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glistening with sweat, “There it is, warden. Like I said, it’s a long way from my cabin.” A 4-foot-square platform of wooden planks stood 15 feet above the ground amid the sturdy branches of a giant oak. The surface, littered with dead branches and decaying leaves, hadn’t been used in months, perhaps years. There was no bait here, but because Tony had been so eager to show me his treestand, I didn’t expect to find any, either. “Where was the deer when you shot it?” I said. Tony eyed me cautiously. “Why?” “I thought I might find some blood or scuffmarks — evidence that would demonstrate that you shot the deer back here somewhere.” “I can’t do that.” “Can’t or won’t?” Tony shrugged and studied his feet in silence. His refusal to cooperate was a strong indication that he hadn’t shot the buck near his treestand after all. I suspected he’d been much closer to the bait when he pulled the trigger, and I wanted to go back to his camp to look around, see if I could pick up a blood trail. We walked back to Jeff and Nando before heading for Tony’s place. I took a camera from my coat pocket and photographed the dead deer along with some close-up

shots of its stomach contents, then I took a stick and scooped a couple ounces of the pulpy substance into a plastic bag for evidence. When we got to the camp, I saw another buck lying on the ground by the side of the building. A nice 8-point. I checked the tag. It belonged to Nando. “Where did you shoot your deer,” I asked him. “Up on the mountain,” he said. “Nowhere near the camp. I can show you if you want.” Nando, lean and sinewy, was the physical contradiction of his companion. We started in the opposite direction of Tony’s treestand and walked at a brisk pace a good 600 yards from the cabin before he pointed to a fresh gut pile in the woods. “This is where he dropped,” he said. “Got him another hundred yards up the mountain.” I took my knife and sliced open the stomach. Unlike Tony’s deer, I found a thick, green, gruel-like mixture of leaves, grass blades, and other plant parts inside. It was obvious the deer had not been feeding on the bait at Tony’s place. Nando and I returned to Tony’s camp and walked down a series of steps and across a drainage ditch to the rear of the property. Tony and Deputy Pierce were waiting for us there. Scattered about were approximately 50 apples surrounded by a large spread of shelled corn that had been

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

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Whitetail Predation
Contents
Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
75 Whitetails
2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
A Question of Proof
Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 6
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 75 Whitetails
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A Question of Proof
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 27
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
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