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ing goods store to purchase the rifle that he knew Dad had been admiring for some time but could barely afford, only to find out that Dad had just been there and purchased the rifle for himself. Chester then made it his gift by giving Dad what he paid for it — $150, which was a lot of money back then. Chester then raised the bar by outfitting Dad with a complete Woolrich outfit (the Pennsylvania tuxedo), and a nice case for the new rifle. Dad has carried that rifle in the deer woods every year since, and I’ve witnessed many deer harvests that he’s made with it. For years I marveled at how my dad could make one box of ammunition literally last a couple decades. He never bought ammunition. He also never tinkered with the rifle or the scope. He never sighted it in, either. He just went out and killed deer with it. One shot, usually to the neck, so as to not ruin too much meat, and another harvested deer was typically how things went each deer season. For 50 years Chrome Dome harvested deer with pinpoint accuracy with that rifle, and set an example for me with his patience in the woods, staying still and taking a good well-placed shot when it was presented. I also learned many other deer hunting lessons from him, such as being sure of the target before pulling the trigger. In a sense, Dad’s legacy as an exceptional deer hunter had already been written many times over. In his mind, however, there was still something missing, something yet to be accomplished. Dad had often confided in me and others that he really wanted to culminate his deer hunting career with something tangible that he could leave behind — a trophy on the wall, just like Chester’s. He had always been proud of Chester’s mount and wanted future generations to be able to look
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at one he had taken and ask who harvested the deer. Those of us who hunted with him these past few years knew that he now carried that old Sako .308 to harvest a trophy buck he could put on the wall. It was also evident that each year it was getting more difficult for him to get out, and this year, with nagging leg pain after his knee replacement, he seemed to have even more difficulty getting around. After dinner on Sunday afternoon before the opener, I talked him into taking me out to show me exactly where he would be hunting the next day. We went out across the fields adjacent to the old farmhouse to look at two spots that he said he would likely be at. One stand was on a fencerow overlooking a woodlot where deer moved as they were pressured from Big Ridge, down into the valley, and on over to Jacks Mountain. Heavy trails crossed the field and through the fencerow toward the woodlot nearby. Surrounding the woodlot were lots of places a big whitetail buck could hide as well. Overgrown fields, brushy thickets and high fencerows all contributed to the patchwork of cover and hiding places for deer to stay secluded from orange-clad hunters. The other stand location Dad showed me was close by, on his own property, overlooking the other side of the woodlot to the west, while keeping in view his own meadow to the east, an old mill race that he had allowed to become overgrown for just this purpose. Our talk that day also included the possibility of getting a chance at a big buck that several neighbors had been seeing throughout the summer and early autumn, and had undoubtedly been the one that left the huge muddy hoof prints on Dad’s asphalt lane one rainy night. Dad’s stand selections, we thought, just might provide that chance encounter. At 4 a.m. on the 2010 firearm season opener, Bob and I joined Chrome Dome,
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 43
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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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