Pennsylvania Game News - April 2016 - 27

Sometimes they're
right under your nose.

I

had hunted on opening day, and every
day after school - with no luck.
But on the last Saturday of my
first buck season, the last of several small
drives my dad put on, brought a scruffy
little 3-point to me.
At 15, I had my first buck.
It was hanging in our maple tree
Sunday afternoon as I headed out with a
pack-basket to wade the edges of a nearby
farm pond.
In those days, in the early 1960s in
southeastern Pennsylvania, much of
my spending money was made trapping
muskrats.
And my neighbor Mr. Weaver feared
the booming population at his small
farm would end up tunneling through the
embankment and washing out the pond.
So he'd asked that I thin them out.
Having just set the last of my traps, I
walked across the dam breast toward a
diving board Mr. Weaver had built for his
kids over the deepest water in the pond.
And just below the dam, an enormous
buck crashed out of the thicket.
I'll never forget the sight of that big,
ivory-colored rack momentarily floating
just above the brush, then, with one leap,
bounding down the hill and out of sight.
The little patch of blackberry, alder

and tall grass wasn't much bigger than
the average family room. It was tucked
into a tiny depression, and surrounded by
open farm fields.
Walking through it, it resembled my
dad's churned-up barnyard. Every square
foot held big tracks, droppings or beds.
It was a secret big-buck hideaway - a
place right under everyone's nose where
deer would go when the pressure is on.
Our family had permission to hunt
the property, and we occasionally hunted
the fields for pheasants. But we'd never
before thought to check out the patch by
the diving board during deer season.
As the months went by, Dad and I
developed a strategy to hunt this buck.
We'd need to pick out a spot where we
could see into the patch, and the edge of
the dam was just such a place.
There, we built a tightly woven blind of
branches and small logs, about 3 feet high.
We decided walking to the blind
before first light would pose too great a
risk of bumping into the buck while crossing the open fields.
But reaching the buck in his anticipated
daytime bed, in broad daylight, wouldn't
be easy - especially since there was no
cover in any direction.
Dad thought approaching from the

VING BOARD
BUCK
By Patrick Arbeiter
APRIL 2016	

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