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had knocked over and spilled a 10-pound bag of shot. Bob leaned around the counter, peered over the top of his glasses and assessed the damage. That was a real test of his patience if I ever saw one. But, true to his character he just said, “Boys will be boys. I guess I should’ve put them up a little higher, where kids couldn’t reach them.” I assured him that nothing would’ve been out of Adam’s reach and that I should have been watching him closer. I asked for a dustpan and a broom and started the cleanup. Even though I didn’t reload, I begged him to let me buy that sack of shot, but he would have none of it. Bob’s shop was one of many of the era, but Bob was purely one of a kind, and the world is a much poorer place without him. As bigger gun shops began to spring up in the area, the smaller, more nostalgic shops were gradually phased out. The small shops never did a huge business, but they did have to do enough to keep the venture worthwhile. The bigger shops, however, eventually took enough business from them that a lot of the smaller ones had to close their doors. For most hunters, buying a gun wasn’t just purchasing a tool to hunt with; rather, it was investing in something that would often become a part of you and a part of your life for years to come. A good portion of the guns I now own are ones either bought for me by my father or ones I inherited from him when he passed away. None of those guns will ever leave my possession until they’re passed on to my sons, who, I’m sure, will treasure them as much as I do. But all the other “horses in the stall” are fair game. And a gun that I, at one time felt was the best thing since sliced bread, now looks only like “trade bait”
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sitting in the gun cabinet. I guess the “grass is greener” maxim really applies when it comes to guns. If I had been rich enough to be able to afford all the guns I wanted rather than having to trade one off to get a new one, I’d likely have a house full of gun cabinets loaded to the hilt by now. Today only a few small gun shops are scattered about. The one I frequent the most (The Old Pike Gun Shop) is only five miles from home, and just happens to be located on the road to our hunting camp. How convenient for me and them. More than once I arrived at camp, the proud owner of one more gun than I had when I left the house. We hunters surely are an impulsive lot, aren’t we? But Ron, the owner, also knows me and knows my preferences (weaknesses). As soon as he sees me coming through the door, he reaches into the case and grabs a handgun to set out on the counter
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
Confidence
The Smiley Face Case
Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
The Final Hunt
The Farmer’s Friend
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 - July 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Confidence
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Smiley Face Case
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Final Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Farmer’s Friend
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Crossings
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