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stand, it stopped to test the wind, offering
a perfect broadside shot for rifle or bow.
But, of course, it was the day AFTER
bear season.
The irony was profound, and so was
the epiphany.
From now on, I declared, we would do
our bear hunting right at home.
The open fields, small woodlots and
broken terrain are not classic bear habitat,
but I had just seen a bear on our land, and
that was prophecy enough for me.
In the following summer of 2015, I
made a record number of sightings within
a few miles of home, mostly while riding
my bicycle.
I had several bears cross the road in
front of me. One day a bear peeked out
from the edge of a cornfield to watch me
pedal by. There was the one that startled
me with the splash it made while belly
smacking into a deep pool of the creek.
NOVEMBER 2016	

And yet another bear, a lone juvenile, was
standing in the road as I pedaled up to it.
It turned to escape but chose instead to
lumber along right beside me for nearly 50
yards before veering into a fenced pasture.
It seemed bears were everywhere. I
had good reason to feel optimistic about
hunting the farm come November, but
that enthusiasm was somewhat tempered
by personal history.
Bear season eventually arrived. It was
my 30th season, and I was entirely cognizant of the milestone as I climbed into
my tree stand that morning.
Cathy had picked up a flu bug the
night before, and planned on sitting out
the morning hunt. So, just like the early
years, I was out there alone.
I was hopeful in the way that hunters
are always hopeful, but I was not particularly confident. I resolved to sit in this one
spot, a natural funnel on our farm, for the
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
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