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cleaner. I hadn’t been able to get to that for two weeks. I started the wash that had been backing up. Polypropylene and fleece long underwear and waterproof Gore-Tex hunting jackets and hats took a second look at their label’s washing instructions. I soon had hunting clothes spinning in the dryer, air-drying next to the wood furnace and churning in the washing machine. Coldwater hand-wash items, such as wool gloves, soaked in the sink. My husband got more wood from the shed for our furnace and filled the birdfeeders in the backyard. He took the deer rack off the rear hitch and the two-wheeled deer carrier out of the back of the car. Then he settled in to what would occupy him for much of the rest of the day: cleaning our rifles. With intermittent pauses as I passed by on some other errand, to look at the rainwater and woods “gunk” he was finding beneath the barrel and scope mounts and in the guns’ working parts, I got on with my post-season chores. Like finishing up with the car. I cleaned out candy wrappers and empty plastic soda pop bottles. I carried packs, miscellaneous hunting clothes and hats, folding seats and the shooting bipods into the house. We had expected to use the seats on stand, but didn’t sit long. And we had expected to use the tall bipods while hunting down a woods path, but hadn’t done that either. Most of our deer had been shot when we were “sneaking and peeking” through the woods, but it was good to know the extra equipment was in the vehicle. Sweeping the car would have to wait for warmer weather, so I turned to the packs. I didn’t put them back in storage yet, as we might use them for late season flintlock hunting. I unpinned the licenses, which were attached to the fluorescent orange backpacks, to organize them. I don’t need to keep carrying the permits for the WMUs I’d shot antlerless deer in, or the DMAP areas where I’d harvested does. Just looking at the licenses brought recMARCH  2012 

ollections of the two small deer I’d shot in the early muzzleloader season, walking up on them in their respective WMUs during a spell of windy weather. The leaves falling and branches moving in the heavy breeze must have kept the deer from hearing my approach. The yearlings and the does with them jumped, then stood, and I shot offhand in both instances, short-enough shots that I had felt confident. My DMAP permits kindled memories of those two deer, one taken on timber company land and the other on a state park during the just-ended regular firearm season. For the first, I had stood on stand longer in the morning than usual, because the heavy frost made quiet walking impossible. The deer were moving slowly, and I shot when the second in line stopped in an opening. From the angle, it was a neck shot that penetrated into the body, and she went down immediately. For the second, I jumped a bunch of deer at the end of a mountain point, seven or eight, the most I’d seen in a group in a long time. A big doe remained to watch me over a blow-down limb. I had just her neck to shoot at, but the distance was short and she, too, dropped. Next order of day-after business was to fill out the report cards on my last two kills and put them in the out-going basket for Monday. I reminded my husband that he had to finish and mail his deer season survey, for which he had been randomly selected by the Game Commission. He reminded me that I needed to write the story of my last two deer in the journal we keep about our hunting exploits. I found more candy bar wrappers and uneaten candy bars when I returned to the packs, plus retrieved our GPS units and extra batteries and put them away. Our handheld communication radios, one of which we had forgotten to turn off, went back on their chargers. We also carry compact binoculars, and I not only cleaned these and put them back in the cabinet, but in doing so also found a “lost” pair I’d been
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 15
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
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 30
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
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 59
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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