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owls and the whinnies and trills of
screech owls. Know the piercing cry
of a rabbit being taken by a predator. If
you're lucky, some coyotes will go off in
the distance. They really perk you up!
Knowing helps you fit in and keeps
you focused on navigating so you can
avoid brushing against branches, stickbreaking footfalls and stumbles.
While you're sitting on stand, it's
always important to remain quiet in
the darkness. Use a red lens as your
pack-light to reduce your visibility.
Stay tuned in to every sound, particularly from the forest floor.
Remember, only
your senses can sort
out what's coming
or going.
If you're more
interested in daylight, breakfast or
warmer clothes,
you could chase
away an incoming deer. Many do,
every year.
The dark can sucker you into making
poor shooting decisions and encourage
poor sporting-arms handling. Both are
bad news for everyone with whom you
share the woods that morning.
First, always positively identify your
quarry as legal game in the available
light before you commit to shooting
it. The path to the animal should be
clear to ensure its visibility. This is particularly important with antlered deer.

Light-gathering optics will help you
with this decision-making. So, too,
will the animal's direction of travel,
especially if it's coming your way. Wait.
Let the animal come to you.
When you load your firearm or nock
an arrow in a tree stand, take your time.
Do it after you've cooled down, put on
your outer garments, finished snacking
and are ready to sit quietly. Any of the
preceding could distract you from taking the deliberate steps you should be
taking when you load your firearm, or
nock an arrow to your bowstring.
If you shoot a
deer late and need
to track it after
dark, one of the
best methods I've
found is using a
two-man operation with one man
searching and the
other holding a gas
lantern with half of
the lamp lens covered with aluminum
foil.
Perry County WCO Steve Hower
showed me this cool system when we
were looking for a buck I shot right
before dark back when he was still in
Schuylkill County. We got the buck,
and it wasn't an easy one.
Here's how you set up the lantern.
Wrap the foil over the glass on the
inside. If it's on the outside, it can
be knocked off going through brush.
Remove the lens and cover half of it

"I always carry three
sources of light at all
times when moving in
the dark without the aid
of moonlight."

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