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the highlights of the evening came as we watched a large bull control a harem of at least 14 cows. It was so entertaining to hear him bugle and round up stray cows, with his size, strength and massive antlers. His actions reminded us of similar abilities displayed by a sheepdog. Even though early morning is the best time to see elk, we slept in the next day. We awoke to a beautiful early fall morning, with the foliage already beginning to show off its brilliance. After a hearty breakfast, we grabbed our maps and headed back to the Benezette area with the thought of learning more about the area’s viewing areas and then searching for more elk in the evening. Along the way, as we were passing a public campground, we caught a glimpse of an elk in the park. We quickly stopped, turned around and entered the park where, to our amazement, we found a large antlered bull strutting down the campground’s main street. What a sight, but no opportunity for a photo. As we drove through Benezette, we spotted a young bull with small antlers feeding in a resident’s yard, not uncommon in this town. I found a safe spot to pull over, parked, and positioned myself for a good photo angle. He was not at all disturbed by my actions and seemingly posed for what turned out to be a great shot. Our plan was to head toward the Winslow Hill viewing station. Along the way we found several safe pull-offs to search valleys and hillsides for elk. A few of the spots provided the opportunity to photograph beautiful fall landscapes. The Winslow Hill viewing station overlooks a deep forested valley with the opposite ridge rising to a series of small to large flats or meadows surrounded by fairly dense forest — a panorama well worth a few photos. With binoculars or spotting scopes, these open areas are prime spots to view feeding elk during early mornings and late evenings. Although our late morning arrival was more in keeping with their bedding time, we were not disappointed by JULY 2009 their absence. Surprisingly, though, we heard some distant back and forth bugling between the ridges. The rut was in full swing, and words cannot describe how those sounds sent chills up and down our spines. Suddenly, we heard a bull bugle close by. He seemed to be just a short distance down the ridge toward the valley to our left. Lorraine and I discussed how to get a closer look, and I remembered a narrow dirt road leading off the paved road just a short distance back from the viewing station. We found the dirt road and drove for less than half a mile until we came upon a pull-off by a gated access lane. We parked next to two vehicles and, upon exiting our vehicle, we heard the bull bugling near the base of the ridge nearby. Just about that time, three young men appeared on the access lane, apparently returning to their vehicles. They were dressed in total camouflage and armed with video cameras. They were anxious to show some of their elk video and directed us to where the big bull and his harem were bedded. Soon another couple drove up and joined our conversation. As the three gentlemen departed, we informed the other couple of our intention to locate and photograph the bull and harem, and they decided to tag along. Lorraine and I were dressed casually, with jeans, sneaks and lightweight jackets. In addition, I was wearing a brand new camo ball cap and had my camera. The four of us walked a short distance up the access lane to another gate which led into a large meadow to our left. The elk were supposedly off to our right, so we entered the wooded area and headed toward the base of the ridge. After walking about a hundred yards or so we came upon a fairly wide and wet swamp. The women decided to wait there till we 9

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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