Last Saturday Of Spring Turkey Season

Finally I saw a turkey while I was out hunting today, two turkeys actually. However, to my dismay they were both hens. It did not matter to some extent what the were though, because I saw them right after I stepped out of the car so I would not have been allowed by PA law to shoot a gobbler since I was still to close to my car. At any rate they spooked and took off running towards the patch of woods that I had planned to hunt. So, I continued to set up on the very edge of the woods a little away from where they had diapered, but never saw or heard them again. With the exception of what sounded like a very distant gobble I never heard anything from that spot.

Later in the morning at about 11:00 I decided to slowly move calling every now and then in an attempt to locate a gobbler I could try calling in. After going about 50 yards I made my first call since I left were I had been set up. My call was answered with a distant gobble that came from much deeper into the woods. I proceeded to set up at a near-by location that offered a big tree to put my back against and fairly good visibility. After about an hour and half when I called I got an answering gobble more to the left, but closer than before. However, noon came bringing quitting time without hearing or seeing anything of the gobbler.

PA Antlerless Deer Application Date 3 Weeks Sooner This Year

This year “the [Pennsylvania] Game Commission will begin selling licenses [on] June 15.” After which one month later county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer applications on July 13. So, make sure you remember to buy your hunting license early this year otherwise you may miss out on your antlerless deer tag if your WMU sells out fast.

Below is the “2009 Antlerless Deer License Application Schedule” from the PGC’s site

Monday, July 13: First day resident antlerless deer license applications accepted by County Treasurers (Mail Only)

Monday, July 27: First day nonresident antlerless deer license applications accepted by County Treasurers (Mail Only)

Monday, August 3: If antlerless deer licenses are still available, County Treasurers accept antlerless deer license applications from residents and nonresidents for unsold tags (Mail Only – first round, one unsold tag per applicant)

For WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D only, applicants may apply for an unlimited number of unsold tags, by mail only, limit of three applications per envelope.

Monday, August 17: If antlerless deer licenses are still available, County Treasurers accept antlerless deer license applications from residents and nonresidents for a second unsold tag (Mail Only)

Monday, August 24: Over-the-counter sales begin for applicants who desire antlerless deer licenses (unlimited) in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D

Monday, Sept. 14: Regular and first round unsold licenses are scheduled to be mailed

to successful applicants

Monday, Sept. 28: Second round unsold licenses are scheduled to be mailed to successful applicants

Monday, Nov. 2: If antlerless deer licenses are still available and the applicant has not exceeded his/her license limit, County Treasurers accept antlerless deer license applications over-the-counter

Antlerless deer licenses are issued without restrictions or regard to the Commonwealth applicant’s county of residence.

http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=511&q=176494#antlerless

First Week of Spring Turkey Season

Monday: Heard turkeys, but none showed interest in coming in.

Tuesday: Same thing as Monday, but different location.

Wednesday: Tried getting into the woods before first light. I woke up at 4:30 AM and got in the woods soon enough to see three pairs of deer eyes reflecting back the light from my flashlight. Heard a raccoon two different times that morning, but never I heard a turkey.

Saturday: Got up at 5:30 AM–when I arrived at my hunting location it was pretty light out. Heard one gobbler, but he seemed to have his mind made up as to where he was going. So, I paralleled him (he was good a 200 yards+ away) by going every 100 yards or so then setting up calling for a time then continuing on. Eventually I reached the edge of a field where a fairly close one gobbled, so I set up and called. Silence–then yelps from a cross the field. A few minutes later a shot was fired from the same direction. After that I waited around and called for a while, but never heard anything more.