Pennsylvania Game News - November 2013 - 10

D

AYBREAK at the Warren
County game lands rolled in
gradually, with temperatures below
the freezing mark and a late autumn
overnight snowfall illuminating the
forest. Swirling winds kicked up at
dawn and brought discomfort, but
I hunkered down between a small
boulder and a big red oak to hide my
shivering frame.
At first light I
heard the yelps
and wingbeats of
turkeys fluttering
down from roosts
among the dark
hemlocks across
the hollow. I tried
a few calls to coax
one in, but I'm
not much of a
turkey hunter, and
those old birds did
not respond. After
a while I gave up,
sat still and just
enjoyed being out
there in the big woods, all alone on
a crisp, gray late-November Wednesday, a rare weekday off work.
It was just me and the old Mossberg Model 500 12-gauge resting
across my knees, neither of us anything fancy, but both of us good
enough to get the job done, and right
and proper being there.
By 9:45 I grew impatient and
chilled, so I stood up, stretched my
aching leg muscles, slung the pump
gun over my shoulder and headed
out to explore. I still-hunted up the
gradual westerly slope of Fern Run
Hollow, stepping over fallen logs and
grapevines, looking for turkeys, deer
or whatever. At the head of the hol10

low I turned and hiked south across
the mountaintop toward the bench
I call Rocky Top. There the plateau
drops into a corridor of boulders,
vines, laurel and blowdowns - a
deer escape route from opening day
hunters working the slopes below. It's
a good place to make a stand on the
Monday after Thanksgiving.
Along the way I spotted a doe
and two fawns, a
larger solo deer I
could not identify,
and a lot of deer
tracks. The sign
was encouraging,
because the two
previous seasons
had been lean on
buck kills and doe
sightings in the
area, my chosen
buck hunting
grounds for the
past 10 years.
The thought of
hunting turkeys
slipped away, and deer scouting for
the upcoming rifle season became my
priority. I felt like a pioneer, all alone
on a weekday in the Game Lands,
with not another hunter in sight.
In the early afternoon I crept
down between two large rocks and
peeked over the crest of the ridge.
What I saw made me drop to my
knees behind a small tree and freeze.
Five deer cantered uphill right at me,
the lead animal fewer than 40 yards
away and closing fast. I clutched the
tree and pressed my cheek against
the bark. Only my eyes moved as I
watched the herd amble up and slow
to a walk at 25 yards.
Finally the first deer came in so
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