Pennsylvania Game News - March 2015 - 11

There's something about the dark that gets to some
hunters. But it really can be a hunter's best friend.

I

T'S NOT something with which forced with identifiable markers and
all of us are comfortable. It's about portable light sources. If you know your
visibility for some, a reduction in hunting area, you already sort of know
comfort for others. Some dislike it for where you're going in the dark. Marknavigation, or refuse to climb trees in ers - distinctive trees, rocks, reflective
it. Others worry about what they'll tape - and a light, if needed, should get
bump into, stepping on something that you there without issue.
gives way or bites, or makes noises they
Where you hunt is an area you should
can't identify.
have scouted at some point, or possibly
I've known full-grown men who repeatedly over the years, so it's an area
wouldn't head up the mountain until you should know at least generally.
the sun was coming up and hunters Use this knowledge to navigate. Lean
who wouldn't track a deer alone after heavily on prominent trails and roads,
sunset.
utility rights-of-way or parking areas
Yes, the dark owns some hunters, to get you close. When you leave the
and unfortunately,
easy-to-reach places
it's a relationship
and head overland,
that can impact
use reflective tacks,
Associate Editor
hunting success.
surveyor's tape and
But if you can get used to it, and landmarks to get you to your stand site.
appreciate the value of darkness, you'll Use a light only when necessary.
likely improve your chances to get
Of course, everyone isn't always
closer to deer.
comfortable with the light off. But,
No one with respect for the outdoors remember, you're trying to get to your
immediately and casually embraces stand undetected. If you ever sat in
the dark.
your tree stand and watched a lights-on
If you live in rattlesnake country, or hunter heading to his or her stand in
where black bears, coyotes, feral dogs the dark, you know what a disturbance
and skunks run - most of Pennsylvania the hunter is creating. If you can't
- then you should be cautious.
walk without a light on, at least carry
Ditto for areas with abandoned mine it low, preferably below the waist, and
shafts, swampy quick-mud and homog- go with something without searchlight
enous or similar-looking habitat. No intensity.
one wants an unpleasant encounter,
I'm not a big fan of headlamps, exor to get lost or - worse - disappear!
cept for climbing trees. The hands-free
That's a matter of common sense.
business is pretty cool, but I want keep
Maneuvering successfully in the my light closer to the ground, where it's
dark is a product of experience and less likely to be noticed. The same apconfidence. It comes from familiarity plies to any light that illuminates more
with the lay of the land and is rein- area than I need to see. It's unnecessary,

By Joe Kosack

MARCH 2015

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