Category Archives: Deer Hunting

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 or download the lighter and faster Foxit reader free at





Mentored Youth Hunting Program (Kids Under 12)


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

Getting Ready For Deer Season

Deer Season starts next Monday! Well, buck does anyways here in WMU 2D this year we do not get a chance at the does until the first Saturday.

This year will be my first year that I am not a junior hunter which will mean that I will have to abide by the antler restrictions placed by the PGC. With the antlers restrictions a legal buck for me will now need at least 4 points on each side. There have been bigger bucks in recent years, so hopefully I will be able to find one the fits the description.

Well, I need to get my things around and set my alarm for tomorrow!

Update On My Trapping — More Duke Traps — Fox and Coyote Tracks

So far this season I have caught the fox, I previously posted about, and a possum I caught just last Wednesday. There have been a lot of fox tracks around though so the fox are there. In preparation for deer season I will be pulling most if not all of my traps that way I will not needlessly stir the deer up during the season. Also its not as much fun checking traps in the middle of the night when you are tired from hunting all day. After deer season I want to put out more hay sets for fox and expand my water trapping.

A couple weeks back I added to my collection of traps 1 160 and 6 110 body gripping traps in hopes getting started in water trapping, which I have never done before. I also bought 6 #1 1/2 duke coil spring traps to help make lots of hay sets for fox.

Currently, I have the 160 trap at the end of a slide on a creek bank where I saw raccoon tracks in the snow the other day. The 110s, however, I am having trouble finding muskrat sign to set on. Whether the stream or just the part of the stream I am trapping does not have them, or I just am not seeing their sign I do not know. After deer season I plan on trapping more of the stream, hopefully I will find muskrat sign to set on then.

On a path going through a field I have been noticing mixed among the fox tracks a few larger canine tracks. While, I have never really seen any coyote tracks, in the area where I trap, before I think I might have a coyote to trap judging from the tracks. Either I will have to wait until cable restraint season or buy some bigger traps though, since I have nothing big enough to hold anything, but a small coyote.

I missed a doe by a 1/2 second

In the evening of November the 3rd I sat in my tree stand. Towards sundown I started hearing sounds like some thing coming through the brush in front of me, so I stood up. Then I started hearing what sounded like a squirrel behind me, but when I turned and looked it was a doe. It was walking from behind the tree to the front of the tree, but I must have moved a little when I turned around to look at it, because it kept looking at me. I just held as still as I could and tried to get my bow up when it was not looking. Finally it stopped just a little bit in front of me and stared at me. By then I my bow was pointed at the sky at about 1/4 draw. I decided that the deer would not stand much longer and that I had better just quickly pull the bow back and fire. Well, I got the bow pulled back, but before the front sight pin found the belly of the deer it bolted. Not wanting to take a running shot I did not even try shooting.

The First Day

Well, last Saturday (sept 29) was the first day of archery season. So I dragged myself out of bed a 5:10 AM, ate a bowl of corn checks and started the long walk. When I say long walk I do not mean 100 yards I mean a little OVER 1/2 mile. As I walked into a field, the same field as the one I saw the deer in the previous post, I saw the silhouettes of two “things” up above me in the moon light. While I have no idea of what these two silhouettes where they very well may have been two deer.

So I continued on walking through the field to my tree stand. After walking past the tail in the woods leading to my tree stand, I crashed through the brush to find the trail. After finding the trail by moon light and an LED flash light, I soon came to my tree stand and safely got into it in the dark. Now in my tree stand and starting time just about there I was all set for the deer to come. If only I had not alerted all the deer in a 20 mile radius by crashing through the brush.

As day light came I saw a either a raccoon or a porcupine walking along. Then I saw millions of robins playing in the trees flying back an forth from tree to tree. Then a little before 11:00 AM my cellphone rang, good thing I had it on vibrate, of course not wanting to talk and scare all of the deer away I did not answer. It was my Mother I later found out wanting to see if I was all right and not lying dead on the ground because I caught pneumonia and fell out of my tree stand.

Since it was getting towards noon time I decided to come down and go home.

I went out again in the evening, but all I saw was a ground hog. I saw another hunter to who stood up right in front of me. Wow does camo work good I never even saw him tell he moved!

Well, I despite not really seeing any deer I had a good first day of archery hunting. Maybe I’ll get some thing some other day!