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THIS buck fell to an archer hunting from above. No-rut bucks are wary, and bowhunters sitting up in a treestand are less likely to be detected. The odds are going to be against you, but if you play the wind and the terrain and move slowly and deliberately, you just might fill that tag. Windy days often work best with this tactic (particularly if hunting corn), because the noise generated by the winds helps mask any careless steps the hunter may take. A more effective strategy for tricking a no-rut buck into range is the 2-, 3- or 4man drive. The most successful small-scale deer drives result from a combined stand/ still-hunt approach. When applying this technique, a familiarity with the habitat and terrain is critical to success. Where are the bedding areas? What are the most likely escape routes? These are factors influenced by terrain, vegetation and topography. Ideally, in a 3-man drive, two bowhunters take downwind stands in likely escape routes. Their positions should be at least 50 yards apart. Once the standers are set, the driver enters the targeted area from the opposite, upwind, end, and slowly and silently stillhunts toward the standers. I’ve tried this with a 2-man technique a few times over the years, and although I’ve never killed a big buck this way, I’ve come close. On one drive, two does and a nice buck pushed by my partner emerged from thick cover. Because my partner was moving quietly, these deer didn’t bust out in full flight with flagging tails. Instead, they did what most whitetails do under these circumstances — they vacated the premises at a stealthy half-trot. When the buck passed me broadside, I grunted and he stopped, offering me a wide open shot. Unfortunately (I suspect it was because of his unusually large body mass), I severely underestimated the range and shot below him, the errant arrow kicking up leaves that convinced Mr. Big and his small entourage to hightail it out of the area. JULY 2009 Of course, the major drawback with these tactics is that besides being chancy at best, they also require the bowhunter to disturb the buck’s favored sanctuaries, and run the risk of forcing him to relocate onto the next property or beyond before the onset of the rut. SET YOUR SIGHTS LOWER I know some folks might take exception to this, but sometimes you have to settle for less. This means forsaking your quest for that mature buck for any legal buck that comes your way. It can become a question of what you want more, a trophy for the wall or venison in the freezer. Anyway you look at it, one man’s less-than-acceptable buck is another man’s trophy. Young bucks are not so woods-wise as their Pope & Young Club cousins, and will fall to tactics that older bucks ignore. I carry a bleat and grunt call with me at all times while bowhunting, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve coaxed curious, no-rut young bucks within bow range by calling as early as the first day of the fall season. In 59

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
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 45
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
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 64a
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 64b
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover4
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