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On the previous page, bowhunting traditionalist Morgan Flamm, of Fredericksburg, and compoundbow archer Dustin Adam, of Shoemakersville, represent some of the different approaches that
can lead to success in Pennsylvania's archery deer season, which now runs nearly seven weeks.

a regulatory change allowing bowhunters
to shoot more than one deer in archery
deer season.
Previously, when a hunter took any
deer with a bow, he or she had to tag it
with the buck tag that came with a general
hunting license.
Starting in 1993, archers had to purchase and use an antlerless deer license
to harvest an antlerless deer. The buck
tag no longer was used as an either-sex
tag for bowhunters. Doe licenses were
issued earlier, and came with an ear tag
and report card, to accommodate hunters.
In 1999, combination hunting licenses
for junior and senior lifetime license
holders went on sale for the first time.
These licenses combined furtaking, general hunting, archery and muzzleloader
privileges under one license at a greatly
reduced price: resident junior combination licenses sold for $9 and resident
senior lifetime combination licenses
sold for $101. Archery license fees also

increased from the $5.50 fee set in 1985
to $16 in 1999.
Crossbows became legal sporting arms
for all licensed bowhunters in 2009, a
change that continues to open the door for
thousands of retired archers to get back
into the sport, and youngsters to begin at
earlier ages.
Deer bow harvests began to increase
as more and more hunters bought crossbows to participate in a season that often
provides hunting under more agreeable
conditions.
Today, Pennsylvania's archery army
contains well over 400,000 hunters, and
37 percent of the overall harvest (and 45
percent of the buck harvest) comes from
archery hunters.
Earlier this year, an additional week
was added to archery deer season providing about seven weeks of bowhunting. It is
the longest archery deer season on record
and comes on the heels of the state's best
ever bow harvest.

Days of Yore
Chris Simonetti, of Reedsville,
shared a photo of a mounted
10-point taken by his
grandfather, Frank McKinney,
of Altoona, in the 1920s. The
buck can be seen hanging from
the game pole, on the far left
in the other photo, although
the identity of the pictured
hunter is unknown. Frank
hunted from a cabin along
Stone Creek Road on Slate
Ridge in Mifflin County, near
what now is Otter Gap Trail.
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