3rd Fox Of The Season — A Red Fox!

The hay set is a really great set! This is my 3rd fox of this trapping season which breaks my record of two in one season which I set last year. This fox weighed in at 6 pounds, a little on the light side.

Last time it had snowed, I saw a lot of fox tracks on a trail running through a field. On this same trail earlier on in the year I saw a lot of droppings so I decided to give the hay set a try. After the set was ran over by a truck then another day being set off with no animal; I then made a catch the very day after I remade the set.

While I do not do it often, checking traps at night can be done and this was one of those times when I did check my traps at night. However, by the time I had walked most of my line my batteries in my flashlight were going dead. So, I ended up shooting at it three times in the dying light of my flashlight before I gave up and called back home for another flash light. The lesson learned–carry a spare battery.

Second Fox Of The Season — A Grey Fox

Now that deer season is over, I am starting to put out more sets and “freshen” up the existing sets that I ran during deer season. Last Friday, after it stopped raining, I went out and re-scented all my hay sets. The next day, I caught this in one of those hay sets!

The hay set that caught this fox was set about 25 yards away from where I caught the other Grey Fox earlier in the season.

A hay set normally uses two traps, which as can be seen by the picture above is the case in this set. The fox actually managed to get himself caught in both of the traps.

The picture below is not of the set I took this fox in, but it is a picture of a hay set like it would have looked. This particular hay set, is at a “four way intersection” which makes the chances of a fox happening by greater.

The Last Day Of Deer Season — A Deer!

The last day of deer season has come and gone and I have a deer!

After hunting on a SGL with no success, my father, brother and I drove to another of our hunting spots. My father decided to do a drive that would hopefully push deer into a small patch of woods by a power line. After dropping my father off, I got into my position on the power line and waited. In about 1/2 hour my father appeared and I had not seen any deer, the drive had failed to produce a deer. However, my father was not done, he walked another small circle into the nearby woods where deer like to lay. Suddenly dashing towards me on the power line was a lone deer! Putting my gun on it I made my now habitual glance for antlers, finding none I clicked the safety off and fired. Just one shot that day is all it took, but added to the last two days it took ten shots to get my deer!

While I am thankful for the deer, it is slightly on the tiny side. It was a button buck, which is a buck in its first year that has not yet grown antlers (so it is antlerless). Its small size should at least make for tender eating.

Deer Season — Fired My Gun Again!

After a long hard day of hunting with my dad, I again got to shoot at a deer.

My father and I were walking back to our car when I saw two deer running in the woods in front of us, so I walked out into the field where I could see while my father walked into the woods. Pretty soon five deer came running out of the woods about 150 yards away. After confirming that the lead deer was antlerless, I proceeded to fire all five bullets that were in my gun at that one deer. However, the deer did not as much flinch as it ran down over the roll in the field out of sight. After pushing a new clip into my gun, I crossed over the roll in to field so I could see the other side. Then there were the deer just standing by a woods line!

My father then walked the deer tracks into the field, past the point where I had shot at the deer. Seeing that he found nothing, I fired off two more shots at the deer as just as they spooked. I walked across the field and checked for blood, nothing. Nine shots in two days, and no deer with one day of hunting left.

Deer season — Finaly Fired My Gun — But No Deer

Today, after nine long days of hunting I finally fired my 30-06.

Today my Father and one of my brothers and I took turns driving a section of woods today. While in the woods we saw a lot deer sign, but no deer. After had finish driving the woods and were thoroughly soak from the rain, my Father decided to walk with my Brother through a brushed over field while I watched from the wooded hill side above. About twenty yards into the field a single deer jumped out and started running towards me, quartering away. A quick glance with my eyes gave me a 35% assurance that it was antlerless, so I looked at it through my rain filled scope to get be 100% sure of its lack of antlers. In the time of the 1/2 a second look, the deer ran about 3/4 of the way to the woods where it would be safe. After making sure that it was antlerless, since it was one deer by itself, I released a 150 grain bullet from my 30-06, while looking past the rain in my scope. The deer, however, did not respond and kept running. Just as I chambered a new round the deer then reached the brush line of the woods, allowing me to get one more shot off at it.

We then, checked where the deer had been and followed its tracks in the mud for 100 yards are so, but did not find any blood or any indication of a hit. The tracks seemed to be that of a tiny sized deer, so hopefully the deer can safely hide for a couple more days, so it can live to grow bigger.

Well, I still have two days of hunting left in the season, so I’ll keep trying!

5th Day of Buck Season: A Great Day

Today I started my day of hunting, by driving a patch of woods. About halfway through the woods, when I stopped for a few seconds to listen, three does jumped out of the edge of the woods and ran up a field. Now I know of where some does might be hiding for the start of doe season tomorrow!

Then tonight, because I was busy I did not make it back out into the woods until 4:30 PM. The spot I wanted to watch tonight was on the edge of a woods line boarding a field. So, after setting up so that I could see a bit of the field and woods at the same time I waited. However, the wait was not long, for not longer than five minutes later I heard the crunch of frozen leaves. Which was followed moments later by a buck.

It was the same deer that I had seen on the second day of the season! Which, also meant I could not shoot it, because of the antler restrictions since it is 6-point. Then as it walked along it started staring at me, so I went into total freeze mode. Soon, I realized why when I started to hear the crunching of frozen leaves again, but this time from behind me. As the deer walked behind me I decided that the non-shooter buck in front of me, would not spook if I moved my head slightly so I could see the other deer slightly, which might be a shooter. Well, I was right about the 6-point spooking, but the deer behind me did not follow my preditction. It took off running leaving me with a 1/8 of a second look at its head that left me with the impression that it was antlerless, however, I may have missed the antlers in that short of a glance. Now buck in front of me, decided the other deer had good sense in vacating the area, so, it to raised its tail and took off running.

Since I still had a little while until quitting time, I decided to stay on despite the spooked deer. Soon it was getting dark enough to the point that I was starting to think of heading home. But then I again heard the rustling of leaves behind me, this time though the sound was that of a lighter animal. Again I turned my head slightly and again the animal spooked. It sure would be nice to have eyes on the back of your head! The small animal turned out to be a fox, which streaked off into the woods about 50 yards away from some of my traps. For a few fleeting moments I waited for the sound a snap from one of my traps, but it did not come.

After a couple more minutes I went home, it had been a good day of hunting, despite the fact that I did not get anything!

Two Does Sighted On 4th Day Of Buck Season

Today was the second to last day of buck season, for Saturday marks the beginning of does season here in 2D, finally!

Since, I still have a few traps out to check, when I checked them today my father suggested that I keep going and make a horse shoe to drive deer back to him. So, after checking my traps (nothing in them) I snuck along a ridge line in the woods, then circled back like I was supposed to. Then as I was walking along a fence row looked ahead and saw two deer a good 300 yards out running as fast as they could. Cracking my scope up to 9X I got on them to see what they were, both antlerless and the one looked like a button buck, maybe.

So, that means at least I shall have deer to hunt, when Saturday comes around, instead having to count points.

My father also saw a deer; that he jumped off its bed as he was finding a place to sit. He, was not able to get a good look at it, but it at least had antlers he said.

Saw Five Deer Today, The Second Day Of Buck Season

Today made up for the lack of deer yesterday! Today I had a total of five deer sightings, most of them accompanied by their white flags.

The first deer I saw was either a six or a five point buck that came by me in the morning presenting wonderful shots more than once as is causally walked along. I think it was taunting me because I am no longer a junior hunter this year and could not shot it, because of the antler restrictions.

The next two deer I saw, were just after the buck came by me. I heard some sounds so I stood up since I was sitting down and turned around and looked back into a field just in time to see two white tails raised up high on the skyline. One of the deer broke left showing me a head, empty of any antlers, the other went down over the hill without showing its head. The lesson learned which I already knew — move SLOWLY even when you think there are no deer watching you.

Then tonight after watching a field until I decided it to be dark to see, but still with a good 20 minutes of shooting time left, I started for home. After coming through a strip of woods I looked over into the dark and just barely made out two white tails waving in the wind going a good 1,000 MPH.

Well, at least I saw deer!

PA Hunting Regulations

A lot of people seem to be searching the internet lately about the hunting regulations in Pennsylvania, so I thought I would put together some links to the PGC hunting trapping digest for the various deer hunting regulations. Notice: in order to read these you will need a program capable of reading .PDF files. Download a reader free from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or download the lighter and faster Foxit reader free at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

GENERAL HUNTING REGULATIONS

GETTING THE POINT ON ANTLER RESTRICTIONS

DEER SEASONS & BAG LIMITS

2008-2009 HUNTING HOURS TABLE

Mentored Youth Hunting Program (Kids Under 12)

STATE GAME LANDS REGULATIONS

Tagging—Transporting—Reporting (harvest report card)

Fluorescent Orange Requirements

And if I did not list what you need here is the entire digest.
2008-2009 Hunting & Trapping Digest