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propelling him to do. So stay ready with your bow or your gun. I sometimes marvel that deer and other game don’t notice me when they should have, but then they’re intent on their own concerns. I find that turkeys are the least likely to ignore or be oblivious to me, although I had a young-of-the-year come charging into my just-for-fun calling one day, before the hunting season. I was wearing a fluorescent orange hat, yet the little hen stopped scant feet away. She clucked at me and then wandered away slowly, the whole time looking back and wondering where her mama was. This time the impetus wasn’t the mating urge, but something almost as strong, the grouping instinct among flock animals. When I’m archery hunting and the acorns first fall, I’ve had close bow shots at squirrels. I’ve even collected two. I carry a small game arrow for times when I’m hik-

ing through the woods on my way to or from a deer stand and a gray squirrel pays no attention to me. Many times I’ve been able to walk to within a few yards as they continued digging holes and burying nuts, but squirrels make small targets. The instinct to get food stores in before winter must be tremendously compelling, so to otherwise-occupied squirrels I’m just not worth bothering about. As you go into this hunting season, throw away your misconceptions about what your presence means to the game and other wildlife you see. Get over thinking you’re the biggest, baddest, most feared thing out there, because to them you’re not. They’ve got business to get done, business that is basic to life itself, and you’re not getting in their way. The wild world will continue to function, people or no people, and that’s both a humbling and an uplifting thought.

Fun Game — By Connie Mertz

Pennsylvania’s Littlest Mammals
Match the description with the animal, and then with the correct answer finish the statement below. ___ smallest mammal in Pennsylvania ___ consumes more than 12,000 insects a night ___ size and shape of a hot dog ___ two feet long with short legs and long neck ___ most numerous mammal ___ favorite game animal ___ catches and eats prey faster than humans can blink ___ glides through the air from tree to tree K U M C I P H N flying squirrel cottontail rabbit meadow mouse pigmy shrew least weasel mink little brown bat star-nosed mole

A mammal with cheek pouches is the ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ .
answer on page 63

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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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Red Oak, White Oak
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 7
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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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Brute
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Conservation News
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Crossings
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