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the main reason I was able to walk up on them was that I was moving much slower. I collected one more squirrel while on stand, and then one more on the way back to the truck. But rather than seeing game only after I got to my spot, the entire outing was productive. And actually, I got more squirrels while I was moving than I did while standing. Maybe this stillhunting thing wasn’t going to be so bad after all. An added advantage to the “slower is better” approach is that if you don’t go racing off to your spot, you’ll sweat less, which means you’ll generate less odor. My deer hunting spot (a ground blind) is on the side of a mountain, 300 yards from the road. The first 200 yards is up a fairly good grade, but the last 100 is steep and rocky. My biggest challenge in getting to that spot was always to make sure I inched my way up the mountain slowly so that I didn’t get overheated. And on the first day of buck season, with all the anticipation and adrenaline flowing, that’s a monumental task. I learned the hard way that, on cold days, if I rushed up that mountain and worked up a sweat, I’d be chilled within an hour. Turkeys are the most difficult game animals to walk up on, because of their wariness and excellent eyesight. No matter how good you think you are, trying to still-hunt them is a study in futility. But last year I proved that I could even get a bit closer to turkeys if I wasn’t flying through the woods in overdrive. One Sunday last fall I was walking in to my deer stand to check things out, and I chose to walk

(rather than drive) down the 200-yard grassy logging road to the path that leads to my stand. I had my walking stick with me and was going even slower than usual because the road was slightly downhill, and downhill can be treacherous on shaky legs. Also, with the excess of acorns covering the road at the time, it was like walking on marbles. The woods on both sides of the road were sparsely covered with laurel. I had gone only 75 yards when I flushed a flock of turkeys. I often encounter turkeys in this area, but the thing that impressed me was how close I was to them when they flushed. The nearest one was only 10 yards from me, just off the open road. There were more than a dozen birds in all. I’m finding that grouse are letting me get a tad closer now, too, rather than flushing wild. I’m now seeing flushes rather than just hearing them. But alas, apparently the slow-going does nothing for accuracy — I still can’t hit the feathered missiles. But now I actually get to shoot a few shells instead of just carrying them. They say that some good comes from everything, and I had to search awhile, but I was finally able to come up with several positives in the unpleasant experience I went through with my knees. First, I learned that my wife really meant it when she said “in sickness and in health,” not that I ever doubted it. She was truly there for me when I needed her. I also developed a new respect for those with disabilities and an appreciation for what they go through. And I learned we should be thankful for what we have, because it can be gone in a heartbeat. And last but not least, I learned to slow down when I’m hunting, because Dad was right — slow and steady really does win the race. 

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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
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
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 46
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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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