Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - 56

Straight from the Bowstring The Naturalist’s Eye The Naturalist’s Eye ByMarcia Tatum Mike Raykovicz By By Tom Bonta By Marcia Bonta ENNSYLVANIA’S regular archery season closed on November 15, but that didn’t mean archery enthusiasts had to put away their equipment. The late archery season resumes December 26 and runs until January 10, 2009. In October, warm days and cool nights make bowhunting a pleasure, but in December, cold weather plays more of a role. According to information provided by the National Weather Service at the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton airport in Avoca, the 30-year average high temperature in northeastern Pennsylvania for December was 28.5 degrees, while the average temperature for December 2001 to February 2002 was 34 degrees. While not exactly balmy, these temperatures are not that much different from those likely encountered during the final part of the regular archery season. In addition, consider the fact that on December 29, 1984, weathermen at the Avoca airport reported a high of 65 degrees and it’s plain to see the last It’s Not Too Late — Late Winter Bow Hunting P season for tagging a whitetail with a bow is not necessarily the ordeal some might think it is. Granted, by the time archers take to the woods after Christmas, the deer herd has been reduced. However, late season archers may find deer easier to pattern because food is less plentiful and harder to find for deer than it was in the fall. Bucks expend a great deal of energy during the breeding season and can loose a significant amount of body fat. After the rut, deer once again concentrate on feeding in order to survive the winter, and they actively search for remaining food sources, and this works to a hunter’s advantage. Snow is a distinct possibility in December and January, and it may give away feeding locations. Oak ridges, logged areas, picked cornfields and wet grassy areas all attract deer at this time of year, and the snow will tell the story. The cornucopia of fall food is gone, but browse, crops and acorns, though scarce, will attract deer throughout the winter. One of the best set-ups in my opinion is near spring seeps and other wet areas where succulent green vegetation can be found. Even though there are ample reasons to bowhunt during this winter season, make no mistake, the cold will have to be dealt with — preparation is key. For me, afternoon hunts STILL-HUNTING can be effective during the late winter season, especially with snow on the ground. 56 GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009
Contents
2007-08 Annual Report
Untagged Traps
Field Notes
Conservation News
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - 2007-08 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Untagged Traps
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Crossings
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