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Ray early that morning at Beltzville. It felt good to be the passenger, and just being an extra set of eyes as we headed out on patrol. Ray did not have anything in particular to concentrate on that day, so we just worked our way across the district. It was nearing noon as we skirted along the Blue Mountain, checking all the nooks and crannies for hunters. I was surprised at how many hunters were out that day. Ray and I were pleased to see several groups of hunters putting on deer drives, which reminded me a lot of my early years of hunting with my family. It was good to see so many hunters out enjoying themselves.

We were on a road in Lower Towamensing Township that led into Eldred Township, Monroe County. Just over the county line we noticed several vehicles parked along the roadway at the bottom of a steep hillside. A good portion of the hillside was wooded, but it was surrounded by several large open fields. Ray mentioned that there was a paved road up on top, and it was likely that hunters parked up there and were driving the woods out to the bottom, to the watchers’ vehicles. Although during the late flintlock season hunters are not required to wear fluorescent orange, many do. As we
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scanned the hillside we could see hunters making their way down the hill. It seemed there were at least 20 in this group. Ray and I scanned the hillside with binoculars, and about 800 yards away a few guys came together in an open field and appeared to be talking. I watched one hunter in particular who seemed to be acting strange. I pointed out the guy to Ray and we concluded that because we could see them, they could see us. I’m sure our Game Commission vehicle caught their attention. At that point some of the hunters dispersed and headed back up over the hill, while others kept making their way in our direction. Most likely they didn’t have a roster, required when 25 or more hunters are in a group. I kept my attention on the one hunter in particular, as Ray continued to scan the group as they continued on. Ray and I decided that we would need to check some licenses and to see how the gang was making out. I remember Ray and I joking that we were going to come off as two lazy game wardens just riding around being oblivious to reality. Ray said, “That shouldn’t be hard to do,” as we continued to laugh about it. The hunter I was focusing on was definitely carrying a flintlock rifle. Just as he walked past the last corner of the woodlot he seemed to make an abrupt about-face and entered the woods. Because he was in camo and had no orange, he was difficult to see at times, but I could catch some movement. Finally he stepped back out into the field. “Uh-oh, Ray, our guy just came out of the woods without his rifle,” I said. I made a mental note of the location where the hunter entered the woods and
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Contents
Bob Mitchell Retires
Whitetail Predation
The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Weather Weenies
The Charade
The 7,658-Mile Deer
Late Season Rabbit
The Empty Seat
License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Redefining Success
A Miss in Time
Mixed Emotions
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 - February 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Bob Mitchell Retires
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Weather Weenies
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Charade
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The 7,658-Mile Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Late Season Rabbit
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Empty Seat
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Redefining Success
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - A Miss in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Mixed Emotions
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover4
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