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I may be in the minority but I am sure some feel the same way. This morning would be the opener for "doe season" back in the old days and I for one miss the old way it was done. Time was that you could count on more hunters in the woods during the entire two week rifle season chasing buck only. If you heard a shot, it was a buck and I miss that too. Once the last Saturday closed you had a day of rest and preparation then three days of filling your doe tag. It was just a silly old tradition but I liked it and will forever miss those days.

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I liked it too. I miss it a little. I also like the split season we have now though....Mon-Fri buck only, Sat-Sat either. It's a little more like it used to be that way. I just wish they'd do that state wide and be done with it. Rumor has it though that they're going to drop that at the next meeting and go back to full concurrent seasons statewide....I hope not!
 

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I am with you guys. I wish they would tack three days of doe on at the end, instead of going back to the two weeks here in 4d. It would be more hunting opportunity. This would be a nice day to go out and still-hunt doe. But, here I sit inside

I can see since we went from the two weeks to one week several yrs ago here in 4d, the doe kill is down. I suppose the PGC does not like this. I am talking my own observations. I don't follow the official harvest numbers.
Give us 3 doe only days for a total of 10 days of doe. Not that different from 12 days.
 

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Yep. I miss it too. I'm kind of a sap when it comes to traditions. As a kid today was one of the 3 biggest days of the year. Christmas Day, the 1st day of buck, and the 1st day of doe. Not necessarily in that order....
 

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I miss the concurrent rifle season. Makes taking vacation difficult for me. I want to hunt the first day because it is the first day... but if I kill a buck I am done and my vacation is wasted the rest of the week.

Or, like I did this year. Drove up for one day and back that evening. Lots of gas money and time on the road for one day.


I hate they took the opportunity away from hunters in 2C and 10 other WMU's. Just no need for it.
 

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Yep, it did add another layer of excitement to hunting season. I never really had problem but I feel that it would be tough for a lot of guys to get those extra couple days of work off. At least in buck season when you heard shots up know it was a a buck. Now these guys really do have the "it's brown it's down" attitude. Anything that moves is legal. "Oh, it's only a forkhorn" and they walk away or everyone just keeps quite about it. At least then, I think more people paid attention to what they were shooting at. I'm might be wrong about that though. I always just remembered those day, everyone gathered again for another opening day. Funny thing is I am more successful now, but those were cool memories. I guess that's what I miss more.
 

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RegularJoe said:
I may be in the minority but I am sure some feel the same way. This morning would be the opener for "doe season" back in the old days and I for one miss the old way it was done. Time was that you could count on more hunters in the woods during the entire two week rifle season chasing buck only. If you heard a shot, it was a buck and I miss that too. Once the last Saturday closed you had a day of rest and preparation then three days of filling your doe tag. It was just a silly old tradition but I liked it and will forever miss those days.

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I agree.
 

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I liked the three day doe season it was kind of nice and everyone would go back up to camp and have another good night of cards and stories just like opening day. Although I do like the split seasons quite a bit. I just hunt the opener and then I go to camp for the doe opener now and it allows me to have more time to hunt. Plus I like that in the area we hunt we are seeing an ever so small doe recovery. its minimal but it is happening.
 

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Im with you guessing because i like tradition. Agree if you heard a shot first 2 weeks you know buck and maybe it was a miss and coming your way. It was like being rewarded when doe season came you hunted hard for buck but now you could take your doe. It was heading back to camp which is only a 50 minute drive for me but i still had my same dinner planned out of a roast in the crock pot with taters and noodles just like the first day of buck.
 

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RegularJoe said:
I may be in the minority but I am sure some feel the same way. This morning would be the opener for "doe season" back in the old days and I for one miss the old way it was done. Time was that you could count on more hunters in the woods during the entire two week rifle season chasing buck only. If you heard a shot, it was a buck and I miss that too. Once the last Saturday closed you had a day of rest and preparation then three days of filling your doe tag. It was just a silly old tradition but I liked it and will forever miss those days.

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Totally agree. It was just like "another" opening day.
 

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I get your point too Bluetick, vacation is precious time for many and that makes sense. Just posted this because today would have been the first day of doe and it made me think about it more.
 

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I'm with you guys I miss the three day doe season. There is so much more excitement and anticipation linked to the opening of a season. It was just as exciting and some times more exciting to me then the opening day of buck season. Especially after hunting the last day of buck season and seeing a bunch of does knowing that Monday you were going to get the opportunity to hunt them. I guess those are just the good ole days now.
 

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I liked the "old" way also. The 1st 2 weeks if you heard a shot you really paid attention as you assumed the hunter was shooting at a buck, if there were more than 1 shot from what sounded like the same rifle you "really" got ready thinking it must have been missed. The dooe only season made you "really" look at deer running in the woods or across fields to make sure you weren't shooting at a small buck. Now too many see deer and just start slinging lead!
 

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As I remember it, not everyone got a tag in those days. So, we'd have 3 or 4 guys out of the gang that would go up for doe.

I used to go up on Friday night so I could hunt the last day of buck and the 2 or 3 days of doe. My dad would pull me out of school for that.
 

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There are those older than I who remember better but when I started hunting in 1981 you got one deer tag, one and done. By 1991 when I returned from the service they had separate buck and doe tags each good for a deer, with bonus tags as well. We used to spot deer on the same route and see 250 deer on a good night as compared to 75-100 being a good night when I was in high school. My father told me he was glad I got home from overseas while they gave them out, he figured it was short term back then. In the year 2000 the Doe season came in on last Saturday of Buck season, that was the year Dad shot his albino, I remember that because we all passed it up on Saturday waiting for it to go by him and the deer waited till Monday to do that even, she was the 18th doe to go by him that day too. I think the next season was full concurrent, or maybe after that. I just wondered how others felt about it, not trying to stir the pot, but I'd gladly go back to separate antlered/antlerless if it were supported.

Again, not pot stirring, just nostalgic today is all.
 

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I am with you guys. I wish they would tack three days of doe on at the end, instead of going back to the two weeks here in 4d. It would be more hunting opportunity. This would be a nice day to go out and still-hunt doe. But, here I sit inside

I can see since we went from the two weeks to one week several yrs ago here in 4d, the doe kill is down. I suppose the PGC does not like this. I am talking my own observations. I don't follow the official harvest numbers.
Give us 3 doe only days for a total of 10 days of doe. Not that different from 12 days.
I hear ya partner. Im in 4d also and I hope they keep it the way it is. The 2 weeks hammered the deer in my area when they did that. I also loved the 2 weeks of buck and 3 days of doe. Even when it was like that the herd throughout our area seemed healthy.I do admit the PGC has made it that there are bigger rack bucks getting shot with the AR restrictions and I love it but there is no way shape or form PA will ever be a Iowa, Ill., Ohio etc. Doe #'s are drastically down in 4D where im at in Clinton County. I seen 5 bucks and 3 does on the property I hunt throughout firearms season. Not harvesting any of them.
 
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