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tracking. We quickly found the front half of my arrow, with the stone point still intact, 20 yards from where the buck was when I shot. Another 20 yards and we found the other half of the arrow and with a little blood. Not wanting to push the buck, I decided to resume the search in the morning. Needless to say, it was a sleepless night. At dawn I returned with friends, Seth and Rick. After I described events from the previous evening and pointed out which way the deer ran after the shot, we followed the blood trail as best we could. When we came to a small patch of goldenrod it was anyone’s guess which way he went. When we finally found where he had crossed over and into the woods on the other side, the trail went down into a small stream. Seth made the comment that the deer was hurt bad and, judging by the way the trail was meandering back and forth, was looking for a place to bed down along the stream. At that point we had gone only about 80 yards, with just a small bit of blood every once in a while. I was losing hope. It seemed like hours had passed since we had first started. The three of us split up, looking for anything, when Seth hollered he had found blood. Cutting back across the stream, heading toward Seth, I came up over a small rise and all of a sudden, there it was. After all the high fives and excitement, Rick asked if I had a knife, and that’s when I pulled out my flint knife. The look on Rick’s face was priceless. Now, some folks think I’m nuts

for doing this, but I had to do it at least once. After tagging and field-dressing the buck, I told Seth that it’s a pretty safe bet that the last whitetail killed in these woods with a flint arrowhead was most likely done by a Native American. He agreed. The buck gross-scored 123 Boone & Crockett Club points, and while it’s not the biggest buck I’ve shot, with the antlers mounted on an arrowhead plaque with the arrow and knife I used to harvest this deer, it’s my most cherished trophy. I’ll forever remember the challenge of that hunt and my “step back in time.”
BY JIM

COVER PAINTING

OBLESKI

HIS ANTLERS are hard bone now, but just a short time ago the rack was enclosed in velvet. Increases in the amount of testosterone in the blood of whitetail bucks in late August or early September cause blood flow to the antlers to stop. The velvet dies and is shed or rubbed off. In two months or so, if he manages to elude bowhunters, this mature buck will be in peak breeding form and will be fending off other bucks and chasing does.

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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010

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

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
First Archery Buck
Red Oak, White Oak
Just Like the Good Old Days
Step Back in Time
Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
What Goes Up . . .
First Time’s a Charm
100 Deer
The Brute
Flight 93
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Archery Buck
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Red Oak, White Oak
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Just Like the Good Old Days
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Step Back in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - What Goes Up . . .
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Time’s a Charm
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 100 Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Brute
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 28
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 33
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Crossings
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