Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 47

ditional
By Daniel L. Collins

At a young age, my father started me
shooting with traditional archery gear, and
it's all I've ever known.
As soon as your fingers hit your cheek,
the arrow is off.
I've never even shot a compound bow.
But in six years of hunting, although I'd
come close, I'd yet to take a deer.
I was determined as ever to harvest my
first in 2015. And every stand I'd hunt,
every tree I'd climb, I'd be relying on my
recurve to get the job done.

Opening day saw me set up about a
mile from my Clearfield County home,
just inside woods I'd seen deer leaving to
enter fields on September evenings.
I'd picked out a tree just off a well-used
deer trail. But after a week of hunting
there, I'd seen only one deer.
What a difference moving 200 yards
to the other side of the field would make.
I hunted the new spot for the first time
Saturday evening, Oct. 11.
Four does entered the field, and one
began feeding along the edge of it in my
direction.
My heart was racing as the big doe
stood at 20 yards, behind a large tree limb.

I wasn't sure I'd get a shot.
Then, for some reason, the deer left the
field and walked directly to me, stopping
4 yards from the base of my tree.
As soon as my fingers hit my cheek the
arrow was off. The cedar shaft pierced the
doe's ribs, and it kicked and ran downhill,
then piled up in the thick brush 100 yards
away.
I had my first deer with a bow.
And since I was in my last year of
having a junior license, I knew I still
could use my buck tag on almost any
antlered deer.
When November rolled round, I
decided to hunt an area with thick patches
of laurel where I'd seen bucks in past years
during the rut.
I hoped this move would pay off like
my earlier one.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, I put my climbing
stand up a tree, 15 yards off a deer trail.
With about 30 minutes left until quitting time, I spotted a mature doe and a
spike. Then, I spotted a nice wide, but
short-tined 8-point.
I grunted. It completely ignored me.
But on Monday, I set up on the same
trail it had used. With daylight-saving time
over, I hustled my way into the woods

Pursuit
47
a teen's quest for a recurve buck.

NOVEMBER 2016



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Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - A
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - B
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
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