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each year. Despite all the attention the big
buck hotspots of Kansas, Iowa and Illinois receive, there are more deer hunters
in the northern half of Pennsylvania come
the Monday after Thanksgiving than in
any of those other destinations statewide
throughout the entire season. Businesses
open and schools close for the "first day
of buck" here.
A large part of the northern tier's
draw can be attributed to hunter access.
Public land in the form of dozens of
state forests and game lands abounds. In
north-central Pennsylvania, the Sproul,
Tiadaghton, Susquehannock and Tioga
state forests alone stretch across nine
counties and include nearly 900,000
acres-virtually all open to hunting.
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This is a land densely wooded and thinly
populated, especially by Eastern standards: Approximately 450 square miles
of Sproul are without permanent residences, electricity and telephone service.
Just as alluring is the terrain. Most of
the region is geologically characterized
as the Deep Valleys Section of the Appalachian Plateaus Province, and a glance
at the topography shows the description
is fitting. Hills rise steeply to 2,000 feet
from the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and its major tributaries
such as Pine, Young Woman's and Kettle
creeks. The big woods-mixed stands of
mostly oak, maple and pine connected by
expansive flats of mountain laurel-are
cut by narrow hollows with enough gradient that the tiny streams at their bottoms rush with white noise that a hunter
can hear-and guide himself by-from
hundreds of yards away. Flattened onto
a two-dimensional topo map the curving
hills and drainages look like a maze, and
the whitetail bucks navigate it expertly.
These bucks and the challenge of hunting them in big, wild country prompted
about a dozen farmers and factory workers to pool their resources in the late 1940s
and form the Water Hole Camp. As most
of them resided near the town of Milton
about 70 miles away, in those days a good

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