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bordering these farms, to shoot within their safety zones. Most were anxious to have the groundhogs killed and welcomed me. When seeking permission, I make the effort to visit farmers and homeowners in proper attire to ask for permission; I don’t just show up in dirty hunting clothes expecting to go hunting. Doing my “homework” proved advantageous, as by July 16 I had killed 301 groundhogs. Last summer, like some others in the past, was not without its share of police involvement. In early June, I was hunting a freshly planted soybean field that is accessed from a narrow dirt township road. I was sitting in the field approximately 300 yards from my car, which was parked just off the isolated road, when I spotted two State Police cruisers stopping beside my car. Fearing that something had happened at my home that prompted my wife to call the police, I hurried back to my car and asked the officers what was wrong. They first thanked me for walking out to them. They had spotted my vehicle in the isolated area, stopped to investigate, and after seeing a gun case on the rear seat, became suspicious of foul play. They thought someone had come out there to “end it” and were glad to see me “vertical.” On another summer evening, I had parked my car in the edge of a mowed grass field that I had gotten permission to hunt. There were some houses across the road from where I was parked, and I noticed someone outside mowing his lawn. I was wearing a fluorescent orange hat and an orange tee shirt. I walked out into the grass field approximately 200 yards and sat down to watch the other end
HERE are a few of the author’s favorite cartridges for hunting groundhogs. Left — 6MMBR with 68-gr. match bullet, center — .22 CHeetah with 53-gr. match bullet, right — (for comparison) .22-250 with 50-gr. Sierra BlitzKing bullet.

of the field. I had not been there 15 minutes and had not fired a shot when two State Police cruisers pulled into the homeowner’s driveway. I watched through my binoculars as the two officers got into one of their cruisers and drove right out through the field to me. They immediately asked what I was doing there and if I had permission to hunt. They said they were called by the homeowner who thought I was going to shoot his house. After assuring me that I was in no trouble, the officers politely wished me a good hunt and left. Another special moment last summer was when I tied my previous record season of 384, in 2008. When I first spotted that groundhog lying out in a shortly mowed grass field, I thought it was a long block of wood. Closer scrutiny showed it to be a very big groundhog. It measured 21 inches, from the base of its tail to the tip of his nose, and weighed 18½ pounds; to me, quite a trophy. Having the tie breaker and some extras in my tally, I then turned my attention to a new goal as the summer wound down.

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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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 12
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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 - 21
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
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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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