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and a spike. They were sneaking within 50 yards of me, trying to cut back around our standers. As I aimed at the large doe, I cocked the hammer and squeezed the set trigger. I reminded myself this time not to flinch and squeezed the hair trigger as I settled my elbow on my knee as a rest. Click. Nothing happened. The dreaded misfire had occurred. I cocked the hammer and fired again, nothing. No spark. I took the bottom of a section of tanned deer hide I had tied to the bottom of the trigger guard to wipe off any residue or dampness from the bottom of the flint. I cocked the hammer and squeezed the set trigger a third time, as the deer were still unaware of my presence. As I slowly lifted the rifle up I detected something moving above the laurel. It was the big buck sneaking back to the other members of the herd. He snuck through the laurel directly toward me and the other deer, cutting the distance between us with every step until he stopped broadside at 40 yards. I took careful aim and touched the hair trigger. This time the gun went off. The buck dropped in his tracks and began thrashing. The other deer finally took no-

tice of me and scooted off toward Dan, but they got by him in the thick laurel. I hurried to the buck, and only then spotted the heavy 7-point rack. I saw one of the drivers coming into view from across the valley and yelled that I had a buck down. Within minutes several members of the group were at my side, congratulating the flatlander and admiring the buck. I looked up to see Collin and his grandfather coming through the laurel, and he confirmed he had also missed the buck. I could see the disappointment in Collin’s eyes as I explained the events of the morning’s hunt. I tagged the buck and completed field-dressing it. One of the drivers, Brian, assisted me with dragging the deer to where our trucks were parked. After stowing the buck I drove for the others for the rest of the day. Brian connected on a nice doe around lunchtime. I often think about the buck and the hunt with Howard, and hope it won’t take another 30 years for this flatlander to connect on another nice buck.

Trapper’s Tips…

By Dan Lynch

Trappers enjoy some fine fall and winter weather during most seasons. However, due to the nature and regulations regarding trapping, trappers must be out in the field checking their traps at least once every 36 hours, and this requires being out in the elements during some poor weather conditions. Because of that, hypothermia — or a loss of body heat faster than the body can make it up — is a real possibility. Cold weather, wind and water can lead to this rapid loss of body heat, and both land and water trappers are exposed to these conditions. Shivering is one of the first signs of hypothermia, followed by a person becoming confused, clumsy and showing signs of slurred speech and lack of body movement. Even when air temperatures are in the 50s, hypothermia can occur. Trappers can prevent hypothermia by wearing warm, dry clothing and by having a spare set of clothing in a vehicle in case of a spill into the water. Wool clothing or materials made specifically for wet weather are a great choice; cotton and denim aren’t, as they don’t provide the insulating properties for most cold weather activities like trapping.
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Avoiding hypothermia on the trapline:


http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/920435/trapper's_tips_pdf

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

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
In Those Days
Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Late Season Duck Hunting
The Perfect Opening Day
A Moment for Redemption
Deer Harvest Estimates
Beware the Pogonip
Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
The Cadet
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - In Those Days
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Late Season Duck Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Perfect Opening Day
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - A Moment for Redemption
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Deer Harvest Estimates
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Beware the Pogonip
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Cadet
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 41
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Crossings
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