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Harvest Photo Contest
Through Dec. 20, the Game Commission will be accepting submissions for its annual Buck Harvest
Photo Contest. Submit photos by e-mail to pgc-contest@pa.gov for your chance to win. Finalists
will be selected in each the archery and firearms categories, with the winners in each category
selected by followers of the Game Commission's Facebook page. Each winner receives a trail camera.

call used by predator hunters.
During the first couple weeks of October, I have witnessed several mature does
sprint toward fawn-in-distress calls, their
maternal instincts clouding their wariness
and basic instincts of survival. A few of
my tags have been filled as a result.
I have found the distress call works best
earlier in the archery season, prior to any
rutting behavior. Once breeding season
hits, whitetails seem far more concerned
with future fawn crops than past ones.
To the first-time user, the fawn call may
sound like a noisemaker passed out at a
kid's birthday party. Stick with it, it works.
Be it lost or stuck in a fence, a distressed
fawn likely will be in high gear and frantic. Emulate this excitement.
Like master puppeteers, some hunters,
even add realism with some type of drag
or rustle on the forest floor.

Rattling Antlers
A bustling interstate trespasses our
family farm. With this in mind and eardrum, rattling never seemed feasible.
But a hunting buddy who swore by this
method invited me to hunt his remote
property, a landscape where the criss of
industry and cross of transport had yet
to intersect.
NOVEMBER 2019

The hunt was a last-ditch effort during
the final week of the season. We perched
within sight of each other. And the cold,
solid sound of colliding antlers seemed
fitting for the bone-chilling day.
Like a skilled musician working a fine
instrument, my friend struck and scraped
the antlers.
As the year's first snowflakes tried
to stick, so too did my first impression
of rattling's effectiveness. I felt the deer
before I saw him. Intrigued by the rattle,
the 7-point gravitated to our corner of the
woodlot, unknowingly beneath a pair of
hunters. My friend had a front row seat as
my arrow surprised the gung ho, antlered
gladiator.
Some experts, including my friend,
declare no synthetic material can match
using authentic antler. Also, some believe
there is a shelf life to genuine rattling
antlers and older and dryer sets do not
produce the desired sound.
While there are hunts where silence
is golden and those who prove still and
quiet will prevail, others might benefit
from making a little noise.
And aside from deer calls enhancing
my effectiveness and efficiency in archery
season, mimicking such a revered biggame animal certainly has added a joy
to my hunts.
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