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One of the perils of bowhunting southeast Pennsylvania in mid-September is that you’re basically coping with lush, full summer foliage. Leaves haven’t even thought about changing colors yet, let alone dropping to the ground. The woods are thick this time of the year, making shooting lanes few and far between for the treestand hunter. But one of the pleasures of hunting this time of year is that the deer have not been molested at all by hunting pressure, and they’re extremely predictable. Find their travel corridors and you can pretty much bet the house they’ll be on those trails at about the same time every day. That’s what I was banking on as I shinnied up the tall tulip poplar I’d been climbing for years during archery season. Once settled, I noticed the cool air had me shivering a little. It was a good feeling — one that put me in the bowhunting mood. Around 7 a.m. I sent a text message to one of my buddies who was hunting about 300 yards away in another part of the woodlot, asking him if he’d seen anything yet, when I glanced over my right shoulder and saw movement in the brush. Two large does and a fawn materialized in the cover. The deer were on the trail, directly under my stand, so I stood up, grabbed my bow, clipped my release onto the string and waited. The deer walked within inches of the trunk of the tree I was in. Not wanting to shoot straight down, I waited until they’d moved about 10 yards away from the tree before lightly whistling. When one of the big does stopped broadside in an open area I drew back my bow. Bending at the waist, I moved my bow until the 20-yard sight pin locked into place low on the deer’s chest, to compensate for the steep downward trajectory of my shot. I squeezed the trigger on my release and the bow made a dull thump, which was followed almost instantaneously by a higher pitched thwack, when the arrow zipped through the doe. She bolted through the
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woods in a slight arc, plowing through brush and saplings for about 50 yards, and then crashed in a heap. I saw her hit the ground, which meant no tracking was required. With trembling hands, I sat down and pulled out my cell phone. “Dude, I just shot one,” I typed on the keypad. Within seconds, the reply, “Are you kidding me?” came in from my buddy. “Nope. I shot her right after I sent you my last text,” I typed back. Since the 2007 season, Pennsylvania has offered an early antlerless-only bow season in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, which precedes all other archery deer seasons across the state. For 2010, the early season is Sept. 18-Oct. 1. WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D are the three urban/suburban units around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, where the Game Commission has been working to reduce high deer numbers. WMU 5D is virtually all developed, while WMUs 2B and 5C both have areas where there’s a mix of development and farm country. There are a few places in those units where public hunting is allowed, but for the most part, the hunting that occurs in those units takes place on private property. Unlike other WMUs around the state, antlerless deer permits in these units are plentiful, and you can buy as many as you like, until the allocations are exhausted. For the 2010-11, WMU 2B was allocated 68,000 antlerless licenses; WMU 5C, 121,960; and WMU 5D, 22,000. Something to remember when applying for your doe tags in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D is that tags for those units do not count against the statewide total of three antlerless tags you’re allowed to secure in a given license year. For example, you can get a doe tag for WMU 2G and then two more for WMU 5B, and then get however many more on top of that you want for WMU 5C. Under the application process, in the first round you may apply — only by
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
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