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Hunting buck with black powder during the Rut

I have to admire Virginia... They allow the black powder shooters to use the guns for buck during the Rut! Pa if your a archer you get the crack at it no guns. If you want to hunt the rut in Pa you have to become a archer.. Va muzzle loader for buck: November 5 through 18:
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post #2 of 190 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 07:42 AM
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As a life long Pa. "archer"...AKA DEER HUNTER...I would welcome a few days to hunt buck with a flintlock in November.
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Your VA license also comes with 3 buck tags, 2 in some areas.
Point is, different state, different Regs.
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I'm a new hunter in PA. A MD transplant (please don't hold that against me). I hunt with Bow, Gun, and Muzzleloader...with Bow being my preference. Maryland has their Early Muzzleloader season in late October...right when I start to see a lot of Pre-Rut Buck activity. Before MD started this annual "Early" hunt it seemed to me the Rut was better. I saw much more Buck activity during the Rut. I know that Bucks will still be out searching for Does coming into heat "no matter what". It just seemed that there was more action before the annual Early Muzzleloader season began in MD. If I had a say, I'd say no Gun/Muzzleloader hunting prior to the Rut! Just my opinion...
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All allowing muzzleloader hunters a chance at the rutting bucks would do is change the opening day of deer season from rifles to muzzleloaders with an opening day before the majority of the does have been bred. It would be a big boost to the muzzleloader sales in this state though.

If Pennsylvania ever gets to the point we have so few hunters, as some states have, that we need to allow hunters a second buck for management reasons, then adding additional buck harvest seasons might be a management option and even necessary. But, I donít think we are to that point yet.

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Your VA license also comes with 3 buck tags, 2 in some areas.
Point is, different state, different Regs.


You can not say this!! Do you not read all the post on everything on here anymore? Pa is the exact same as any other state. We are just behind the times. LOL
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All allowing muzzleloader hunters a chance at the rutting bucks would do is change the opening day of deer season from rifles to muzzleloaders with an opening day before the majority of the does have been bred.......

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This was the concern when the Pa Federation of Black Powder Shooters asked for a couple days to hunt buck in conjunction with the October season. Since that time, the PGC has embraced the additional harvest of bucks with archery gear.


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I have to admire Virginia... They allow the black powder shooters to use the guns for buck during the Rut! Pa if your a archer you get the crack at it no guns. If you want to hunt the rut in Pa you have to become a archer.. Va muzzle loader for buck: November 5 through 18:

Why don't you hunt archery? How do you guys feel about inline muzzleloaders in late season?
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I have to admire Virginia... They allow the black powder shooters to use the guns for buck during the Rut! Pa if your a archer you get the crack at it no guns. If you want to hunt the rut in Pa you have to become a archer.. Va muzzle loader for buck: November 5 through 18:
Somebody is always going to feel slighted. You want the inclusion of black powder ,which is fine by me, but then rifle hunters could say the same thing about you being able to hunt the rut. Hunters need to take advantage of the seasons that are available. Taking up archery hunting has never been easier since the inclusion of crossbows.
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Somebody is always going to feel slighted. You want the inclusion of black powder ,which is fine by me, but then rifle hunters could say the same thing about you being able to hunt the rut. Hunters need to take advantage of the seasons that are available. Taking up archery hunting has never been easier since the inclusion of crossbows.

There are buck being removed during archery season, that the BOC told the BP federation would be harmful if they removed them. The PGC threw the biological reason onto the wall and it stuck. Evidence since proves it was pure scat.
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