SMALL GAME LEDGER

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mall game hunting for me is often as much of an excuse to go sit in the woods and ruminate as much as hunt. I am as bad or worse a small game hunter as anything else, but as they say, even a broken clocks right twice a day. I’m apt to enter as more nulls in this ledger as not, but as is the nature of this experiment, that doesn’t represent the sum of the game.

Date Animals Shot Animals Retrieved Sex Yield
Totals 0 0 0 oz
Date Weather Temperature Start of Hunt Miles in Travel Time Hunting Total Time Yield/Time
Totals 0 00:00:00 00:00:00
Date Location Ownership Shots Fired Ammunition Cost Other Cost Total Cost Cost/Yield
Totals 0 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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