Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 54

Straight from the Bowstring
By Tom Tatum

A truism in hunting is that you hunt whenever and as much as you can. With that being said, though, it makes sense to pay attention to Mother Nature.

Weather or Not
T
HROUGHOUT HISTORY, mankind has forever been at the mercy of the weather. From meteorological mystery (facing a questionable forecast that creates indecision as to whether or not to go hunting) to meteorological mayhem (a ferocious thunderstorm that strikes without warning while you’re perched high in that aluminum lightning rod you call a treestand) to meteorological miracles (a trophy buck, stirred by a drastic change in barometric pressure, that appears within range), weather plays a huge role in the fates and fortunes of bowhunterkind as well. “You can’t do anything ’bout the weather,” a grizzled old-timer once told me. In some respects he was right. But while it’s true that we, as bowhunters, can’t do anything to change the weather, we can make adjustments in our hunting strategies that help us cope with assorted weather conditions, particularly those of the extreme variety. To that end, let’s take a look at the factors and potential weather scenarios that might impact our days afield with string and stick. Severe HigH TemperaTureS It goes almost without saying that bowhunters should dress for success. Serious bowhunters maintain a closet stocked with extensive camouflage-patterned garments to address each meteorological possibility. Lightweight long-sleeved T-shirts are the ticket when it comes to those often balmy days of early October just after the season opens. Short-sleeved T-shirts will also do the trick if you don’t mind slathering your exposed arms with camo make-up, which is why I prefer long-sleeves. As the season progresses and nighttime temperatures fall, mornings and evenings on stand can get a bit chilly. The watchword here is layering. A lightweight jacket or sweatshirt will generally suffice to keep you comfortable, removing it in the morning when things heat up, or slipping it on in the late afternoon as the sun begins to go down. A pair of thin, lightweight gloves will also come in handy here.
FOR BETTER or worse, weather conditions impact hunting prospects every day of every season.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Decisions, Decisions
Hiking the Elk Range
Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Out of the Fog
Looking Forward To
European Skull Mounts
You Never Know
Just Gittin’ Started
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
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