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PA moving in the right direction

I've thought this before but again this year I feel like more and more really nice bucks are showing up on this site. Whether its a testament to AR/HR I can't be 100% sure but its definitely got to be a factor. Congrats to all the successful archers and keep them coming.

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Re: PA moving in the right direction

I Agree since the Pa. antler restrictions the size of the bucks has increased. The bucks in this picture are all bow kills from Pa. except one from Ohio since the restrictions. Includes two gross 160's from Pa.

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I Agree since the Pa. antler restrictions the size of the bucks has increased. The bucks in this picture are all bow kills from Pa. except one from Ohio since the restrictions. Includes two gross 160's from Pa.
Some great bucks there, wow. Just curious, what county were they taken in?
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Re: PA moving in the right direction

Ar's help a little with saving bucks but i think the biggest reason why PA is seeing nicer bucks is due to guys being more selective. BTW that guy is a PA killing machine I seen him over on Archery Talk.
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I agree, guys being more selective plays a big part. I think a lot of this has to do with trail cameras being introduced. Guys now know if there are big bucks in the area and are holding out for them.
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Re: PA moving in the right direction

I think it's a combination of a lot of factors. AR got people thinking... "Humph.....so if you let a 4 or 6 point go he looks like THAT the next year?, and THAT the following year????!!!"

Then, it snow balls into people drueling over what's showing up on their buddy's trail cam and no longer is just filling a tag enough. That's where I have been for many years, even before AR. Eventually hopefully everyone can get on the same page and realize it's not about "legal buck". It's much more than that. For the "tag fill" I use a doe tag and only a buck that makes my heart race as I fumble for my weapon will be harvested.

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I agree at one time most of us shot the first buck that walked by our tree. Now if i locate a good buck, its him or nothing for me. All the bucks in the picture came from Beaver county, except the buck with the lake in the background came from Athens county Ohio.

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Re: PA moving in the right direction

I think a factor to consider is that an older buck is a much smarter buck.

If the button buck makes it through the antlerless season, he's around his mom or the doe group, who help keep him safe.

Then as a 1-1/2, he either goes on his own or with a group of small bucks, or is eventually forced out in the fall.

So with his small, first-year rack, he's one of the least experienced deer out there in terms of avoiding hunters on his own. This is the easiest one to kill, so to speak. Back in the day, a high probability of bang-dead.

Now as a protected deer, he's much less vulnerable as he's off-limits for the majority of hunters. Much better odds he lives through that hunting season and is a LOT smarter now.

So not only does AR allow bucks to reach a better stage of physical maturity, it allows them to "graduate" from being educated as hunter's prey. Now being that much harder to kill, and more of them, more chances for bucks to live to 3-1/2, 4-1/2 and beyond.

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Imo the reason your seeing bigger bucks is because all the land got posted and that makes it easier to hunt it.You don`t have to worry about all the idiots hunting the wrong wind and doing stupid stuff like on gamelands.Are all them bucks in the pictures killed on private land?
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Re: PA moving in the right direction

AR allows bucks to reach an older age and that's what allows for big antlers. Most of those bucks in that collage are 2.5 and 3.5 year olds. Imagine if they'd lived to 5.5 or 6.5.

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