It was a weird season for me. We had absolutely zero acorns, which had the deer on some really strange patterns. I hunt the mountains of Central PA and judging by the unusually high amount of deer I was seeing down in the valleys, it seems a lot of them migrated down to ag and corn, which makes a lot of sense.
What was left up high on public were deer concentrated on the best browse they could find, and that was not very easy to hunt. Certainly it's easier to key in on oaks. Eventually I keyed in on one specific area and started to put things together and found some bucks cruising doe bedding and finally got a nice one doing that.
A lot of the traditional doe bedding though, was just completely devoid of does this year, so of course the bucks aren't going to cruise there. Just had to adapt to the conditions. The buck sign seemed a couple weeks behind all season too.
It'll be interesting to see how that plays out for rifle season as the bear drives next week start to shift deer around, then rifle season itself.
I'm not really sure what to think about the muzzleloader seasons. I don't think it had a big effect on many of my areas, but certainly looking at how many bears were killed, there were areas that were driven pretty heavily which really would have messed up archery hunting for those specific areas. Statewide, I'd say not a huge effect, but localized it certainly wrecks some areas.
This is not meant to be any kind of political statement, but since crossbows came into play, the most trucks I see parked all year, including rifle season, is the first week of November. There is a ton of pressure in the woods that whole week anymore. Growing up that was like "the" week but I think to adapt you have to factor in just how crazy the pressure is that week anymore.
Last edited by elk yinzer; 11-19-2019 at 11:50 AM.