The first day of buck season has come and gone, but I have yet to see a deer. On a positive side I saw a grey fox this morning, so I still had a good day. Others who I was hunting with today though, saw four does and two bucks. No one shot at the bucks, but supposedly they where at least close to being legal; of course it can be hard to count points on a running deer.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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!