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From LaRonge, an Otter floatplane shuttled the team and their gear north to a location central to the active nests. There, they set up a temporary cache sight — a lakeside base camp where captured eagles could be processed, fed and monitored. Several team members remained at the cache site to receive young eagles and fish for eagle food — northern pike. In all directions, a vast forest wilderness devoid of roads and broken only by marshes and lakes surrounded the cache site. Two groups, each including a pilot, climber and two ground support people, boarded smaller aircrafts called Beavers. A Beaver is a four-man floatplane designed for slow, low level flying — a necessity for this mission. The cramped aircrafts BACK in Pennsylvania, the eaglets were placed in took off in opposite directions, hacking towers, where they completed their development and were fed until they eventually targeting specific nests. From “flew the coop.” the maps, a pilot located the general area of a nest, and then descended shore while others took considerable to 100 feet above the trees. Everyone on effort to access. After landing, the crew board searched the treetops for the nest. packed climbing gear to the base of Although eagle nests are large stick wo- the nest tree. Nests ranged from 35 to ven masses, measuring eight feet across and 80 feet off the ground. Schmit, relieved weighing more than a ton, they were often when the nest tree was alive, said obscured by dense foliage and a challenge climbing a live tree was much easier because climbing spikes dug into the to spot from the air. Mike Schmit, currently the PGC soft bark for a secure grip. “Climbing Deputy Executive Director, was a climber a dead nest tree was like climbing a on the final four missions. He said scan- steel pole,” he recalled. As the adults circled and squawked ning the treetops for nests was very hard on the eyes. “It upsets your equilibrium,” said Schmit. “The pilot had to fly as low as One of the eagles brought back possible, making sharp turns and banking from Saskatchewan in 1987 and the plane to first find a nest and then to fledged from the Haldeman Island get a visual of the young eagles in it. A hack site on August 21 of that year, nest had to have at least two young, bedied just this past December from injuries it suffered when it flew into cause we had to leave one for the parents a high tension line tower in Martic to raise.” Township, Lancaster County. Next, the pilot considered the most efficient landing. Some nests were close to JULY 2009 5

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

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009
Life &Times of the Whitetail
Contents
Bald Eagles along the Susquehanna
A Price to Pay
In Broad Daylight
Pennsylvania Elk With a Flintlock
Allan and Granddad’s .44-40 Colt Lightning
The History of State Game Lands Acquisition
The Year that Changed My Life
Where’s The Gun?
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 - July 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Life &Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Bald Eagles along the Susquehanna
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - A Price to Pay
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - In Broad Daylight
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Pennsylvania Elk With a Flintlock
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Allan and Granddad’s .44-40 Colt Lightning
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The History of State Game Lands Acquisition
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The Year that Changed My Life
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Where’s The Gun?
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 64a
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 64b
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover4
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