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rifle? I’m not saying you couldn’t make a kill with the bow, but your chances are a lot better with the rifle.” Zee looked at the old man’s eyes and knew he was serious. The bow went back into the truck, and the next morning Zee and his guide, Tim Harvey, were back at the same location. As they glassed in the early dawn they could see the shadowy forms of elk already near the tree line, but in the poor light they could not tell if the big one was there. Fog began to roll in, and after several hours of not being able to see more than a hundred feet they headed back to the truck. Zee, Harvey and Couteret were thinking of doing a little scouting when Gary suddenly asked, “When was the last time you shot that gun?” “About a week before I came up here. It was an inch high at 100 yards, right where I want it.” “Let’s check it,” Gary said, and they went to a gun club where he was a member. Zee fired a shot from the bench. It was four inches high. A second shot almost touched the first bullet hole. He turned the vertical adjustment down 12 quarter-minute clicks and shot again. “Okay, we’re back in business,” Gary said. Fairly sure that the big bull was spooked, Zee and Couteret decided to ask another landowner if they could

hunt a wooded section between the elk bedding area on the mountain and the cornfield. Obtaining permission, they made a plan for the evening. Getting their gear ready and walking off, Zee forgot his chewing gum. Looking in his backpack for it, he came across a picture of his grandfather taken on one of their last hunts together in Potter County. His grandfather had always dreamed of an elk hunt out West, but for various reasons had never made it. Zee put the photo in his back pocket and felt more confident than ever, feeling he now had an ace in the hole. That afternoon Zee and Harvey set up in a hollow. As the hours passed, he reminisced about past hunts in the mountains, hunting with his dad, grandfather and friends. How on opening day they would do deer drives, and if lucky, harvest a couple of bucks. Back then there were no cell phones and fewer worries. Just being there was the important thing. Now, time passed. They waited. More time. They silently chewed gum. Eventually the late afternoon hours settled in. Then came the sounds of approaching elk. Eight cows moved into the area. The first three came off of the mountain and followed the drainage down the hollow. Two more followed, and then two small bulls. Next, a small 5-point came down the same trail. As Zee and Harvey watched the herd, more sounds came from above. Three more cows came down and behind them was the big bull. Zee’s heart beat in overtime. He watched the bull maneuver his rack through the trees about 75 yards away. Zee blinked his eyes several times to relax and tried to remain calm. They say don’t look at the rack, he thought. Yeah, right. The cows coming down the
BILL ZEE, right, congratulated by GARY COUTERET, got the new number one nontypical bull elk in PA’s Record Book in 2011 with a B&C Club score of 442-6/8.

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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
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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 - 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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 56
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - BB1
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