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unclebuck, I am in Canadensis....right up the road from you. I killed a turkey on my friends land right next door to you last spring, along rt33 in Snydersville....across the highway from the flea markey. My ex-boss owns land in Broadheadsville and has offered to let me hunt it. Just havent had the oppotunity to scout it yet.

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showoffyourtrophy, Canadensis is about 10 miles from the Wayne county line. Are you in the northern or southern part of the county? We are totally surrounded by State Forest, State game lands and National Forests too Thumbs up I love the area. My property borders a few thousand acres of State Forest land and if you got in your car it would take about 45 minutes to drive to the other side of this property (with housing developments scatered in between of course) but there are a bunch of other state land sections scattered all around too.

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PPHA is the Pennsylvania Predator Hunters Association. We are the reason you don't have to wear blaze orange to hunt predators anymore and the reason that buckshot and decoys and bait are now legal to hunt coyote too Thumbs up

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777 PPHA seems like a pretty cool deal. Every time I go out for the yotes and foxes I never have any luck,I've shot one coyote and missed another while out deer hunting but don't have any luck calling them. Maybe you can help here's my deal...elec. game caller(jack rabbit in distress),full camo,at night w/red spot light,12 ga or 17 cal and I don't have a decoy so I tie a turkey feather to a branch w fishing line a slight breeze will move it.What am i doing wrong and now that we can bait what will you use and how will you present it?

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I have a carcass pile on my land. I havent hunted off of it yet but I know the fox and coyotes come and check it out. I havent called in and killed a coyote yet but I have tried a few times. There are some seminars that the PPHA puts on for members and they have get togthers a few times a year. I'm fairly new to the predator calling but I did pull in 3 fox last year and will be trying again in the morning.
As far as bait piles I read something that I will try this year. Wire tie beaver, raccoon and or muskrat carcasses to a tree so that they cannot drag them away. They should return nightly until the food source is gone. Once I start trapping hard I should get them coming in. Fox pup in distress is supossed to be a great call. Night hunting isn't the only time to call. 2 of the 3 fox I called in were in the morning after daylight. I saw them from my stand while deer hunting and lip squeeked to them and they turned strait toward me and came all the way in.

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Unclebuck/Hunter777......

I've been hunting since I was a little kid. I'm 30 now and I'm pretty much a die hard. I got a couple of eight pointers hanging on my walls, but harvested all of them in NY. I bought 15 acres with a house in South Cannan, Wayne County about 3 years ago, and last year I bought another 10 acres adjacent to my property from a neighbor (25acres all together) and my whole hunting experience has changed. Having your own land is got to be any hunters dream, especially in a state that manages their deer herds so well.

I've been hunting my property for the past three years with bow and rifle, but finally decided it's not big enough for rifle season, especially since I got my dad and uncle hunting it as well. This year I'm going to try some of PA's famous state lands. I talk to some locals and was told as long as you're willing to hike far in the woods, the reward is great.

What do you guys think? Are the state lands over crowded?

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I hunted since I was 12 I'm now 32 and still love'n it.I've hunted the game lands , bith tobyhanna and hipsy gap and they always seem to be crowded and I've seem some pretty unsportsmen like things go on there.I bought a GPS unit a couple of yrs ago and figured I would go soooo far back in it would be good ,I was wrong.I saw a deer fall dead to the ground 160yrds from me and watched another hunter(not the one that shot it) walk up to it and shoot it after it was already dead and claimed it was his before the person who did shoot it could get there......That's not the kind of guys I want to hunt around.These are only things that I've seen I can't speak for anyone else.I would think about bow hunting game land thou.I also think game lands out in western Pa are alot better ...less poeple.

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showoffyourtrophy wrote:
Unclebuck/Hunter777......

I've been hunting since I was a little kid. I'm 30 now and I'm pretty much a die hard. I got a couple of eight pointers hanging on my walls, but harvested all of them in NY. I bought 15 acres with a house in South Cannan, Wayne County about 3 years ago, and last year I bought another 10 acres adjacent to my property from a neighbor (25acres all together) and my whole hunting experience has changed. Having your own land is got to be any hunters dream, especially in a state that manages their deer herds so well.

I've been hunting my property for the past three years with bow and rifle, but finally decided it's not big enough for rifle season, especially since I got my dad and uncle hunting it as well. This year I'm going to try some of PA's famous state lands. I talk to some locals and was told as long as you're willing to hike far in the woods, the reward is great.

What do you guys think? Are the state lands over crowded?

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Yes they are exactly right! If you are willing to take the time to really hike deep in the woods and do some preseason scouting you will be in a world of luck. I am orginally from the western part of the state and their really wasn't that much land to really hike back and when I say hike back...I mean deep in the woods for miles.........at least 2-5miles...that means up and down steep ridges and off the beaten paths....if you do this, then yes you will be rewarded dearly. I have seen some incredible PA deer taken in the game lands over in the east here where there are hundreds of thousands of acres to hunt. I have been in northeast PA for just over a year and I was always told by everyone that the gamelands are overcrowded and all the buck are small.....this is completely untrue....if you use the normal paths that everyone else uses and you only go a mile back on a trail then yes there will be other hunters and no there probably won't be any game around either. Get a good GPS, some topo maps and get off those paths and look for some good spots on the map that you believe game would use to travel, bed, feed etc. and start hiking and get back there where no one else is and there will be trophies back there. I did some preseason scouting before archery and found some incredible sign way back at the top of a mountain that looked as if no one had ever been there....a week later I missed the biggest 8 point I have ever seen in my life. Good luck! Thumbs up

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Struttin is dead on correct...But so is unclebuck....I lived in PA for close to 9 years and I have to sadly admit I met some of the most ill, rude, unsportsman like people that I had ever seen in my 46 years of life on the Game lands....I literally had to draw down on a guy trying to steal my deer. The guy was 100 yards from me....I hit this fine 10 point with my .444 and it dropped in its tracks... The guy took aim at my LAYING DOWN DEAD dear and put one in its head RUINING A BEAUTIFUL MOUNT then tries to say its his deer....The argument got a little heated (understatement) and I saw the muzzle of his weapon start to rize...This fool was about to try to shoot me over a damn deer...Luckily my training took over and I rifle butted the moron and took his weapon from him then got on my cell and calld the PGC and the Cops...This wasnt the only fool I met on the Game lands but he sure was the dumbest...But if you take the time to really scout and get WAY WAY WAY back in there where the foolish are too lazy to go then you will be very nicely surprized at the results of your labor...The worst Game lands I found as far as overcrowding and stupidity were in the south central regions,,Stoney and Mt Gretna...Nice Lands but just too many foolish non hunters that will stoop to the lowest of levels to obtain a deer...I was lucky enough after the first year to gain permission to several properties in PA and never looked back to the Game lands except for running the rabbit dogs...Good luck to you and be careful on them

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I havent had much luck hunting deer on the game lands. I just get too frustrated by all the hunters and leave. I have to agree too that some of these people can be very unscrupulous. I've seen guys hunting from thier trucks, heard stories like the ones above about guys claiming other hunters deer, I was invited to hunt with a group of guys that were doing drives and half way into the first drive shots rang out, I got ready thinking the deer were running now, only to find out this is how these morrons were trying to get the deer moving! They were shooting into the air! I left as soon as I heard thats what the man did. Brick Wall,)
Try to get permision on private land to hunt deer and you can really enjoy yourself. I think that the game lands are great to explore and you can find pockets of game here and there that can be pretty good but just not deer hunting on the first day and the Saturdays during rifle season. The rest of the year you can pretty much have all the lands to yourself.