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harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

Just my opinion so dont fly off the handle. As a grandparent taking my Grandson hunting opurtunity for harvesting a whitetail eas the first day of rifle season. Now that our WMU was changed to Buck only first week I am wondering just how many guys will not go to camp for the first day. Seems to me alot of what the GC is doing is taking away a young hunters chances of success, not only that but it is taking away from the tradition part of going to camp.Not that there are a whole lot of deer in Pa anymore but when A million guys are out there on opening day they tend to get pushed alot more thus increasing chances. Hate to see the tradition of being up camp for openning day go away but wondering if the chances would be better the first Saturday.
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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

I grew up when there was buck only up until the concurrent seasons started - being a grandpap I'm sure you remember those days as well. I look at the split season as an improvement and a reason to go to camp the first weekend as well instead of sticking around home. I have missed alot about not having a buck only season and look forward to the changes this year. I have a 12 yr old going this year and feel he will benefit by the restraint of not feeling like he has to shoot the first deer he sees.

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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

My camp will be filled for the opener, then filled again on Friday night waitin for anterless to start. The Tradition was 2 weeks of buck 3 days of doe, not 2 weeks of concurrent season.

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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

For many decades there was a seperate buck and doe season, I see many more opportunities for young hunters, not less.




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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

Any reason to go to camp is a good one. It doesn't matter what season is in because if killing a deer is that important then your missing the real reason to go to camp which is to have fun and build great memories with your kids or grandkids.
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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

I hunted in the days of a two week buck season and 3 day doe season as a junior, it wasn't all that long ago in fact. By the time doe season came around, I didn't have off of school for the three day season and when I got out obviously deer were more skiddish. We didn't hunt Saturdays for doe, so only if my grades were up would I get a chance to take off Monday. People went to camp when it was buck only for many many years, why would anyone want to change?

Somehow, I continued to hunt even though it took me 4 years to get a shot at a deer. We didn't have mentored hunts or youth only hunt for anything, I hunted right along with my father and his friends on opening day with no special attention given to me aside from my father. Things were chaotic yes, and the new season help to eliminate conflict take for instance youth turkey. Somehow, I continued to have the urge to hunt even though I was just one of the guys, never getting a turkey until I was 18, and my first deer at 16.

There is in NO way shape or form less opportunity for youngsters, there is much much more. I am not saying these youth hunts or mentored hunts are bad thing, far from it. I can't wait to take my son out into the woods early and often just like my father did me before I could carry more than a cap gun. I ruined more openers for him than I can imagine, but his desire in fostering my interests was all that he needed. Interest is peaked by the parents, I stayed interested despite having something called an Atari and a high level of lack of success. My parents pushed me outside to play and staying in talking on the phone wasn't an option. We didn't have the instant gratification kids come to expect in today's era. Everything changes, and we can't stop the continue of technology. Is it easier for parents to let their kids do the things kids do nowadays, absolutely. The argument comes that there is so much for kids to do that hunting takes a backseat, but I don't buy all the reasons. Parents shuttle kids all over the county to meet there friends, I walked to my neighbors as they were my friends. If parents want their kids involved, start early and often, the love of many things come with time. Foster the desire to make hunting a high level experience, regardless of pulling the trigger or seeing game. There are thousands upon thousands of people that have done it right here in PA. My grandfather hunted 40 years before ever killing a buck, but he continued to hunt as the kill is secondary to the experience. Would that happen in today's age, I would say highly unlikely. Tradition is built on legacy, and getting upset telling yourself it isn't worth the time because their aren't any deer or the new seasons that are still longer than ones 10 years ago aren't good enough will be the death of many things besides the first day of buck season.

Oh, and I am just over 30, funny how things have changed in 15 years.
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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

Last year was the fisrt split season for 2c which in my opinion is good for the beginning hunters. I think it helps them to identify between buck or doe. Not just shoot the first deer they see.With the concurrent seasons how many times do you think a hunter, regardless of age, missed an opportunity at a buck because he shot the first deer he saw, when a buck was following close behind.
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There are more opportunities now than ever before. As far as the tradition of going to camp, continuing that falls on you the mentor. Take your grandson to camp and enjoy the time together. Dont focus only on killing a deer, but take the time to teach him hunting and woodsmanship skills. The time spent now will be well worth it and he can carry on the tradition.
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For many decades there was a seperate buck and doe season, I see many more opportunities for young hunters, not less.
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Re: harvesting a whChanged WMU to Buck only first week

When I started, it was one deer and done. And, there were many fewer days to hunt.
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