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.