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THE D-SHAPED BAG is a deep semi-circular design that seemed years ago to be the workhorse bag of the hunting fraternity. The group of finished horns were done by apprentices at the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum’s first powder horn class.

leolithic Indians the Leni Lenape, Delaware, Seneca and Iroquois. They, too, hunted this same ridge, carrying arrows pointed with knapped jasper and quartzite carried inside their own bags of deer skin. A quick glance down at the handmade jasper flint in my lock created a sudden connection with those spirits of past woodland hunters. Suddenly, movement from across the power line caught my attention. Not 30 yards away a 6-point buck stared directly at me. Thirty yards is an easy shot, even for a flintlock, but this October season was for antlerless deer. As the buck angled away, stopping to stare back, another deer emerged. A mature doe, nose to the ground, took the same path, albeit from the opposite direction. The scent of the buck caused her to stop, snort and jump off the path. Side-stepping away from the path, the doe’s movements took her back in the direction from where she had come, back to the security of the raspberry cane and grapevine thicket. With only 15 minutes left in this early muzzleloader season, it seemed like the hunt was over. Dumping the hours-old priming powder from the pan of the flintlock, I reached under the flap of my pouch and felt the familiar chip-carved neck of my engraved priming horn. As I began to stand up to reprime the lock, another deer popped into view. This doe also smelled
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the buck’s tracks and snorted. This time the rifle was ready. With the hammer drawn to full cock, the open iron sights quickly came into alignment on the deer’s shoulder. The shot shattered the stillness and a sulfurous haze covered the deer like a ghostly apparition claiming its victim. When the smoke had cleared the deer was gone. Knowing the direction that the deer didn’t go was the only sign I had to work with. No hair or blood from the .54 roundball was visible at the place where I thought the deer had been standing. I walked slowly to the west. In a gauntlet of thorns and tangle, through about 30 yards of greenbrier and raspberry canes, a glimpse of brown hair indicated that the shot had been true. The .54 flintlock had made meat the old-fashioned way. The Hunting Pouch “Without the means of care and loading, the gun becomes merely a club,” Madison Grant eloquently stated back in 1977 when he published his book, The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch. While clothing pockets seemed to have replaced hunting pouches for modern muzzleloaders I, like Madison did then, feel there is still a utilitarian need for these venerable bags. Carrying a muzzleloader, flintlock or percussion, just doesn’t feel right without the familiar weight of the hunting pouch and powder horn slung over the shoulder. “By 1825 the hunting pouch had begun to serve two masters — the flintlock and percussion. The sparking stone was being challenged by the fulminate cap and was
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - No Better Investment
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 31
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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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