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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: springfeild twp,mercer co
I think lack of hunters now is why many think theres a lack of deer.
I have a daughter who lives in state college, and we visit often. If we are coming or going after dark, you gotta be pretty careful cus theres deer out everywhere. Last night we drove sr 26 from state college to raystown lake at about 10:30 and we saw deer on the road in about a dozen different places. In the fall when we travel, I'm surprised how few deer we see killed on I80 from the Ohio line to about Knox. From Knox to where we get off at mm123(woodland) theres always a bunch, that seems backwards to me.
Where I live in mercer county, we don't see many deer in rifle season anymore, at least not like in the 80's and 90's. Another thing we don't see is drives, or hunters moving around, but we do see almost everyone hunting from a ladder stand. Imo, during rifle season theres just enough hunter activity to make deer limit daylite movement, but not enough to keep them up and running like in the "good old days." Usually though, by the end of the season the guys i expect to get a buck have, just like the "good old days." And those who haven't are complaining about the game commission, just like the "good old days."
Mt lions, that's the REAL problem.....