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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
I believe deer drives if done properly can be effective and safe. However, went I moved to PA years ago I attempted to go on 3 separate deer drives with 3 separate groups of "Hunters."
Each drive got more chaotic and I didn't think that was possible. No real plans, drivers and setters shooting numerous shots, drivers would take off after jumped deer rather than stay in their lane headed to the setters, trying to get out in front of other drivers to get a shot, attempting to drive deer 3/4 mile in the big woods, shooting and not following up on the shot..rushing to get to the next location, many deer retrived were shot were poor hits with much of the meat destroyed, don't ask me what was going on with permit swapping etc. and then we hit private properly which we did not have permission to be on even though I was told we did.... I ended my PA deer driving with a very long walk to my vehicle as I watched and listened as a driver almost getting in a fight with the land owner who came out to run him off.
I have been on deer drives prior to that when we met at each location, put our plans on a map and everyone stuck to their area and assignment and it was effective, safe and no tag switching.
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