A Yankee Hunter EXCLUSIVE*
Cumberland County- Pennsylvania
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.