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these relationships will continue outside of our job, while others will fade. Life, as we knew it, will be very different. Bob’s announcement of his retirement got me to thinking about the history of changes in my own life since I began writing for the Pennsylvania Game News. I started in 1985, at the invitation of theneditor Bob Bell. When Bob Bell retired, I was very pleased when incoming editor Bob Mitchell asked me to stay on. I still had so much I wanted to say and experiences I wanted to share with readers. By now you’ll have noticed a shift in the staff of the Game News and, who knows, the magazine itself may change with that. I’ve been an outdoor writer and a magazine and newspaper columnist since longer than I should admit—the early 1970s— and I know that publications occasionally rework their editorial content. I’ve always considered writing for the Game News to be a tremendous privilege, even an honor, for as long as it lasts. I’ve been reading the Game News since the late 1960s, when I was introduced to it and to hunting as a “young bride.” Just as having a spouse teach you how to drive may not be the best idea, I was more receptive to instruction in the outdoor sports from others, especially the columnists in Game News. Certainly I learned a lot from my husband and his hunting family, but reading Don Lewis on guns and shooting and Keith Schuyler on archery helped me develop a solid knowledge base in those activities. I could read and reread their columns at my leisure until even I, a know-nothing newcomer, digested and could put to use what they had written. In recent years, these columns have been shared by several writers whose names will have the same meaning to a newer generation that Lewis’s and Schuyler’s had to an older one. I’m still happy with the .30-06 Remington Model 700 I bought about 40 years ago, on Don’s recommendation, and I don’t intend to replace that as my go-to for deer
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hunting. But just looking in my gun closet, I can see a history of change. My husband inherited his dad’s .30-30 Winchester Model 94, the bluing worn mostly to gun-metal gray on the barrel and the lever action. The walnut stock has a patina only the hand-polishing of hunting use can give it. It speaks of the young men, like his father, who returned from World War II with firearm shooting skills and an eagerness for the peace of the woods and the excitement of the hunt. In that closet I also see a syntheticstocked inline muzzleloader. It speaks to me of changes in the very materials that firearms are made of, as well as revisions in the way we hunt nowadays. Within my own hunting career, I saw the first Pennsylvania black-powder deer season, those extra days after Christmas quite an alteration from the then-current standard of two weeks of buck season followed by two days of “doe” season. I remember how conservatively muzzleloader hunting was introduced, at first limited to select game lands and then expanded to statewide. The inaugural idea was to use reproduction flintlocks in a primitive firearm season, and then gun manufacturers updated their designs for today’s hunting. The season was lengthened and was joined, as the Game Commission’s objectives for deer harvest and hunting recreation opportunities changed, to include the weeklong early muzzleloader season. This is why my synthetic-stocked, scope-sighted, percussion-cap-ignition black-powder rifle sits next to my becoming-venerable .30-06 and the more-thanhalf-a-century-old .30-30. As hunting changes, who knows how that may alter the composition of what is in my gun cabinet. I look back at the time when I first started writing for the Game News and I see the many changes that have taken place in my life since then. I hadn’t yet had my two cancer operations (currently cancer-free). Both of my parents and all of my aunts and uncles were still alive in
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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
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