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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
I'm in norther Centre County, near Snow Shoe. Hunting in a DMAP area , Sproul State Forest. Nearly every camp I looked at today in SF was occupied, but most averaged 2-3 vehicles. I told my son that 40-50 years ago there would be far more folks at each camp, as most camps hunted as a crew and would stay till Saturday. I know from the last couple years hunting for a doe the first week of buck that many of these campers will be gone in a day or two. I saw not one camper trailer, tent, motor home etc.
Here's my assessment....with the exception of a few camps, many of these campers are old timers who still come because of tradions. A few camps I know of come to eat and drink well. I do know of two camps who will hunt all week. I only know of one crew that will drive, and they only number 10-12 guys. I swung by a camp tonight that I was well acquainted with. My grandparents used to board hunters back in the 40s and 50s and these folks built there own place in the the early 60s. They hunted hard all week with a full roster for many years. When I went by at 4 pm there was one truck parked at camp. The feel of the deer season opener is nothing like it was 30-40 years ago.