2018 New Year’s resolution: This is the year that I will become deadly accurate with my traditional bows. I will practice form and shoot my recurve bows EVERY day. To kick start this initiative, I needed a new skinny bowstring for my 30# Wing Falcon recurve from Silent But Deadly Bowstrings. When the package arrived the first thing I noticed was That Smell!
Smart Deer? How smart are deer? A old friend of mine, Gene Failor, recently sent me a link to a forum post on huntingpa.com where the question was posed: Will a bedded deer bolt or hunker down and let an approaching hunter Walk on by?
In a shocking move the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) apparently canceled the 2015 whitetail rut. Hunters all across the state are questioning the purpose of the alleged move that has buckless nimrods from Pittsburgh to Philly hot under the collar.
So where are the bucks this season? Ask the Pennsylvania Game Commission because this season the deer seem to be underground and the harvest is well below normal. Some blame it on the balmy temps and the unusual amount of standing corn still in the fields but others know better. The PGC has yet to own up to this but the evidence is real. Statistics gathered from social media sites like Facebook prove that PA hunters are posting 12% fewer success photos and Twitter shows a lack of “tweets” hash tagging “#rutting bucks”. An Instagram hashtag search for #parut lends credence to the accusation:
Of 100% of hunters surveyed by YankeeHunter.com, 37 percent think the PGC is up to dirty work; 32 percent think the rut is simply late this year; 22 percent stayed home to watch Penn State football; and 15 percent believe the 1969 lunar landing was indeed a hoax.
Pennsylvania bowhunters bank on the rut to fill their buck tag and book their vacation time a year in advance for the event but this year, the rut never got off the ground. To further support “the year without a rut”, as it’s being called, the author was unable to fill his archery buck tag this year.
“How else could it have happened?”, says Rusty Harbanger. Harbanger, a Pike county Pennsylvania hunter for the past 30 seasons says he’s never seen anything like it. “I’ve been hunting since I’ve been a kid and never, and I mean never have I seen such a lousy fall rut.” Like others, Harbanger is convinced that the PGC had a hand in the deal.
Hot on the heals of a lame spring turkey season, the PGC is taking criticism for the alleged move. Some, like Harbanger, think that former PGC deer biologist Gary Alt may have had a hand in the rut cancellation.
Harbanger quipped, “I haven’t shot a buck since this Pennsylvania QDM crap kicked in. (Alt) wanted us to not kill any deer and I guess his plan worked. It just took a while for the rut cancellation phase of his plan to kick in. Well, it worked.
Stealing the rut like the Grinch stole Christmas. It’s just wrong.”
PGC press secretary Travis Lau has declined to decline to comment let alone acknowledge the 2015 rut cancellation.
*Author’s note: This news article has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the Author didn’t really see much in the way of bucks this bow season and failed to even get a shot at the buck. The Author is in fact a strong supporter of the PGC during years where he manages to arrow a buck.
I’m not a good shot with a bow, especially when it comes to shooting at a live deer. Even after 32+ years of hunting, when I draw back on a deer there’s a fog that comes over my brain that makes me forget most of what I know about solid shooting technique. So when this handsome doe came by at 10 yards, I made One Hit (To The Body). Continue reading Gut Shot!→
In many parts of the country, archery deer season opens in mid-September and here in Pennsylvania, the kick off generally occurs on the first Saturday in October. Drive through any rural area in Pennsylvania this time of year and you’re likely to see stacks of hay bales or shot-up McKenzie targets gracing backyards and clotheslines sagging under the weight of freshly washed camo garments. Continue reading Bow Season: The Final Countdown→
The Rick Welch Accuracy Factory rebuilds traditional archers, one at a time.
On the flight to Little Rock, I could not help but dwell on the comments I read on a popular traditional archery web site about Rick Welch’s shooting school: “Rick is a great teacher and a super nice guy.” “I wish I would have done it years ago!” “I learned more in two days with Rick than I’ve learned in twenty years by myself.” “Best money I’ve ever spent on archery.” “Best money I’ve ever spent on hunting- PERIOD!” Continue reading Rick Welch’s Accuracy Factory→