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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Carbon County, PA
The week's adventures
Well, starting last Tuesday I was off all week and then Veterans Day too. It's my annual bird hunting "staycation" where the dogs & I make day trips to various gamelands and other public hunting grounds. All told we hit 7 different state gamelands and 2 state parks, all in the Northeast Region. 3 of these were places I had never hunted before (which is always my goal during this week.) PA sure is a beautiful place. The grouse hunting was poor with nary a confirmed bird moved and the woodcock were very, very few (I think most of the birds moved thru just prior) but we moved pheasants and quite a bit of them and I bagged my limit several days off some nice dog work. We also saw quite a bit of wildlife too including a real nice bear, a big dead coyote, several bald eagles, a mink, a close up porcupine encounter (that went very well), a few foxes and a bunch of deer including some very nice bucks. It was a fun week for both dogs and hunter. We hunted in 60 degree weather and 20 degree weather, in sun, rain and even snow. The only disappointment really was in not at least moving some grouse which hasn't happened previously.
Early Saturday morning we did have one really sad encounter in a favorite grouse cover. I had a nice 8 pointer get up from its bed in front of me. I saw right away that it's right rear leg was badly broken and it looked like the left read was badly injured too. The poor thing was struggling to stand and walk, mostly just using its front legs. Had a little chaos when the dogs discovered the crippled deer but I got them to leave it alone (with a little convincing) and I loaded them up in the truck to just leave the cover entirely. The buck was in really sad shape, I think it got hit by a vehicle and I don't think it survived the night because the coyotes probably got it if it did
I'll be real honest, if I'd have had anything but steel bird shot, like a sidearm or something on me I would've been hard pressed not to do the truly ethical thing (but yes, illegal) and put that poor thing out of its misery. I couldn't stop thinking about that poor thing after that.
Last edited by RyanR; 11-12-2019 at 05:32 PM.