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over the holidays, I would pass by Shamrock, as well as other special places that we had hunted over the years. Small saplings remembered from long ago turned into mature trees. Weedy fields that held pheasants and rabbits now held homes and clean farming operations. Shamrock, for the most part, remained relatively unchanged, but had gone under new ownership. Dad gave up hunting. The cold temperatures bothered him more as he was aging. We often spoke of getting together for a hunt, and had even contemplated a much overdue small game hunting reunion. Although I desperately wanted to squirrel hunt with Dad and John, something always seemed to come up and I would continue to put if off again and again. Dad even bought a couple of guns, mostly due to the continued pressuring of my brother to take up hunting again. It was November 2008 and I was anticipating going home for Christmas vacation. Living in North Carolina for just a year at the time, I managed to visit my family twice a year. I would have liked to visit more often, but it usually didn’t work out. I thought how great it would be to hunt squirrels for a few days after Christmas, during the extended small game season. Well, the time finally came to travel home to Pennsylvania, but the weather forecast through the period called for wintry conditions, with driving conditions less than ideal. As a result, I decided to leave my hunting equipment behind in favor of spending quality family time indoors. Visits always go by too fast as it is, and I wanted to maximize this one with everyone; perhaps it was also just an excuse not to carry the extra stuff along. Besides, I knew
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the hunting talk would be topnotch, as my brother and I always catch up over the holidays. Arriving home I discovered that Dad had sold the firearms he had recently accumulated. While discussing hunting with him over dinner he stated, “I mind the cold too much and just decided not to go.” I guess John showed more disappointment at Dad’s decision than I did. With all of the life changes occurring over the years, I had missed many outings with Dad and John, and now it seemed like they might be a thing of the past. I figured John might persist, though, and eventually talk Dad into considering hunting again, like he had done so many times in the past. We needed to re-live the old squirrel hunts, I thought, as it had been too many years since we had done so, and I vowed that next year would be the year. It was early February 2009, and I was away on a project in Maryland when I received the call: Dad had suffered a heart attack and was in an intensive care unit at a local hospital. The doctors were doing everything they could, but stated that the next 48 hours were critical. Although the heart attack didn’t do too much damage, Dad’s brain had suffered from lack of oxygen for some time and the doctors said there was a good chance he would not recover. The 150-mile ride from Maryland to my hometown embodied an emotional roller coaster ride, complete with visions of all the special times we had shared together. I reminisced about the many holiday seasons, the summers at R. B. Winter State Park, shopping for hunting equipment and, especially, the squirrel hunts. It turned out that Dad did not recover and we were forced to remove him from life support on February 19, 2009. As I write this story my thoughts take me back down the trail in Shamrock hollow toward Dad; John is already there with him. It’s October and it’s squirrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011

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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Triple Trophy — Thrice
National Archery in the Schools Program
One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
State Game Lands 93
Right Violators, Wrong Deer
A Shot in the Pines
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - National Archery in the Schools Program
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 12
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - State Game Lands 93
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Right Violators, Wrong Deer
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - A Shot in the Pines
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 48
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 60
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Crossings
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