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honestly say there is nothing better to do on a 10-degree afternoon than to listen to a beagle bay while on the trail of a rabbit. I can remember back when I was in high school just waiting for Saturday to come so I could spend the whole day afield with Shauna, our beagle. Those few weeks a year when most people do not dare step outside into the cold, my friends and I wallowed in the beautiful harshness of it all. Those days were often full days of freezing feet and chattering teeth. And they were the best days I can remember. I was fortunate enough to live out in the country, so on school days when I got off the bus after school, and if I had gotten my gear around before school, I had about 45 minutes to one hour to hunt on our 20 acres before dark. I can still remember getting off the bus and hearing Shauna baying away in the kennel. She anticipated my arrival every day because when she heard that bus there was a good chance I would be getting her out of the kennel to stretch her legs and warm up her vocal cords. By the time I had my gear on and went outside Shauna would be baying for all she was worth and pawing like mad at the side of her enclosure. I learned early to put the leash on before opening the gate. Otherwise she was off to wherever her nose took her quicker than a prize horse on race day. It was amazing to me how her short stubby legs got her
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around so fast. When on the leash all of her 22 pounds would drag me along. About halfway through the apple orchard she had to stop to do her business. For whatever reason, that was her ritual. After this was done and we reached our destination it was time to let her off her leash. Off she went, tail going 90 miles an hour and huff wheezing the whole way. Sometimes when she would disappear in the thick stuff I would peer in and wonder how she could navigate through the brush at all, let alone enjoy it. Some days the end of her tail would get bloody raw, and as hard as you would try to pull her off the trail to take a look she would not give in until you finally cornered her and physically grabbed hold of her. Otherwise she would likely run herself to death. A beagle’s instinct would have it run to exhaustion rather than let that rabbit, that they are never going to catch anyway, get away. Let’s not forget that the rabbit usually runs in a circle, ending where they started. If you stop and think about it you begin to laugh, because both animals believe they know better than the other. Then add us humans to the mix and your stomach begins to hurt. Many conversations have centered on this subject. It is true chaos and I believe that the outcome of this “circus,” no matter who ends up victorious, is a mixture of whit and pure luck. Sometimes the baying would stop only to start again with more urgency than before. It was music to my ears. Although killing a rabbit to suppleGAME NEWS



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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