Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 54

Straight from the Bowstring
By P.J. Reilly

The more you learn about how to hide from a deer, and when you can and can’t move to draw the bow, the closer you’ll be to filling your tag.

Don’t Get Caught
T
HE SIGHT of antlers bobbing through the spicebush tangles instantly kicked my heart rate up a notch. It was early November and this lovesick Chester County buck was responding to the estrus doe bleats I’d sent through the woods a short while earlier with my mouth call. The path he was using was on a collision course with my stand. I was seated when I first saw the buck, so I slowly stood and turned around to lift my bow off the hook fastened to the tree. By the time I had my bow in hand and ready for action, the buck — a symmetrical 8-point — had stepped into the clear, barely 15 yards away. I clipped my release to the bowstring and prepared to draw. The buck was close, but I was 25 feet above him. I figured there was no way he’d catch me moving at that height, so I started to pull back the string with the deer in plain view. I’d say I got about a quarter drawn when the buck snapped his head skyward and looked me square in the eyes. And that, as they say, was all she wrote. Before I could get the bowstring any farther back, the buck turned and waved his white flag as he scampered away. Plain and simple, I got caught. As bowhunters, our challenge is to avoid being detected by a deer’s eyes, ears and nose. Failure to do so almost always means leaving the woods with an unfilled tag. Avoiding a deer’s nose has been written about ad nauseum. Be as scentfree as possible, play the wind and hope for the best. And dodging a deer’s radar-like ears is a no-brainer. Don’t make any noise when there are deer within earshot. Staying invisible, however, is tricky for vertical-bow hunters. We have to move when a deer is in close to draw our bows. There’s no way around
NOTICE the branches behind the hunter in the treestand. They help break up his silhouette.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
In Those Days
Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Late Season Duck Hunting
The Perfect Opening Day
A Moment for Redemption
Deer Harvest Estimates
Beware the Pogonip
Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
The Cadet
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - In Those Days
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Late Season Duck Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Perfect Opening Day
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - A Moment for Redemption
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Deer Harvest Estimates
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Beware the Pogonip
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Cadet
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 51
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 55
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Crossings
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