Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 7

Deer Wrestlers By Lori D. Richardson Wildlife Education Specialist W HEN I ASKED Clayton Lutz — crew leader of four bio aides gathering data for one of the Game Commission’s deer research projects — to tell me about deer trapping, a big grin spread across his face, “Deer trapping is fun! “An amazing amount of time, preparation, planning and equipment go into trapping; that’s what makes trapping a deer so rewarding. We have to scout for places to trap, acquire permission to trap there, make educated guesses about good locations, set a trap, bait the trap, and check it daily, all in hopes of being successful.” The list of equipment is huge: there are 4WD trucks to traverse snowy, icy trails and, of course, there are traps, trailers to transport the traps, and bait for the traps. There are also headlamps and batteries to keep them lit; night-vision goggles and two-way radios (more batteries); trail cameras (batteries); nets, poles, charges and remote triggers (seems like every piece of equipment takes a different type of battery); sledge hammers and post hole dig- PGC BIO AIDES Clayton Lutz and Amanda Horning set a trip wire on a Clover trap being used to catch deer for research in the central part of the state. gers; winches and chains for getting vehicles unstuck; the can’t-go-a-daywithout-using-it Leatherman tool; spare rope and extra pieces of wire for on-the-spot repairs; blinds and hand warmers for net sits. Then, once a deer has been trapped, there are clipboards, pencils and data sheets, blindfolds, ear punches, antibiotics, ear tags and reward tags, radio and GPS and satellite collars, and the appropriate tools for securing them and, later, the appropriate receivers and antennae for tracking them, compasses . . . During the 2008-09 winter, four teams captured deer across the state, one each in WMU 2D north of Pittsburgh, WMU 2G in the Northcentral Region, WMU 3C in the northeast, and the crew I joined for two days in WMU 4B, near SGL 88 and Tuscarora State Forest, in the southcentral part of the state. Trapping begins in mid-January, the day after the last day of flintlock deer season, and runs until early April, when spring green up begins, providing deer with so many food options they aren’t as enticed by bait. This year the crews got a bit of a late start, because of the governor’s hiring freeze but, by February 25, when I joined them, the 4B team had 16 Clover traps in operation and had already trapped NOVEMBER 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009

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

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Ghost of the Orchard
Deer Wrestlers
Hunting with Hounds
A Just Reward
Mixed Bag
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Ranger and the Grouse
The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Squirrels The Hard Way
National Police Shooting Championship
On the Road Again
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ghost of the Orchard
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Deer Wrestlers
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Hunting with Hounds
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - A Just Reward
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Mixed Bag
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cheaper by the Dozen
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ranger and the Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Squirrels The Hard Way
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - National Police Shooting Championship
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - On the Road Again
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 38
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Crossings
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