PA 2011 Deer Season first week report Zone 2G
PA 2011 Deer Season first week report Zone 2G Tioga Co. Gaines Twp. South of Rt. 6
9 guys in camp, 8 guys out hunting. one fell and was hurt bad.
Friday and Saturday night spotting. 1 - 8 pt and 1 spike and maybe 10 to 12 does.
Sunday afternoon 4 does seen
Monday hunted dark to dark No Bucks seen, maybe 6 to 8 does seen combined, by all eight of us
No close-by shots heard. Maybe 10 to 12 distant shots heard
Tuesday dark to 2pm “Heavy Rain” No Bucks seen
8 doe seen combined, by all eight of us
No close-by shots heard. Maybe 6 to 8 distant shots heard
Wednesday dark to dark No Bucks seen, maybe 8 to 10 does seen. combined, by all eight of us.
1 close-by shot heard. About 3/4 miles away Maybe 4 distant shots heard.
Now comes the weird part. Starting at 2 am on Thursday morning we are all woke up by shots being fired on the mountain above the camp. We could see lights being shined along either the new pipeline or on the snowmobile trail. Now picture this, the valley we hunt runs north and south for about a mile and a half, and is probably a half mile wide. The shooting went on about every ten minutes or so until about 6:15 am. As the shooting continued we could see the light and hear whoever it was moving along the ridge from right to left they went along north for a while then turned west and crossed the valley either through the pines or on a new pipeline. Still shooting every ten minutes or so.
At around 4 am they were across the valley from the cabin, we occasionally could see a light through the trees. They continued south along the west side of the valley until it comes to a bowl at its southern most end. At about 6:15 or 6:20am they stopped at almost where they started at the east side of the valley. In all total they fired forty two shots in the four hours they were at it.
Some of our guys thought they were jacking deer, and shooting them with night scopes. But we all know that deer don’t just run along pipelines or trails when pushed. Some thought they were trying to finish off a wounded buck. The question is why start at 2:00am, unless that’s when the bar closed.
My thinking is they were trying to consolidate whatever deer that were on the sides of the valley, down into the middle. Now some of the valley is State ground and some is Private Property with very limited road access.
For many years we broke camp and headed home on Wednesday around noon. This year five of us hunted all day Wed. and planed to hunt Thursday in the am. That is until all this shooting happened.
Maybe this is how the other two camps in the area always seem to kill so many bucks each year. The word is that they killed five 9 pointers last year. Not jealous but [censored] curious now!