I believe our Bow Season starts on the 15 th. also. I just haven't got the bug yet. Too much other stuff going on. Do you hunt with Compound or a Crossbow??
I hunted Pa. rifle season back in the 70's ('73-'80). A legal Buck was a 3" spike back in those days. I harvested 5 deer in 8 years. Just what are the requirement for a buck these days?? I hear that they have changed.
I've returned 3 times since then but the deer population has been greatly reduced. At least in the area where I hunted, (Mclean County, Corydon Twp. near Marshburg) The last time I was there for 3 days and never seen a deer. The time before that was for the full first week and only seen 8 deer total, and no bucks. Kind of hard to justify the expense w/o much hope of a harvest. Although I have fond memories of that area and it has truly breath taking beauty.
You are right about the15th, but it's antler less only! I'm not going to hunt my stands until I can shoot a buck. In the area I'm in the buck needs to have 3 points on one side before its legal. I use a compound bow, but I do have a crossbow. Don't use it much, unless I'm on the ground sitting near a trail without much cover.
OK, that is what I'd heard. 3 points or more on at least one side if not both. Does the shortest points have to be 1" or any length as long as they are visible??
The last couple times that I have been there, we got a paper that showed the harvest from the previous year. The number of Does being harvested is always higher than the Bucks. By reducing the Doe population, the entire herd gets smaller.
Some years back, a lady that ran a country grocery told me that the state wanted to reduce the deer population to 7 deer per square mile. She thought it was an effort to appease the timber companies and the replanting efforts as well as appeasing the auto insurance companies because of deer/vehicle collisions. She ended up getting rid of all the perishable groceries and converting the store into a gift shop. Not sure, but I believe she eventually closed the store all together. Her main customer base was hunters and Trout fishermen. When the deer disappeared, so did her customers.
Really sad. Back in those days, my annual trips to Pa. was the highlight of the year. I cherish the memories of my hikes, with my Marlin 336, through the beautiful mountains and forest of Pa.
Now, Ohio has better numbers and the deer are corn fed. Hard to justify the time and money to go out of state. Not to mention what they charge for a non-resident permit.
Anyway, I wish you much success. Enjoy your time in the woods.
I don't anything in front of me, I'm pretty sure it needs to be an inch. I agree with you on the herd size. I'm not from PA, but I've lived here since I've retire from the air force and you can tell the herd size is smaller, but some areas have such a large population because of hunting restriction. It almost seems as they are basing tag limits on those areas. I live in area 5C and there used to be a very large population of deer, the almost unlimited antlerless tags seems they are based on counties that have very restrictive hunting areas. Its a bit confusing to me.