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A SMALL drop point blade works well for field-dressing big game animals.

your particular standards, something very personal. One feature I have found handy on a couple of my fixed-blade knives is a gut hook. It is great to have, and simple to use. On a deer, just start a hole with the regular blade at the base of the sternum, then flip the knife around, and use the gut hook to make a cut right down to the hip. It is just like pulling a zipper, and keeps you from cutting into the stomach or intestines. Some pocket and folding lock-backs have gut hook blades as well; the smallest are more hook than blade and are designed for birds and squirrels. They work well. If you like to buy good products off the shelf at the local store, you can do that, too. Frankly, many knives found at Wal-Mart or K-Mart will do what you need them to do, whether it is a

pocket knife, folding lock-back or a fixedblade knife. However, the majority of those blades are likely to be made of inferior materials. As a general rule, American manufacturers put out the best blades, no matter who makes them. In fact, Case manufactures theirs right here in Pennsylvania. No matter what knife you choose, base your choice on what you expect to use it for and keep it on the small side. Once you’ve made your choice, learn how to care for it. The best way is to learn from someone who uses knives for a living. Meat cutters and butchers are your best bet, along with trappers who skin and flesh their own catches. Observe what they do, learn how they do it, and then get the same sharpening tools they use to keep their knives sharp and functional for a long time. They can show you the ins and outs of sharpening a good blade and keeping it in good shape for a long time. Knives, particularly those that are heavily used, can wear out over time, but learning how to care for them properly will keep a good knife at your side for a long time. Knives are a personal thing. Just like firearms or bows, people have their favorites, and pick out what they like. However, if you want a truly functional knife you can rely on, pick out one that has a comfortable handle and a good quality steel blade that can be sharpened relatively easily. Above all, think small, and pick out one that is easy to use and carry, so you can enjoy having the right tool for the job at hand all the time.

This CASE folding knife is well-suited for fielddressing big game and has a case that slides onto most belts for quick access in the field. The handle slides apart for easy cleaning.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Keeper of the Game in Potter County
Like Father, Like Son
Saying Goodbye
Killing and Betrayal on South Mountain
Memories of a Beech
Junior Varsity Geezers
Knives
The Trapdoor Springfield
Hunting “Horns”
Filer Road Incident
WCO David L. Grove Laid to Rest
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 - Feburary 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Keeper of the Game in Potter County
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Like Father, Like Son
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Saying Goodbye
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Killing and Betrayal on South Mountain
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Memories of a Beech
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Junior Varsity Geezers
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Knives
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - The Trapdoor Springfield
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Hunting “Horns”
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Filer Road Incident
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - WCO David L. Grove Laid to Rest
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Insert1
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Insert2
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover3
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