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Hunting “Horns”
By Barbara McCleester

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HAD CERTAINLY put in my time watching the arse end of this elk. It was 11 a.m. when I first spotted him, dripping wet, head tilted, trying to balance the one antler still on his head. I knew he had just forded the big creek. Looking through binoculars, I could see the bloody area where his other antler had just been. He’d been with a bigger bull that had lost his antlers two weeks earlier. I watched them feed out of sight, noting their general direction. Hurrying to the creek, I glassed up and down the banks, hoping he didn’t lose his antler in the creek. The melting snow had all the creeks flowing outside their banks, and the water here was chest high and fast. I also knew I had little time to spare. Knowing their general direction was little solace. You’d be surprised how fast two 700-pound animals can just vanish. Making one last sweep with the glasses, I studied the branches littering the ground under the next cluster of trees. Something took my eye. Sure enough, it was an antler, all bloody on the stump. It was his alright, five long tines and two shorter ones broken off. Tying the antler to my daypack, I hurried after the bulls. The set that had fallen off the bigger bull had dropped within ten feet of each other. A friend of mine was lucky to find them. I figured if I followed the bulls for a while, I’d also have a complete set. Well, quite a few hours later, the drizzle turned into a steady rain, and the elk were taking their good old time ascending the steep mountainside.
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They would grab the trace amounts of fresh green grass peeking from last year’s brown clumps, and then stand and chew, and chew, and chew. At least the clouds had started to break up, I thought as I leaned on a fallen log. I had only about three hours of daylight left, and it would take me at least an hour to get off the mountain. As the bulls meandered out onto a pipeline, I was just far enough behind them to keep them in sight. They both lay down 15 feet off the pipeline, in a growth of white pines. I was hoping at any given moment “my” bull would bump his antler on a tree trunk, a stump, on anything to knock it off. I got behind a screen of laurel and pulled some venison jerky and dried apples from my pack. I knew the elk would stay bedded for a while; so I headed for a spring 200 yards behind us. I was glad it had rained earlier; I could sneak through the woods with barely a sound. I felt like the predator I was, moving slowly, each step carefully placed. At times it had been hard to keep downwind of the bulls. I put on two miles to their every one; sometimes having to circle around in front of them to keep them from winding me. By now the sun was out in full force. I shed my rain gear and stowed it in my pack. Checking my pant legs for ticks I found two. They were truly hard to spot in the camouflage pattern. I applied tick spray to my clothing and hat. Getting a whiff of that spray dang near burnt my nose; I could only imagine if those bulls caught that scent they would high-tail for the next county. Getting comfortable on a stump, I sat 150 yards from the resting elk and soaked up the view. When I was a kid I wondered
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 46
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover3
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