Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 1

VER DREAM of hitting Powerball? I do. Oh, the things I would do. For certain, this would be the last installment of the Life and Times series. I’m sure my two dedicated fans would be disappointed; but, hey, those are the breaks. Granted, I don’t live in poverty and I’m pretty sure of my next meal, but not having to worry about everyday things anymore is very appealing. So what if I did live the “hard” life? What if I wasn’t sure of how I would keep my family fed and warm through the winter? What if the grocery store was the great outdoors and the shelves were barely stocked? This might be my situation if I had lived in Europe during the era of colonization. Depleted resources at home and unknown riches abroad spurred the exploration and “discovery” of new worlds. And if I was lucky, I would survive the 5-month journey across the Atlantic and in doing so “hit the jackpot.” As you well know, life was not all roses and daisies for colonists of the New World. But the treasures that it held were beyond anything they dreamed of in their homeland. In 1682, when William Penn arrived in his newly acquired

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province, he was flabbergasted at the natural wealth he found. He wrote that elk, deer, raccoons, beaver, rabbits, turkeys and pigeons were so plentiful that “they run in droves into the house in cold weather.” Well, I’m not quite sure I believe that but, the fact is, Pennsylvania was teaming with wildlife, and the effort required to obtain it was far less than anything experienced in the Old World. The population in Pennsylvania hit 300,000 by 1776, a 500 percent increase in just 60 years. And the colonists did what anyone would do if they hit the lottery. They spent their money. Deer were abundant and a primary food source. The venison that was not sold or traded was salted and used by the colonists themselves. In time, Penn’s Woods were transformed for agriculture, providing even more food for the growing numbers of residents of the commonwealth. The natural resource account was busting at the seams and the bank was always open. No one was turned away. Colonists had everything they needed and apparently all they really had to do was leave the door open on a cold night to wake up to a house full of game. What could go wrong?

By J. T. Fleegle
PGC Wildlife Biologist

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

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Public Input and Deer Management
Doodles Along the Delaware
Driving
Room 204
2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Need a Life Jacket?
The Legacy From A to Z
Hunter Access Liability Protection
Thanksgiving Bear
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 - November 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Public Input and Deer Management
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Doodles Along the Delaware
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Driving
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Room 204
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Need a Life Jacket?
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Legacy From A to Z
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Hunter Access Liability Protection
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Thanksgiving Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - bb2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Cover3
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