4 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 02/23/2007
Posts: 20
Pennsylvania Deer Hunt

Pennsylvania’s two-week deer season ends this Saturday, Dec.8. It was preceded by archery and muzzleloader seasons, and will be followed by several more “seasons” for deer hunting scheduled later in December. The “deer debate” will once again heat up as hunters review what happened or better yet what didn’t happen during the last two weeks.

I started hunting deer in Pennsylvania in 1961 and only missed one season while in South Vietnam in 1970. During those 45 seasons I have witnessed the transition from the “good old days” to the present “Wildlife Management Area” days.

Each hunter has an opinion about the current status of Pennsylvania deer management program, but there are several facts on which we can all agree. First, there are less deer to be hunted and fewer acres of private land open to hunting. Second, deer now are bigger – both antlers and body weight. Finally, we expect that all “hunting sports” will continue to undergo change.

My good hunting seasons and poor seasons are scattered across many decades of experience. To have a good season, all I need is an opportunity to fill my tag. Poor hunting technique, missing a shot or just picking a poor location to hunt has kept my tag unfilled many times. I still count some of those seasons as good.

Because I started hunting at a time when seeing 100 deer in a day was possible, hunting now and not seeing one deer during a hunt can be quite a shock. I don’t like it, but I am adjusting my expectations.

For me, the last five years have been good. This past season was great.

I hope you had a good deer season. If you want to hear about mine, then please read my story posted on my blog page at http://www.storytrax.com/node/1108

Offline
Location: long pond pennsylvania
Joined: 12/11/2007
Posts: 4
deer hunting in pennsylvania

hello jacksprate,my name is robbie and i'm new to hunting.i'm in 3D WERE ARE YOU FIRST OF ALL.AND MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE ME SOME HELP SOMETIME.sorry about the caps.were do you hunt???.

Offline
Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 02/23/2007
Posts: 20
Re: deer hunting in pennsylvania
screamin demon wrote:
hello jacksprate,my name is robbie and i'm new to hunting.i'm in 3D WERE ARE YOU FIRST OF ALL.AND MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE ME SOME HELP SOMETIME.sorry about the caps.were do you hunt???.

I have never hunted 3D or any area that far east. I spend most of my time in the southcentral part of Pennsylvania.

Just for comparison, I checked the WMA harvest records for last year and this year's estimate and it looks like your hunting area harvest rate is similar to ours.

http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?Q=171419&A=11

Offline
Location: long pond pennsylvania
Joined: 12/11/2007
Posts: 4
pennsylvania deer hunt

ok thank you.is the buck in the post a new harvest

Offline
Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 02/23/2007
Posts: 20
Re: pennsylvania deer hunt
screamin demon wrote:
ok thank you.is the buck in the post a new harvest

Robbie:

I killed a large doe and my hunting buddy killed a 10-point buck on Monday December 26th. The next day, I killed a 5-point buck. After two good days and three deer, we decided not to use the other two doe tags we had. We certainly had enough venison for this year.