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many bags to choose from, ranging from replica bags to belt pouches to museum quality reproductions. These really are the good ol’ days for muzzleloaders, because there has never been more choices available. Although blackpowder shoots, rendezvous and exhibitions are places that proudly display and sell contemporary reproductions of hunting pouches and powder horns, there is a proud tradition of making your own. Classes for both traditional powder horns and leather hunting pouches are being offered at the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum (www.jacobsburg.com.) Located at Boulton, just east of Nazareth, the Jacobsburg Historical Society hosts classes for the curious and serious. Frank Willis, an accomplished 18th century reproduction artisan, brings a wealth of friends from the Honorable Company of Horners, such as Roland Cadle and Bob Albrecht, as well as talented volunteers Rich Hujsa and Carl Landis to help attendees through the intricacies of horn, wood and leather. Many of the students’ works have been of such quality that they were exhibited at past annual Dixon’s Gunmakers Fair (scheduled this year for July 24 and 25 at Kempton). The Powder Horn The flintlock longrifle is one of the most famous examples of folk art to have ever been produced in colonial America, but the lowly scrimshawed powder horn is a close second. No early American fireplace would be complete without the addition of a cow horn of powder hanging above a leather hunting pouch. They take their proud place beside the rifle. They are a team; each is a strong individual component, but none of them can complete their

Fun Game answers: Y H C A S C L T E F R, flycatcher; E I R V S O, vireos; N R W E S, wrens.
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task without the other. Cow horns have been the weatherproof containers of choice for hundreds of years. They took on a specific chore in the 15th century when musketeers needed a way to store and moisture-proof their black powder stores. But the cow horn truly rose to prominence in America when their utilitarian nature was elevated to the status of art by engravers. India ink, sometimes even black powder ink, was incised into the shell of the horn. Maps, city renderings, animals and owners’ names were all inscribed into the rifleman’s horn. Crude carvings, important dates, scriptures, poems and verse, all took their places on powder horns. The carvings served as a testament to time. The powder horn begins as a raw cow horn taken from a cow, bull or buffalo. Once the core is removed, it can become a useful, watertight container when a plug is fitted to the large opening and a tip applied to a drilled hole in the other. Stepdown horns were popular in early Pennsylvania, as it showcased the light outer horn against the dark or honey-colored interior. Horns were filed, sanded, carved, chipped, incised or engraved. It takes practiced skill to draw out the beauty of the rough horn. The individuals belonging to the Honorable Company of Horners already mentioned are advancing the art of this 18th century skill. For more information, contact the HCH at www.hornguild.org. Horn makers create more than powder horns. Lisa Tolles’ contributions go beyond the powder horn to include combs, spice horns, boxes, thimbles, buttons and more. Her vast array of 18th century reproduction instruments can be viewed at www.scarletscarab.com. Art, history and utility are poignant keynotes to the hornmaker’s legacy. The Pennsylvanians who experience the thrill of hunting with their primitive flintlocks would never leave home without their leather hunting pouch and powder horn.
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Worth the Wait
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Fire For Wildlife
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Integrity
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - No Better Investment
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Bobcat Charlie
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - Mentored Youth Hunting
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2010 - A Long Time Forgotten
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