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Too Cold for You?

AST WINTER was one for the books, with the large amount of snow and
extreme cold we experienced, at least in the southcentral and southeastern
sections of the Keystone State. I didn't like it. It cramped my hunting style.
First, I couldn't make the annual Game Commission Southwest Region Great
Deer Hunt during the second week of the firearms deer season. That hurt. You
can always count on seeing more than a few deer on that hunt, and someone
always seems to see a buck. Just like the previous year, during the 2013 hunt
a nice buck was seen by one of the guys who had harvested an antlered deer
during the archery season. It figures. If I had been there, I might have gotten a
crack at that buck. I'll never know, but the bad snowstorm on the day before the
hunt when I had to travel made the roads too hazardous to make the more than
200-mile trip to Greene County. After getting rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in
2008, demolishing my Toyota pickup, I still get a little gun-shy when traveling
on busy interstates, especially during bad weather.
I couldn't make the annual rabbit hunt in Perry County with Wildlife
Conservation Officer Steve Hower one day in mid-January when there was a
rare break in the weather, and the group had 20 chases and bagged six bunnies.
I went with them to the same spot a week later, but the frigid weather with
powdery snow didn't offer the best conditions and we got skunked.
Then, being that I like to concentrate on squirrel hunting in February, after
grouse season closes in late January, I couldn't hunt hardly at all because of the
16 inches or so of snow on the ground for weeks.
I read a survey done by Southwick Associates about how the past winter's snow,
ice and cold affected hunters nationwide. The survey said that the majority of
hunters are still willing to hit the woods even as temperatures plunge into the
single digits, but when it drops below zero, it's time to call it quits. Following are
results from the survey. I still got out and did a lot of hunting in October and
November, and hope last year's winter didn't cramp your style.
Percentage of polled hunters who say it
is too cold to hunt as temperatures fall
to between 21 and 30 degrees:
* Great Lakes States
3%
* Northeast States
5%
* Northern Plains States
3%
* Southcentral States
10%
* Southeast States
9%
* Western States
8%

Percentage of polled hunters who stay
inside when temperatures have fallen
to between 1 and 10 degrees:
* Great Lakes States
31%
* Northeast States
40%
* Northern Plains States 18%
* Southcentral States
51%
* Southeast States
52%
* Western States
36%

By Bob D'Angelo
MAY 2014

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