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On march 5, the 28th class of wildlife Conservation Officer Cadets was graduated from the game Commission’s Ross Leffler school of Conservation.
Good morning and welcome. My name is Cadet Philip White and I was asked to say a few words on behalf of the 28th class. A typical day at the training school would begin at 5:30 a.m. in the gym with our PT program, followed by breakfast, cleaning details and, on most days, 12 hours in the classroom. After a few hours of study time and lights out at 10:30, we would each retire to the comforts of our plastic mattress which, believe it or not, felt pretty good. As I began writing my speech I thought, How did I get here? Or, for that matter, how did we all get here? So, I would like to share my personal story. Growing up the youngest in a family of six, had it not been for my dad I would most likely not be standing here today. He took the time with each of his five boys to pass on the tradition of hunting and his love and respect of the outdoors. Hunting was a big deal in my house. My mom listened tirelessly to our stories after being out in the woods all day. As an excited young hunter I would always turn to a column in our local paper titled “Goin’ Outdoors,” written by Rich Walton, who was also a deputy for the Game Commission. Little did I know I would one day become his partner. In 1996 I decided to explore the Game Commission’s Deputy Program. I was contacted by WCO Joe Wenzel. The first conversation I had with Officer Wenzel lasted about two hours, which anyone who knows Joe also knows that’s a common occurrence. I had my first interview with Officer Wenzel in May of 1997, when my wife was pregnant with our daughter who is now 13. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a deputy. Met some of the best people I have ever worked with. But something was still missing. I wanted to be a WCO. I took the WCO test three times. Missing the cutoff by one point each time. Disappointing, to say the least, but I never gave up. I took a position as a dispatcher in the Game Commission’s Northeast Region office, trying to do anything I could to be part of this agency. So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to join the 28th class. My journey, although long, has been worthwhile. That is my story. Each of us graduating here today has his or her own story, we all have one thing in common: the desire to become Wildlife Conservation Officers, and today we have achieved our goal. I leave you today with a quote by John James Audubon “a true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children” Thank you
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011

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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Long Hollow Gobbler
Oh What a Summer
Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Become an HTE Instructor?
Ready for Reds
The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
Overcoming a Jinx
The 28th Class
The Last Day
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Long Hollow Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Ready for Reds
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Overcoming a Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The 28th Class
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Last Day
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Crossings
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