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VERYBODY COMPLAINS about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Hunters and farmers are probably the two groups of people most attuned to meteorological phenomena, and even they haven’t figured out how to control it, so I guess we’ll always be at the mercy of Mother Nature. But those of us who hunt, fish, camp, hike or enjoy other outdoor activities have more than just a passing interest in what she’s going to throw at us while we’re pursuing our passions. I know at our house we always precede our camping trips with a thorough inspection of the weather sites on the Internet, and with good reason. We had a streak some years

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By Jeff McNelis
artwork by stan beloncis

back when everyone referred to us as “The Drought Busters.” It wouldn’t rain for weeks on end until we went camping. Then the weekend prediction for “sunny and 85” would slip to “a chance of showers and lower 60s” as we packed for the trip. And when we pulled into our site, we would see thunderheads forming on the horizon and hear distant rolls of thunder. We’d scarcely get things set up when the heavens would let loose. At that point the predicted “quick moving front” would become a “stalled front,” centered over wherever our camper happened to be parked that weekend. The most important weather day of the year for us hunters is the first day of deer season. And I’m going hunting on the first day, weather or not. In the days leading up to the big
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day, if we aren’t mulling over long-term predictions in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’ve got our ear glued to NOAA weather radio. And statistically speaking, the first day’s weather has a huge influence on final harvest figures for the year. My son, Adam, has an affliction but, thankfully, it’s relatively harmless, as he’s a “weather weenie.” Don’t laugh, that’s an actual term coined by the Meteorology Department at Penn State. They even refer to themselves that way. It’s not really a derogatory term, though. A weather weenie is just someone who is very interested in (okay, obsessed with) the weather, and in particular, bad weather. High winds, freezing temperatures, 100-degree days with 110 percent humidity, heavy rains, blizzards, micro bursts, tornados, hurricanes — they love ’em all. Adam and I do have one common failing, though. We make it a point every year to start agonizing over the first day’s weather a good week or two in advance. We know that the forecast will change almost daily, but we don’t let that interfere with our worrying. And we realize that long-term forecasts are not much more than educated guesses, but if the local weather jockey mentions, “A slight chance of showers on Thanksgiving weekend,” we hear, “A prolonged front will move in on Black Friday and linger till approximately the last day of deer season.” But that’s just the curse of being a weather weenie, and a pessimistic one at that. Our rain gauge is always half empty. I’ve been privileged to have enjoyed (or endured) 52 opening days of deer season so far and, God willing, I’ll have a few more. In those 52 years I’ve experienced the total gamut of weather possibilities. I’ve seen some fantastic first day weather and some absolutely atrocious weather, too. I don’t know if it’s just selective memory, but I seem to remember deer seasons past being much colder 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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