Pennsylvania Game News - January 2011 - 49
By Linda Steiner
Sometimes it’s good to venture out on your own, to go where and hunt how you want.
OU’RE A LONE WOLF,” my hunting companion said, his eyes widening in a moment of revelation. “You just go out by yourself and shoot something.” He was standing with me over the 6-point buck I had just shot. Of course, his being there negated that I was by myself, but I knew what he meant. Strictly speaking, I was hunting alone and, yes, I had just shot something. It was a moment of revelation for me, as well. I realized I like “lone wolf” hunts the best. I savor most the successes I make for myself. That day, this friend and I were the only two of the group hunting from my home who still had DMAP permits for that particular piece of public land. The others either had already filled their DMAP tags for the property or didn’t have any for that location. The two of us had decided we’d try to fill our DMAP tags, while the others hunted elsewhere. My friend isn’t much of a walker, so he said he’d amble out the lower path, a level, gated dirt road, and take his “usual stand.” I am a walker, and I said I’d hike the upper trail. About noon, I’d drop down the mountainside to meet him. Who knows, maybe I’d push deer toward him. As there were no other hunters’ cars in the parking lot, we would have to make our own deer movement, if the game wasn’t moving on its own. In the last few years, I’ve pinpointed that what I like best about hunting is getJANUARY 2011
ting out on the land. I’ve been through my treestand phase and spending hours on a ground stand, and I may go back to that type of hunting later on. Indeed, I know that with growing older, I will go back to stand hunting at some time. But right now, my legs are good and I’m probably as strong a hiker as I’ve ever been in my life. So I’ll enjoy the “sneak-and-peek” and “walk then sit then walk” styles of hunting while I can. That’s what was going through my mind as I started up the trail early that deer season morning. My friend and I had split up at the car, and now I was on my own out in the woods. My only responsibility to another person, my only destination, was to meet in a certain place five hours later. I