Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 34

S WE STROLLED across the hay field the dew was heavy on the newly-mown stubble. The sweet smell of freshly cut hay filled our nostrils and heightened our anticipation for the hunt we were about to begin. I was with my eldest son, Chris, and this was his first squirrel hunt. The previous week had been filled with excitement, as Chris began gathering equipment and clothing. There had been target practice in which an aluminum can was rolled down a hill until Chris could hit it with regularity with his 16-gauge. There was also a review of his hunter education course, with questions and answers from the hunters’ handbook. Everything was in place. It was still dark when we entered the woodlot and chose a spot to await the coming of a new day — and a new season. It wasn’t long before the first signs of daylight began filtering through the hardwood canopy. Silhouettes of the gnarled, twisted oak branches could be seen against the pale gray sky. The majestic oak stood as a monarch of this woodlot and of these times, somehow overlooked by past logging operations and zealous firewood cutters. Perhaps it was undesirable because a large branch part way up its trunk had long since rotted away, leaving a cavity within the trunk. Perhaps the previous owner of this farm wanted to preserve a precious piece of the past. A unique creation that took nature 150 years to create and man with modern technology only minutes to destroy. Or perhaps he, too, was a squirrel hunter who enjoyed plinking these tree hoppers after the chores were completed. As shooting time approached Chris loaded his 16-gauge. This was a special moment for me. Twenty-seven years earlier I, too, had loaded this same gun on my first squirrel hunt, and the sense of pride I felt at that time came flooding back to me. The gun was a Fox Sterlingworth that had been handed down through four generations of our family. It’s a special gun that I hope to someday see in the hands of a grandson going through the same ritual — perhaps at this same old oak. Suddenly, the squirrel was there, materializing out of the early
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Groundhog Hunting
Worth the Wait
Fire For Wildlife
Integrity
No Better Investment
Bobcat Charlie
Mentored Youth Hunting
A Long Time Forgotten
The First Hunt
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Groundhog Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Worth the Wait
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Fire For Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Integrity
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - No Better Investment
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 19
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Bobcat Charlie
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Mentored Youth Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - A Long Time Forgotten
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - The First Hunt
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Crossings
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