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A F T E R M A N Y D AY S and hours of catching nothing, the boys scored on a trophy gray with beautiful fur. I was excited and happy for Ben, shown here, but sad that Dan wasn’t along.

and his two friends were admiring the boys’ trophy. “Where’d we get it?” Dan asked. “In the set we changed from a coyote to a fox,” Ben answered. “You’re kidding,” Dan shouted back. “I’m not,” Ben said. “Ask Pap, he’ll tell you.” “That’s right, Dan,” I said. “You boys out-foxed the fox.” Once I was home I couldn’t help but reflect upon our exciting outing. Our cable restraint worked to perfection. It held the fox without injury. Catching this fox verified in practice what we had learned while taking the Game Commission’s Cable Restraint Certification course. Cable restraints are not snares — snares kill; cable restraints hold. Holding the animal and keeping it alive without injury is accomplished through the use of a relaxing-type sliding lock, which stops exerting pressure when an animal quits pulling on it, much the same as a dog’s training collar. Along with catching the fox, we had some near misses. We saw where both foxes and coyotes went around
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or turned back from some of our cables. Also, one of our sets had a broken cable with coyote fur in it. It must have been a large, strong coyote to have broken the breakaway stop. Summer and fall 2010 came and went, and 2011 was fast approaching when Ben came to me with a plan. “Pap,” he said. “Dan and I were on Flat Road, above where we set cables in January, and we found a bunch of clearings up there.” I told him we’d have to check it out and see if we could set cables there. The following Saturday the boys and I drove Flat Road to where the clearings began. From there to where the road was gated there were four clearings. We checked out each one and found some good trails along with fox and coyote scat. Right then and there we decided to return with cable restraints when the season opened. Two days after Christmas the boys and I were back on Flat Road setting cable restraints. This year, however, I was merely an observer. With the training and a year’s experience behind them the boys knew what they were doing. Occasionally, I would suggest where they might set one, and sometimes they agreed; sometimes they didn’t. They set eight cable restraints. At the first clearing, they placed cables on two trails, and at the second they set just one. When we got to the third clearing, the boys set at a culvert below the road and placed one cable at the clearing above the road. At the last clearing, they set three — two south of the clearing and one about a hundred yards west.
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 13
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
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