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and hunkered down. I walked right past him, within 10 feet I’ll bet,” Malesky said. “But I stayed on his tracks and when they brought me back around he busted out of there. That was my first glimpse of a bear in Pennsylvania.” He kept after the bear, even as it led him down the mountain to the Clarion River and back up three times. Malesky finally caught on that the bear was constantly backtracking to wind his pursuer. Still, finding him was not easy. The terrain was steep and the snow made the going slippery and the laurel was so thick that Malesky found himself crawling on many occasions. On one of those, he was worming through some laurel when he thought he saw the bear. He pulled his gun up, but then realized he was looking at a stump. “I thought, geez, I’m never going to see this bear, so I put my gun down and crawled a few more feet and there he was,” Malesky said. He steadied his gun over a laurel branch and shot. He had no immediate idea of the effect of his shot, because the recoil knocked snow all over him. It turns out he hit the bear right behind the ear and dropped it on the spot. It was an 8-year-old male, and the final piece to Malesky’s first triple trophy. “My dad and I couldn’t move it due to the steep ground and the snow, so I went to get some help. I happened to run into
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the local WCO and he went back with me. He told me at the truck that every year he’s told by a hunter that the bear the hunter just shot weighs 300 or 400 pounds, and then it turns out to be 150 pounds. He wasn’t sure whether to believe me about the size,” Malesky said. “When we got near the bear he said it might go 250. Then he said maybe 300. When we finally got up to it, he was as excited as I was.” Incredible as that season was, it didn’t take long for Malesky to duplicate it. The very next year Malesky scored his second triple trophy, taking a fall turkey, a 214-pound bear and a 7-point buck on the opening day of the firearms deer season. Amazingly, he almost did it a third time the very next fall. In 1991 he had taken a buck in archery season and then a turkey by the time bear season rolled around. “I got a bear in my sights that year, too, but didn’t get a good shot opportunity at it. So I started following it,” Malesky said. “I chased it for six hours and eventually pushed it to another guy who shot it. It was a big male that weighed 348 pounds.” That was Malesky’s last chance at a triple trophy for a while. He gave up bear hunting for several years, due to changing work schedules and family commitments. By the fall of 2010, though, in part due to the urging of his 77-year-old father, who told him to hunt as much as he could while he had the time and health, he was back to hunting all three species. The season started well. Malesky shot a turkey with his bow. He followed that up by taking a 130-pound bear on the last day of that season. “It was funny, because I’ve only ever seen four bears during the bear season, and I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot three of them,” he said. With a turkey and a bear in hand, friends and family members began pep5



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

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
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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 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
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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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
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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 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Crossings
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