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BRIGHT SUN glistened over a sea of diamond-like frost motes floating in the still air, while a soft layer of fresh snow covered the barren slope below me. From the edge of the field where I stood on that long-ago December day, the slope stretched downward close to a hundred yards to a level wooded area between the foot of the slope and the near edge of Mallory Run. In an instant I swept the hill with my eyes. The doe was there, lying in the snow two-thirds of the way down, with her head lifted high as she scanned the area below her. Without hesitation I thumbed the hammer of the old Winchester lever action Model 1886 to full cock, took a careful aim halfway between the snowline and the backline and sent the 45-caliber bullet on its way. At this stage of my life I cannot remember for certain in which year the foregoing incident happened. I do recall that I acquired the Winchester .45-70 in April of 1950, followed by a used Winchester Model 70 chambered for the .375 H&H cartridge in time for the 1953 season. So, the previously described event had to have occurred during the 1950, ’51 or ’52 antlerless season, some 60 years ago. During the preceding buck season, I had spent many daylight hours prowling the brush and timber growing on the slope between Mallory Run and the broad pasture fields stretching upward from the rim of the slope far uphill to a dirt road now called Ridge Road. During those travels I had not seen a single buck, but had spooked several does that bounded off, waving their bushy white flags as though to mock my efforts at being quiet as I worked my way upstream parallel to Mallory Run. I had always kept track of the number of hours I was in the woods, as well as the number of deer I had seen during those
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hours. Invariably, by the end of the season, I averaged a shade better than one deer per hour. By hunting in this fashion, taking a few quiet steps and then stopping to study the woods ahead, I had learned to watch the actions of the gray squirrels I happened to see. If they were seen crossing the path ahead of me at a normal leisure gait, then I felt I was moving quietly enough to spot deer before they were aware of me. However, if the squirrels were some distance away and were scurrying to put more distance between us, then I knew I was moving too fast and making too much noise.

I wanted that deer. I wanted to sink my teeth into a tender slice of fried tenderloin. I had been laid off for nearly 16 months, and even though I had been called back to work, money was scarce.
I thought the bullet would go just above her lungs and smash through the spine between her shoulders, but as quick as a bolt of lightning, the doe exploded from her snowy bed and within seconds had disappeared into the timber below. I was stunned. At the time I pressed the trigger, I would have bet the rifle against a dollar bill that the shot was a good one. Now, as I watched her flag waving from between distant trees, I could only shake my head in disbelief. What had gone wrong? It was an easy shot and I knew the rifle was sighted in to place the bullet an inch and a half high at 100 yards, which meant that I could be certain of a hit out to 125
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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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