Pennsylvania Game News - September 2020 - 13

HUNT SMART

With a seventh week of bowhunting,
eight days of uninterrupted firearms deer
hunting to start the season and some outstanding chances to take a bear in the bow
and firearms deer seasons, take the time
to sort out when, where and how to hunt.
There's no way to tell where you might
find the best hunting until you get out and
start looking for deer sign and fall-food
abundance, as well as sort out hunting
access and pressure.
If you find yourself sharing what you
thought would be your best spot, perhaps
it's not where you should be. The same
SEPTEMBER 2020	

holds true for areas picked clean of fall
foods. Especially in archery season, hunt
where disturbances are limited. If that
means going in deeper and going less
often, do it. You want to be alone and on
sign. Wherever that can be accomplished,
go there.
For days with significant firearms
pressure, like the opener and Saturdays,
think about hunting in thick cover. Just
remember that, wherever you go, you
have to be able to get off a shot and see a
deer before it sees you.
Regardless of where you go, make sure
someone knows the location and when
you're expected home. A hunt plan can
help keep everyone informed and send
help your way if you're not back home
by a reasonable hour.
Heart attacks and tree-stand falls probably are the biggest risks deer hunters
face. So, exercise before season, and make
sure to check with your doctor if you're
unsure you're healthy enough to hunt.
Practice with your firearm, check your
gear and equipment, and take a phone
along with you.
If you're hunting from a tree stand,
know that hunters fall from them. Wear
a fall-arrest device and get a good night's
sleep before hunting.
Please also note that all hunters participating in 2020 firearms deer season
are required to wear 250 square inches
of fluorescent orange material on their
head, back and chest combined. In recent
years, the use of orange by Pennsylvania
hunters has helped the Game Commission
establish records for hunter-safety.
So be safe, be where the deer are and
make that shot when it counts. These three
golden rules are the essence of hunting,
generational guidance, the glue that binds
our heritage. And they ensure hunting
couldn't be in better hands.
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Jacob Dingel

tance from hunter-access points," Fleegle
said. "For some reason or another, these
places aren't disturbed. They become
sanctuaries."
And deer will use them readily. It's a
matter of life-and-death.
Once you find that spot deer go to, file
it away for next year, then wait to take
them when they step through the front
door.
Sometimes, though, the secret to taking
a buck is learning to pick him out, Fleegle
noted.
"Many hunters have inadvertently
jumped a deer only a few feet away in
dense cover when, by luck, they were
on a course to literally step on the deer,"
Fleegle explained. "A few feet, one way
or the other, and the hunter would have
walked by, never knowing the deer was
bedded so close."
For every deer that sneaks off to a
hideaway, it's possible another will sit
tight and let you clear the area, thinking
no one is home. So, go slow, be ready
and, as many a Pennsylvania Dutchman
has said, "Shoot that buck in the nest!"
Just remember, that deer's watching your
every move. Don't dally.



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