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slapping and picture taking and high-fiving between the new deer hunter and his adult helpers. When they told me, I could only think about how DMAP had saved the day, while also allowing the happy hunter to help control deer herd numbers on this piece of public ground. Since then I have learned to navigate the DMAP system for other reasons as well. I am not and have only occasionally been a sit-in-one-place treestand or stump-sitter hunter. While I have taken deer in Pennsylvania every year since the early 1970s, very few have been from a spot that I previously used. Most are shot while I’m standing on my own two feet or leaning against a tree and scanning the woods ahead of my hunting path. I like to walk a little, sit a little, and explore the countryside while I deer hunt. Using the DMAP system keeps me from getting bored. With permits for several DMAP areas in my pocket, I can cover lots of ground. I usually hunt deer about 40 days each year. I seldom miss a day of the early muzzleloader or regular firearm seasons. If I get frustrated on one DMAP area on a given day, I can switch to a different one nearby, restoring my energy and outlook for the rest of the afternoon. Each DMAP property offers new hope, a chance to work out a new strategy and gives me new hunting “problems” to solve. If I arrive at one area and it is being hunted too heavily, I can go to another. If no hunters are there to move the deer, I can go to where there are a few hunters stirring up the thickets and maybe helping me get a shot. I like hunting the rolling farm country and small woods patches around my Venango County home. A short distance away, still in the same county but in another WMU, several plots of public land have deep valleys and a heavily forested “big woods” feel. When applying for a WMU antlerless license, I can usually get a permit that lets me hunt in one of these landscapes, but not both. Both of these WMUs sell out quickly. I can usually find SEPTEMBER 2009 a DMAP permit available in the WMU I wasn’t drawn for, so I don’t have to give up the enjoyment of hunting both types of terrain. With the current WMU system, nonresidents, whether cabin owners or tourist hunters from out of state, often have a difficult time getting permits to hunt in the popular WMUs. In the “camp country,” WMU permits go fast to Pennsylvania residents, which means groups of family and friends who have become far-flung in their residences, although not in their passion for deer hunting, may not be able to hunt “does” together. This was our dilemma with my brother and nephew. Beginning this year, DMAP harvest permits are available statewide through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). Landowners approved for the program can opt to have their DMAP harvest permits made available for sale over-thecounter at issuing agents or on-line, no coupon required. PALS tracks the allocations in each DMAP unit and automatically stops sales when there are no more permits available. Landowners can also opt to receive DMAP coupons to give to hunters, which a hunter then redeems for a harvest permit. That means that Grandpa, who retired to Florida, Uncle Joe, whose job took him to Ohio, and Cousin Jerry and his kids, who stayed in Pennsylvania, can all hunt together for antlerless deer on the same DMAP property, keeping one aspect of the “old-time” deer camp alive. Our hunting party of late consists of four residents and two nonresidents. This year it certainly was nice to know, after the first couple days of July, that all six of us had DMAP permits for the same two properties. We could arrange our schedules to hunt together and start planning our strategies, as well as who’ll make what for the camp meals. The two factory workers in our group could immediately put in for their fall vacations, confident they would be able to use that time to hunt antlerless 49

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

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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