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every case where this happened I’d judge they were bucks in the 18-month class, although many sported promising 6- or 8point racks. This past season I had opportunities to shoot five or six legal but smallish bucks that passed beneath my stands the first week of our early bow season. I held out for Mr. Big, and guess what? I ended up with that unfilled buck tag hanging on my back. HUNT DOES Most bowhunters by nature are buck hunters and will often eschew a shot at a doe, thinking that a buck may be following behind. Too many of these hunters resolve not to shoot a doe until their buck tag is filled. The upshot is that they end the season deerless. Okay, I plead guilty to this one, even when I have multiple antlerless tags in my possession I, too, often find myself holding out for Mr. Alpha or at least Alpha Junior. The reality of the RUT or no rut, any Pennsylvania whitetail is a trophy. situation, however, is that, unless the deer have entered one stage of the rut or another, bucks won’t yet be trailing does, and will probably still be hanging out in their bachelor groups. If you’re looking for meat for the freezer, why not take a plump doe rather than a small buck? It makes for a healthier deer herd, and it’ll help keep your bowhunting senses sharp if and when that big buck finally does appear. HELP A “YOUNG BUCK” ARROW A YOUNG BUCK (OR DOE) I’ve found that the longer you bowhunt, the more selective you get. A wall full of mounted antlers, for the most part undersized racks (mostly smallish 8-points) that I arrowed during my formative bowhunting years graces my den. This class of antlers is the same one I now routinely pass up. But any young hunter starting out today (as we all once were) would be absolutely thrilled to fill his tag on one of these deer. Many would also jump at a chance to harvest a doe for their first bow kill. Those of us who are more senior members of the bowhunting fraternity need to take the time to guide and mentor those new to our sport to some measure of bowhunting success that will keep them involved and active. Many, many years ago in early October, I invited an ambitious young hunter to join me on an afternoon archery foray into my favorite deer woods. Before the day was done, I had guided him to his first archery deer ever — a fat button buck. The proud young fellow’s enthusiasm bubbled over and he was hooked on the sport for life. That young hunter was P.J. Reilly, who grew into a dedicated bowhunter and a pretty fair and respected outdoor writer whose work now appears in Game News and many other fine publications. So if you have access to a property with a stand where you’ve routinely passed up shots at does or small no-rut bucks, why not invite a newcomer to share in your excess of wealth? There’s no telling where your young protégé’s success might lead. GAME NEWS 60

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
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