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“Some experts don’t think even the .3006 is enough for elk, unless conditions are perfect,” Worrell replied. He was speaking of the old Idaho hunter/guide/gunwriter Elmer Keith, who for decades in magazine articles and books argued that the .30-06 wasn’t enough cartridge for elk, and gave many examples of its failures to prove his point. “The .308 is the most powerful rifle I have,” Zee said. “I’ll lend you my .300 Remington Ultra Mag,” Worrell said. It kicked a 180-grain bullet out at 3,250 feet per second, which meant more than 4,200 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. “That oughta be plenty for anyone, even ol’ Elmer,” he added. “I wouldn’t feel right using someone else’s gun.” “What’s the difference? The .308 might be okay at close range, but what if your only shot is a long one? After so many years of not getting a tag, you want to be ready for anything.” After thinking it over, Zee accepted Worrell’s offer. And after checking the gun’s zero at the Delaware Valley Fish & Game Club, he practiced handling the rifle constantly. His worst fear was of trying to work the Savage’s lever when he was carrying the bolt action Remington. He wasn’t certain he’d even get a shot, but he wanted to be ready if he did. As things turned out, he was thankful for the practice. On Monday morning the season finally opened. Zee and his guide stood in the dark along the top edge of the cornfield. If any elk had come in during the night, some might still be eating, reluctant to leave such easy food. As darkness gave way to the gray morning, two small bulls came out of the cornfield and headed for the wooded ridge. And bad luck — the wind had switched completely, now blowing the wrong direction for them. Zee and his guide edged down the woods line, moving as quietly as they could. As they looked down the hill, both spotted the big bull’s antlers and another bull
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looking in their direction. The wind was blowing directly toward the elk, though. They knew they had been caught. They ran down the edge of the field, trying to close the gap. The elk were on one corner of the field, the hunters on the other. There was no clear shot through the standing corn, so Zee waited, the .300 RUM clutched in both hands. Suddenly the elk took off down the hill at a dead run. Zee swung the rifle, staring through the scope, but there just wasn’t a shooting opportunity. Only flashes of the bull as it vanished into the woods a long distance away. “He’s onto us now. We may never see him again,” the guide muttered. That evening they waited and watched along the edge of the woods, but the bull never appeared. Later that night back at camp Zee saw several nice bulls that had been taken by other hunters. Most were accompanied by family members or friends, and now all told exciting stories of success. None had ever killed an elk before. As mentioned, Zee had brought his archery equipment along, and he set up a 3-D target to shoot a little. After awhile he noticed Jack Manack’s father, Jack Sr., wandering around the area. He looked a bit upset, even unhappy. After Zee released another arrow, Jack came over and said, “I hope you’re not going to hunt with that thing.” “Well, no, I’m not,” Zee replied. “But why do you say that? I just like to shoot a bow, and actually I’ve killed quite a few critters with one.” “We’ve had some bad luck with bows around here. I’d hate to see that happen to you. Jack tells me you’re hoping for a chance at that big bull. He’s a world-class critter, but one blown chance and your hunt could be over. Why don’t you put the bow back in your truck and concentrate on your
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 75 Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 11
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 19
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 46
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
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover4
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