"Just wondering activity and increase in population. I know there's not much hunting pressure."
I live in Coudersport. I dont know where the "not much hunting pressure" comes from, unless you're talking way north Potter County. The first 10 miles north of Rt 6 has, and has always had, hunting pressure. With crossbow hunting allowed now, there's even an increase in hunters out during archery season i've noticed. That being said, the deer population is finally making a comeback. The worst was around 2005ish when Dr Alt called for the slaughter of the doe heard, and i remember one year going a week in between deer sightings, when a few years prior, before antler restrictions even came into effect, passing on basket 6 and 8 points. Coudersport is hunting camp area and always gets flooded, but if you stay way north, you should be alright.
"Ohhhhh malarkey. LOL. I'm not sure how old you are, but "big bucks" were totally uncommon pretty much prior to AR in the NC."
i've heard this, yet, I moved here prior to the antler restriction taking effect, and had no problems seeing nice bucks. my first year i took a 16" 10pt in archery, and that was one of 3 nice bucks i saw that year. subsequently i'd see an average of at least one nice buck- "a very nice buck consisted of 15"-16" inches" as you'd say- every year until around the aforementioned '05ish timeframe when the herd as a whole took a big hit. while i agree that AR has now made big bucks more common, i refuse to believe big bucks didnt exist here until AR came into effect. as mentioned, before AR came into effect, i was passing on basket racks knowing there was bigger around; i saw them while scouting and i saw them while hunting.