I took my cable restraint course yesterday.
They gave me one cable restrain (we used them to make some sets out in the field for the instructors to look at to see how well we set them up), a manual on cable restraints, the pa hunting trapping digest (like I did not get one when I got my license), and a temporary card saying I completed the course that is good for 90 days (it might have been 60 I forget). The game commission is supposed to issue a replacement card for my temporary card. It cost $15 to take the course (the course is mandatory if I want to use cable restraints). It went from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, while four hours my seem like a long time, the time passed rather quickly.
I missed four questions on my test (but I still passed), but I think would have done better if I had enough time to read the manual they gave me. I guess maybe if I have showed up before 9:00 am instead of 9:01 am I would have had time to look it over.
After the course a guy demonstrated trapping with steel traps (this has nothing to do with the course). One of the sets he showed was a hay/straw bale put out in a field by itself. Then you put your trap next to the bale, spread some straw from the bale over the dirt spot, where your trap is, so that is looks like it just kind of fell out of the bale. Next you dig a hole (like a dirt hole set up) under the bale in front of your trap. Put some bait/scent or some thing down the hole, and dribble some fox or coyote urine on the bale above the hole.
Today I went out looking at trees for a place to hang a tree stand. I found two possible places but I have only one tree stand, so I guess I will have to choose. One spot is on the edge of a field right by a White Oak tree with acorns all around on the ground. The other spot is on a deer trail (about 75yds or so from the first spot) within sight of a fresh buck rub (the only rub I have seen so far this year). The best thing is that when I was looking at these spots that I spooked out a deer in the brush between these two spots! Although I was not able to see if it had any antlers it was alone making a strong case for it being a buck.
To tie my posts together the two spots I am considering for the tree stand is about 200yds+ (or so as I am not the best at estimation of distant) of where I told about seeing eight bucks in a field.
Since archery season is fast approaching I decided to go out scouting for deer. So I grabbed my camera, put on camo, and sprayed on some sent killer.
I went to the knoll on a field where a few days earlier I had seen a herd of deer. Then at about 8:20 ish I heard some trigs snapping in the fence row behind me and to the left. Out came not one, not two, not, three, but SIX bucks. As they came out one by one, they started munching on the soy beans.
While I can not say for sure how many points all of them had I think that around three or four of them were in the six point range. With a few being from two through five points.
Then as the last deer came out of the fence row he took the time to look at me before he went into the soy beans, he must have seen some thing he did not like because he and the other deer took off for the other side of the field. They stopped there and continued to eat the soy beans, I guess the never completely recognized what I was.
By this time it was getting pretty late and I was ready to go home, so I started slowly backing up the opposite direction as the deer were. I did this for about ten yards, then I got the bright idea of turning around to look behind me to see where I was going. So, not wanting to spook the deer any more, I turned slowly around.
I got a very nice surprise for there was standing about twenty yards away from me was an nine point buck. He was just standing there watching me, I got my camera on him expecting him to bolt, but he did not. I set up my mini tripod on the ground with my camera on it. But by that time the deer started walking away lazily eating soy beans. Then ANOTHER buck walked out into the field this time it was an seven point. With my camera on the tripod I turned on the ten second timer (so that the camera would not shake any when it when off). Those ten seconds were a very long ten seconds, all the while the deer was pounding on the ground with his hooves (the picture that my camera finally took is the picture at the top of the page). After I took the picture I started taking video with my camera. Each time the deer’s hooves slammed into the ground he came a little closer to me. About this time I started remembering all the news stories that I have heard about deer attacking people. I figured I would have a really great video any ways if the deer did attack me. The deer must have finally seen me picking up some stones ( I was getting very close to throwing them at it to scare him away), so then he just let out a big snort, and bolted back into the fence row.
The nine point after hearing the snort looked up and walked to where he could see me. He looked around wondering why the other deer spoked. Then he just walked off into the fence row.
This blog will be about my experiences of hunting and trapping in Pennsylvania. Since there is not much hunting or trapping going on this time of year (except for coyote hunting), there will not be many postings till fall time comes. Be sure to check back then for updates.