’t have the large, light-gathering eyes of an owl. And we don’t have the long, scent-gathering nose of a fox. We have a flat face, good for focusing both eyes at once on an object and judging distance, and a snout that hardly matters. People aren’t the “king of the forest,” or I wouldn’t feel like I need eyes in the back of my head right now. Something might be sneaking up behind me, ready to pounce, ready to sink its teeth and claws in! I know this feeling is what we like about scary movies and that nothing huge and slavering is going to get me. But that doesn’t stop the tingling at the nape of my neck, as if hairs that aren’t there want to stand up. I might have a 21st century GPS in my pack, but my body is still back in the Pleistocene. I listen again and decide it is a small shuffling. I was probably right the first time. I realize that whatever it was must be close, because the tiny creek along the road is quite noisy. At least the creek seems loud; there is little else to hear. There must be rocks in the flow and the water must be falling over them and running between in miniature rapids, waterfalls and whirlpools. I listen to the high-pitched tinkling and JANUARY 2009 baritone gurgling and decide I’ll have to take a look at the stream when it gets light. It is getting light! At least that’s what the first bird says. As I would have bet, it’s a robin, nature’s alarm clock. Just a few tentative chirps, but they’re clear and the bird is certain. The grayness above me is lighter now, if I can make such a judgment in the dimness. I now see shades and shapes of gray, not impenetrable black. I look down at myself and I can see color, the fluorescent orange of the safety vest I’m wearing. No other color shows but this. I’m glad Bob Steiner I have it on. The day comes quickly then, faster than I’m prepared for. I check my watch. It’s already official starting time for hunting. Still too dim in the woods for me to be walking without a light, but as soon as I can I will start into the forest, in hopes of finding turkeys still on roost and callable. I look around and the orange of my vest has been joined by the now-visible yellows and golden browns of the last beech leaves clinging to branches. The green faux-leaves in my jacket’s camo pattern show their true color at last. I reach down for my pack, slip my shoulders through the straps, and pick up my gun. I ratchet one shell into the chamber and slip two into the magazine. The robin chirps again, and I step into a day in the woods. 51

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009
Contents
2007-08 Annual Report
Untagged Traps
Field Notes
Conservation News
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Untagged Traps
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Crossings
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