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no avail, and Jon was about to send up the cry to give up. However, for the last few yards we had felt like we were close and were hesitant to leave. Thin trails laced through the wet grass to bare patches where fresh hoof prints had been stamped into the ground. Oval beds dimpled the grass and fresh piles of scat gleamed like chocolatecovered raisins. All of a sudden, we halted in our tracks, and pointed down to the patch of grass before us and whispered, “It’s right here.” The club formed a ring around the calf. It huddled like a fetus; only the calf’s eyes, bulging wide and rimmed in a band of white, bespoke of fear. Not once did it flinch as DeBerti slipped through our ranks and sunk to the ground. He placed his hands on its furry side and we passed him a collar. We went on to catch four calves by midafternoon. The club members wanted to continue to search, for they were only one calf away from tying Jon’s all-time record of calves caught in one day, but we ran out of collars first. After an exciting day, we headed back to our camp along the Sinnemahoning River to start dinner. Over glowing coals, we heated elk chili in a cast iron caldron. No one tasted chili so good. That evening, we went out to spot elk. We nearly ran over two massive bulls that were bedded down in a meadow. They blinked at us, only their ears and velvet antlers floating above the bobbing heads of grass. Captured by their trust, we moved closer until they rose and turned their majestic heads, watching us over their blond rumps, then disappearing into the fog and forest. The next morning we loaded up our mud-caked van, reluctant to leave the elk range. It had been an adventure the Schuylkill County Student Conservation Club would never forget. As the coordinator, Sierra often struggled with the feeling that there was a lack of enthusiasm when it came to protecting and conserving wild lands and animals in
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our county and state, especially among youth. Yet a trip to the elk range gave her hope, not only for the future of her small club of teenagers in Schuylkill County, but also for youngsters all over the country. Slowly, they were instilled with a greater appreciation for the natural world. It’s teenagers like these, who participated in scientific research and directly observed how all living things are tied in an intricate web, that grow up to respect wild lands and wild animals. Today,  Sierra’s  best  friend,  Bri  Rudinsky,  has  gone  on  to  graduate  from  Unity College in Maine with a degree in  Wildlife  Studies,  and  is  working  at  the  Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge. Sierra shifted her sights from wildlife  biology and majored in anthropology at  Temple University Honors and went on  to found an Outdoor Club at Temple with  200 members strong, and continued to do  conservation  work  in  the  city  of  Philadelphia.  Sierra  plans  to  go  to  graduate  school for geography and work in conflict  resolution  with  the  national  park/forest  service. She was a two-time recipient of  the Udall Scholarship for her conservation  and environmental work. It’s  easy  to  say  that  calf  catching  in  Pennsylvania’s elk range with Jon DeBerti  impacted these students’ lives and helped  influence  the  kind  of  work  they  have  dedicated their lives to, in hopes of making  a positive difference in our world. We all  need mentors, heroes, people to look up  to, who extend a hand and are unselfish  with their time and their passion. To think  that this experience was only one in a long  list of exchanges that Jon DeBerti enjoyed  in his 10 years working in the elk range.  The countless number of people (let alone  wild creatures) who have felt Jon’s positive influence rippling out is staggering.    Although we will miss his presence, we  have  all  been  positively  and  irreversible  changed for the better because of him. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
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 - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
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