Pennsylvania Game News - December 2019 - 64

Season's Close

I

N THE FINAL DAYS of the firearms deer season, I enjoy the peace of the
woods. Deer have started to settle down after intense hunting pressure earlier
in the season. But even as they return to more-regular routines, they understand
a hunter's intent. By this point in their lives, they've earned their Ph.Ds
in survival, and they make few mistakes.
Early on in my hunting career, having an unfilled tag late
in the season might have been a concern. But not anymore. Now, the quality of the hunt provides me
with pleasure.
Hunting during the last few days of the
regular rifle season for deer often brings with
it some advantages.
Snow cover reveals tracks, some old and
others new. Depressions in the blanket of white
reveal where deer have bedded along with their
direction of travel. Interpreting these clues
does not ensure success. And I like that.
Now is when still-hunting becomes my
preferred way to cover ground and locate
deer. I take a few steps, then stop at a tree
or another feature that will break up my outline. I watch and wait. The process
is repeated. Again, and again. Patience and paying attention to detail are musts.
The lay of the land is important and I use it to mask my movements. Continually, I check the direction of the prevailing wind that carries my scent. I position
myself on the landscape in such a manner that will not allow it to betray my
presence while tracking deer across the winter woods.
This year, The Farmer's Almanac is calling for wicked weather conditions,
and if the prediction proves correct, there should be tracking snow throughout
the season and more yet to come.
In the short window between the close of the firearms season and start of
flintlock hunting, I'll likely be back in the woods - not to hunt, but to observe.
I'll probably bump into a deer or two and follow them just to understand where
they travel now that pressure from hunters has let up.
Fresh snow will add to the pieces of a puzzle I enjoy putting together.

Charlie Burchfield
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