Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 56

Straight from the Bowstring Straight from the Bowstring The Naturalist’s Eye The Naturalist’s The Naturalist’s Eye By Tom Tatum By Tom Tatum By Marcia Bonta By Marcia Bonta By Marcia Bonta What? No Rut? S EVERY VETERAN bowhunter will testify, the best time to collect that antlered trophy of a lifetime is during a stage of the rut when hormonal surges may render the most cautious heavy-racked bucks as vulnerable as Superman is to kryptonite. When a rutting buck goes into his sex driven “stupid” mode, the savvy bowhunter can call on a hefty backpack full of tricks to coax that lovesick bruiser into making a fatal mistake. Every bowhunter worthy of the name keeps a wide variety of scents, calls and rattling devices close at hand to help seal the deal when the woods come alive with rutting bucks. This scenario, with an endless parade of hormone-addled bucks carelessly trudging under a treestand is the rutting nirvana every bowhunter dreams about. There’s just one slight problem with this scenario — it seldom actually happens that way. Just as with comedy, timing is everything here. Pennsylvania’s fall bowhunting season generally stretches from the end of September through mid-November. This is later followed by the winter season, which traditionally opens on December 26 and runs for about two weeks. So do the math — the sum of those seasons totals a generous eight weeks of bowhunting opportunities here in Penn’s Woods. From what I’ve observed over my 35 odd years of chasing whitetails here in the southeast corner of the state, the pe56 A riod of peak rutting activity can run anywhere from a meager two days to an optimum two weeks. Normally, though, most archers will find prime time rutting action for about a week or less, with younger bucks being active for much longer periods of time than their wiser, older brethren. But the bottom line on the timing thing is this: With two whole months to hunt Pennsylvania whitetails with string and stick, even in the best case scenario, the prime time pre-rut and rut stages are going to come and go within a 2-week window, and probably much less than that. So what are you going to do with the other six weeks while waiting for the rut to kick in, or after it’s over, when the late season rolls around? Sit on your hands? Twiddle your thumbs? Didn’t think so. So here are a few suggestions on how to spend that “no rut” time more productively. REAP THE REWARDS OF A PROACTIVE PRESEASON Instead of sitting back and waiting to react to the rut, pursue a proactive preseason. More intensive scouting before the season opens can help you determine the feeding and bedding areas the deer are using, as well as the preferred travel routes in between. Rubs and rub lines can also indicate favorite buck haunts. Monitoring field and food plot edges before dawn and dusk with binoculars can pinpoint exit and entry routes that the bigger bucks are using. GAME NEWS

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

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009
Life &Times of the Whitetail
Contents
Bald Eagles along the Susquehanna
A Price to Pay
In Broad Daylight
Pennsylvania Elk With a Flintlock
Allan and Granddad’s .44-40 Colt Lightning
The History of State Game Lands Acquisition
The Year that Changed My Life
Where’s The Gun?
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Life &Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Bald Eagles along the Susquehanna
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - A Price to Pay
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - In Broad Daylight
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Pennsylvania Elk With a Flintlock
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Allan and Granddad’s .44-40 Colt Lightning
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The History of State Game Lands Acquisition
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The Year that Changed My Life
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Where’s The Gun?
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Crossings
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