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post #41 of 154 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 05:50 PM
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....... Love watching the Maine Game Wardens how they enforce a great law........

...they have a PRIME TIME TV show.....Pennsylvania Game Wardens do not...could you imagine if they did..people would cry even more than they do now about getting busted. You know what...they should have a show...to see all the -- they put up with from law breakers ...
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Spotlighting is tradition though. Lots of people would do it on Friday and Saturday evening before the traditional Monday opener. Many consider it to be a camp tradition.



I agree that it is a tradition. Back in the 70's we would go down in the DWGNRA shining fields looking to see where the bucks were that way we figured out what drives to do right away the next day.


Ahhh but time changes things... DWGNRA banned spotlighting in the recreation area a few years ago,our kids are all grown up and moved out of the area and we have plenty of land to hunt without spotting it because we know what bucks are there.

Ya know instead of chatting about whether or not to ban spotlighting we should be concentrating on how to promote our sport and stop the anti's.
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I agree that it is a tradition. Back in the 70's we would go down in the DWGNRA shining fields looking to see where the bucks were that way we figured out what drives to do right away the next day.


Ahhh but time changes things... DWGNRA banned spotlighting in the recreation area a few years ago,our kids are all grown up and moved out of the area and we have plenty of land to hunt without spotting it because we know what bucks are there.

Ya know instead of chatting about whether or not to ban spotlighting we should be concentrating on how to promote our sport and stop the anti's.

Showing the kids there are deer where everyone says there are no deer is one way to help promote the sport. Some say that spotlighting deer bothers the deer. Never really seen that as they usually show up night after night.

I agree work at stopping those that hate our sport and stop trying to tell fellow hunters to only hunt/ scout the way you want to do it. ( not at you Casey just adding my 2cents to your post) Waugh!

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I haven't spotted in years. Why spot where you can't hunt? Trail cameras have elimated my need to spot.
This^^^ mostly why i don't do it as much anymore.
I will sometimes when the rut is coming on take a ride with the light to see if any chasing or any rut activity is happening.
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I haven't spotlighted in years, but one of my son's still spotlights on occasion. Probably the only reason I would be in favor of keeping it would be to take my grandkids when they get a little older.
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I never thought Of spotting as having anything to do with my hunting. Just liked seeing deer. Used to leave camp in tionesta and take bets on how many we would see. Still take the kids a few time a year around home. I know non-hunters who do it too.
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My property gets spotlighted often. I don't mind a bit. I don't think the deer mind either. Inexpensive fun for folks and it hurts no one.
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My property gets spotlighted often. I don't mind a bit. I don't think the deer mind either. Inexpensive fun for folks and it hurts no one.
If they stop for more than 5-10 seconds, I grab my binocs because I know it is probably a decent buck out.

Traditions only last if you pass them down to your kids!
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post #50 of 154 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 09:24 AM
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I would vote to ban trail cams and food plots long before attempting to ban shining a light looking for game. Waugh!
What on earth is wrong with a food plot???
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