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post #1 of 258 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Why is ML hunting in PA so restricted?

I feel like ML hunting is the redheaded stepchild of hunting methods in PA. Archery has evolved from long/recurve bows to include compound & X bows, why do we have a problem including caplocks/inlines in a season of its own when we can look for a buck? I already understand nothing prohibits the use during the regular firearms season, but the same argument could be made for archery, the compound bows is a lot easier to use than a recurve & will accurately shoot further with far less practice so maybe it needs a more restricted season & taking X bows out of archery & throwing into the regular rifle season now that some x bow manufacturers are advertising the 100 yard accuracy.
So what is the concern about inlines and caplocks?


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I am waiting to hear the reasoning behind this one ?
For myself it matters not either way .
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The answer more than likely is that the Bow hunters have had more of a voice in the legislature, both in numbers and length of time.

ML hunters would certainly be able to organize and petition for additional opportunities, but it would not happen overnight, and nobody wants to wait on something to happen, they want it now.

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While some "crossbows" are accurate out to 100 yards, it is not an ethical shot to be taken . Shots should be limited to 50 yards or less. If you want to hunt in the late season maybe you should buy a flintlock. They are far more exciting to shoot than an inline.
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There is a Muzzleloader Season in October and you can use what ever you want, inline,caplock,flintlock.

There is a Flintlock Season in December/January where you can only use a Flintlock.

Archery season includes about anything with a string on it
Rifle season is any rifle, with caliber restriction.(including Muzzleloader)

So tell me what is it that you have a problem with?
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post #6 of 258 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 07:36 AM
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I would like to see the first week of October set aside for primitive weapons either sex deer. You could use flintlock ,recurve ,longbow, and crossbow with no cams or wheels and no telescope sights on any weapon.In pa you can only harvest one antler deer per year so this shouldn't change the harvest at all. You could call it a Heritage Hunt.
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post #7 of 258 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 08:30 AM
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My guess as to why MLs are "restricted" is...they were the last to have a established season...most of the days we have to hunt were already filled... the PGC didn't want to reduce already established seasons to make room for another...harvest goals were already being met...achems razor...

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The true answer is there hasn't been a unified effort. If you want to have a productive discussion and not alienate many supporters, sell merits of the season. No need to tear down archery. Most guys are multi weapon hunters anyway.

I agree open sighted flintlocks and maybe cap sidelocks should have a chance before modern rifles. Week of Thanksgiving seems reasonable to me. No drives allowed in that season ideally. Keep scoped inlines where they belong, in rifle season.

I also think longbows and recurves deserve a separate season, maybe give that 2 or 3 weeks prior to current archery opener.
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Pa is one of the few states that do not allow semi autos for big game.
Pa is one of the few states that do not allow Sunday hunting.
Pa is one of the few states that do not allow inclines in the late season after Christmas. This is a valid argument just like the first two.
You really want to see the fur fly. Wait until the proponents of the air bow start their rant. Some on this board have already posted opinions and pictures of the ones they own.
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for the first time in my hunting history I,m going to buy a good scoped crossbow and hunt when the rut is in full swing( more record bucks are killed then). last year in the fall turkey season over thanksgiving I saw several very large love sick bucks chaseing does and with a crossbow they would have been duck soup(25-40 yards).
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