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on land owned by the Burkes. It was a
stand that might draw whitetails that were
feeding, or pushed.
On the eve of season, the sisters visited
the Month of Sundays Lodge to pray for
their friends and wish them good luck
on the opener. They also learned where
everyone would be hunting, to get a better
understanding from where deer might
be pushed and who might be shooting
in the distance.

A Cold Start
Opening morning, Sister John Paul
drove a four-wheeler up to the field

adjacent to the wooded ridge she would
hunt. A hard frost covered the leaves as
she followed her flashlight beam to her
stand under a barren canopy of oaks,
maples, poplars and hemlocks.
Up the ladder she went, tucking
herself in by 6:30, shaking off a pushy
breeze. She loaded her .30-30 with the
150-grain rounds she and Sister Jacinta
had reloaded, an annual undertaking that
started in the convent's attic, years before.
In the quiet darkness, she sat waiting
for the rising sun to defrost her surroundings and augment her view. Even then,
Sister John Paul logged her surroundings, creating references from which she
would use to perceive change, a talent
she honed through years of nursing.
Sometimes deer sneak in, but you can
pick them out if you know what belongs,
she said.
As the sun climbed over the horizon,
she reached into her pocket and pulled
out a string rosary to pray and maybe
coax some warmth into her hands. Upon
finishing, she finally saw her first squirrel. When it disappeared, she poured a
cup of coffee from her thermos.

Flying Doe

Sister John Paul's 30-30
14

At about 9, Sister John Paul had just
finished screwing the cup back onto the
thermos. That's when they came.
"All of a sudden doe came flying
- FLYING - under my stand," she
explained. "They were in a big hurry."
Sister John Paul grabbed her rifle as
she repositioned herself to look for a
buck among the deer moving beneath and
around her. That's when her unsecured
thermos bounced down the ladder stand.
Plump! Plump! Plump!
Well, that's that, she thought.
"But they paid no attention to me"
she said. "Something was going on. But



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Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - A
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - B
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Contents
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