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18 yards away. Then the buck stopped and casually looked around for his perceived competition. Piece of cake, I thought, as I drew the bow and took aim. Or at least I tried to. As I peered through the peep I was literally blinded by a pastiche of bright sunlight and dark shadows — the steeply angled sunlight full in my face and the deer standing obscured by the long afternoon shadows in the underbrush below. Try as I might, I just could not see a thing through the sight. When the increasingly nervous and suspicious buck began to move away, a mild panic seized me and I quickly went to Plan B or, more accurately, unplanned B, and tried to aim while sighting around the peep. Forced to trust in my anchored kisser button and my un-peeped 20-yard pin, I launched an arrow, still confident I would hit the buck’s vitals. At the moment of release I heard an odd, wooden sound as the buck bounded into the brush. Looking down I saw a fallen branch still vibrating from where the buck had kicked it on his initial lunge. I assumed that was the source of the sound I had heard, but I had mixed emotions about the shot. In archery terms, it was as close to a “gimme” as you could get, but under the circumstances, I wasn’t feeling good about it. After the requisite half-hour wait, I ratcheted down out of the tree to track down my trophy. It was not to be, though. I found no blood and no blood trail — just a bloodless, hairless arrow sticking in the ground far to the left of where the buck had stood. I shook my puzzled head in dismay and looked back up to where my stand had hung — and the odd, wooden sound became apparent. A dead pine tree that stood next to my stand sprouted several
MULTIPLE sight pins can cause confusion at the moment of truth if the hunter is not focused on the situation at hand. It’s very easy to forget which pin is for the range where the deer is at.

broken, stubby branches, weathered so dark over the years they were almost black. One of these was splintered open, exposing fresh, white wood a few feet below where my stand had been placed. This stubborn stub of branch had intersected my arrow’s trajectory, deflecting it harmlessly away from my targeted buck. As I pieced this disappointing puzzle together, I thought of how a few “little things” had thwarted me. My inability to effectively use the peep sight, of course, was foremost among these. Lack of familiarity with my stand site was another. If I had climbed just one inch higher or one inch lower, my arrow probably would have passed over or under the obstructing stub of branch. Such small, nagging details may often impact or even determine the success or failure of any bowhunting endeavor, and represent the “horseshoe nails” of our preferred pastime. But for now let’s focus exclusively on the archery tackle itself. Today’s compound bow is a marvel of modern technology, with its wheels and cams and other bells and whistles, all intended to augment the task of harvesting a big game animal. But such advances in technology also spawn more potential horseshoe nails that can

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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
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 30
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 35
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 42
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 49
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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Crossings
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