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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Regulation should mean bigger archery harvest



By Bob Frye, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, September 25, 2011



Hunters like their antlers in and around Armstrong County, apparently.

Look at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's deer harvest estimates for last year, and you'll see that archers took 3,790 bucks in wildlife management unit 2D which takes in all of Armstrong and parts of Westmoreland, Indiana, Butler, Venango, Clarion and Jefferson last year. Only one of the state's other 21 units gave up more.

And some believe this year could be even better.

Unit 2D has lots of hunters and lots of deer, as always, said Gary Toward, a wildlife conservation officer in Armstrong County for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. But this year, a "3 up" regulation change that says hunters can take any buck with three points to a side not counting the brow tine should mean more deer in the legal category, he said.

"I've been seeing a lot of deer like that in my travels around. I think the rule is going to put a lot of those bucks into the sights of archers," Toward said. "And I suspect a lot of people are going to take advantage of that."

It's not just unit 2D that was good, though. Harvest estimates show that the western third of Pennsylvania offered some of the best bow hunting to be had last year, with six of the top 10 units for buck harvest and five of the top 10 for does.

Expectations are high for this year, too. The statewide archery season opens Saturday, and "there's definitely a buzz," said Steve McBride, owner of The Archer's Edge in Oakdale.

"We started getting busy at the end of July, last month was just ridiculous and it's not slowed down. Everybody seems pretty excited," he said.

A number of hunters have already taken does - an antlerless-only season opened in units 2B, 5C and 5D on Sept. 17 - and are now focusing on bucks, McBride added.

There seem to be plenty of those out there, according to Jim Ozohonish of Ozie's Sport Shop in Rices Landing.

"Guys are talking about seeing lots of good bucks on their trail cameras. They're bringing in pictures every two or three days, and usually at least one of those is always a 140-class buck," Ozohonish said.

Toward said he hasn't seen anything that big this year, nor has he heard reports of any. But he suspects the season and the area will live up to expectations.

"I think it's going to be a pretty good season," Toward said

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Re: Regulation should mean bigger archery harvest

I support the AR change. Think its a good one
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Re: Regulation should mean bigger archery harvest

There are few bucks with 3 up top and no brow tine. Are there some? Yes, but not a large percentage. Most will have the brow tine. The comment from the WCO about seeing "a lot of deer like that" is odd. Is that true or him selling the rule change? Makes you wonder. Either way, the rule change is a good one.
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Re: Regulation should mean bigger archery harvest

Where I hunt most deer do not have brow tines.
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Re: Regulation should mean bigger archery harvest

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regulation change that says hunters can take any buck with three points to a side not counting the brow tine
- Minimum requirement for WMU 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 2D

All other WMU "3 up including brow tine"

Main beam counts as one regardless of length, even though it is not "up"

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Re: Regulation should mean bigger archery harvest

Wrote it Wrong Rabbit... every where else is 2 up plus brow tine.

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There are few bucks with 3 up top and no brow tine. Are there some? Yes, but not a large percentage. Most will have the brow tine. The comment from the WCO about seeing "a lot of deer like that" is odd. Is that true or him selling the rule change? Makes you wonder. Either way, the rule change is a good one.
If 50 to 75 hunters see the same six pointer without brow tines, he can only be harvested once. Just like the old days before the two week antlerless season, guys were seeing deer all day. They didn't realize they were seeing the same 20 deer and the ones latter on in the day wouldn't be available had the previous 20 or 30 hunters been able to harvest them. There will be a big decrease of six pointer without brow tines this year being sighted, you can take that to the bank.

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