Originally Posted by bohunr
how big do the deer get on the trophy hunt? at least 130 class?
what are the chances of tagging a bobcat? best time of year to avoid the hot temps?
sorry to jump in but this looks good to me.
maybe a huntingPA group trip or two? just a thought.
Deerfield has no trophy hunt, they have a trophy area. Its 1000 acres of the home property (the total home property is 12000 acres) and the antler restriction in the trophy area is 8 points or better with a minimum inside spread of 14". The antler restriction on the remaining 11000 acres of the home property is 4 points on one side, no minimum spread. Most of the leases its 4 points total, and one lease is no restrictions at all (Brown and Down). There is a club fine for button bucks and under size bucks everywhere except brown and down. The trophy area name goes back to the days before there were restrictions on the rest of the property. At that time the trophy area was only hunted at the request of the hunter, only on evening hunts and no doe were allowed to be shot. Today the area is in the regular rotation and on days itís hunted you hunt it morning and evening, and you can kill does.
To answer your question about what score to expect, there are some 120 class and up bucks taken every year but the chances for any one hunter to kill a buck that good is about the same as here in Pa on good ground. Having said that, there is an excellent chance of having an opportunity to kill a buck that most hunters would be tickled with, a real nice buck. As a result of the restrictions DF has had in place for the past 10 years or so, IMO, there is just as good of a chance to kill real nice bucks anywhere on the property these days. As a matter of fact, other than my big December buck this year which I killed in the 4 points on one side area, Iíve killed all of my other big bucks on Brown and Down, believe it or not.
If you will not be happy unless you kill at least a P&Y class buck youíre better off not going on a southern hunt at all, no matter what some outfitters may have you believe.
Bobcats are killed every year, but the chances are not good that you will kill one. Like I said in my post above, in 18 years Iíve seen a half dozen or so, had shooting at three and killed two. Having said that, there are plenty around and if you wanted to use a predator call on stand Iíd bet youíd see them, coyotes too. I donít think you want to mess up your deer hunt doing that though, and I doubt the other guys on stand in your area would much appreciate it either. Good chance to kill a hog on a deer hunt; some years a very good chance, other years a decent chance. There is a trophy fee for cats anytime and for hogs on a deer hunt. On a winter or spring hog hunt there is no trophy fee for hogs, you can kill 2 a day.
Almost forgot the temps. By October the weather is usually comfortable, early October the afternoons will usually be pretty warm. But if you can tolerate hot weather donít rule September out. Other than the rut in late October, IMO the best chance for a bruiser buck is in early September; the deer are in their summer pattern on the green fields and there has been a lot less shooting because does donít come in until Sept. 15th.