Re: Penfield area camp
Joe,I hunt between Hickory road and Mountain run road all the time.This year I spent the first day trying to chase deer past my buddy in that exact area.He saw over 30 deer,including three different bucks by the time we stopped to drag a deer out of there.We went to the same spot on the first saturday and I killed a doe and we were out of there by noon.We went about 1/4 mile away on the last day and killed two more deer and saw well over 25 deer between three of us.The two guys that were with me never even stepped foot in that area before.Total number of other hunters seen in those three days was about 4.The year before,we hunted the same general area and my same buddy once again saw over 30 on the first day.He saw over 20 in one group.On the first saturday of that year,I killed a doe and saw 14 before 7:30am.Their ain't no lack of deer in those hills.That area has some steep,thick hillside.Unless you get the deer up and moving,you may get an illusion that there's not alot of deer.Walk through there after a fresh snowfall and there will be tracks everywhere.Seriously,if someone thinks that area has no deer,I don't know what they could possibly expect.
The year before that,we hunted off of Evans fire tower road.I had to pass on a 8 point with at least an 18 inch spread that was within spitting distance on the first day.I had to pass on another decent buck on the first saturday and killed a doe after seeing about another dozen deer before that.A few miles away in 2008,on Fire tower road(used to be county line rd)we each saw over 20 deer and killed several more doing small one man drives on the first saturday of that season.
There's 1200 acres owned by the Western Pa conservancy that goes from Kilmer rd,crosses Brown school road and then crosses mountain run road.We went right past it around 5:30am on the first saturday on our way to mountain run.There were between 15-20 deer heading out of Kilmer's fields right into the conservancy property,which is open to the public.
I live less than a mile from Kilmers farm(the farm with the big moose in the front yard)on Kilmer road.This past spring I was taking my daughter to the bus stop and counted over 50 deer from my field to Kilmer's.That's alot of deer considering it's only about a mile and there's only a few small fields.Some days,I'll look out behind my barn and see nothing.Other days there's over 30 deer in a herd.This year on the last afternoon,we got done hanging some deer up in my barn and looked accross the road and saw at least 20 deer just feeding in my neighbors corn field.It was the last day and the deer were just out feeding like it was August.There's far more pressure around my house than there is on the mountain.That's why I hunt there.I don't even hunt near my house during rifle season.