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I was checking the proposed seasons and bag limits on the PGC website and saw that squirrel season was unusually early. September 14th is the proposed opening day of the season, and September 7th is the opening day for youth.

I don't recall the season ever starting that early, is there any reason to this? I'm still chasing geese and doves that early! I guess I can tote the .22 with me while scouting for deer and maybe bag a few. I didn't get to make any squirrel BBQ last year, because there wasn't many around last year due to the small amount of acorns the previous year in the area that I hunt.

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I believe it is just for increased opportunity at an underutilized species. Many other states bring squirrel in on Sept 1.
I am looking forward to it. Actually will get to hunt them every year, instead of just after I punch my buck tag in archery season.
 

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not a very good idea considering archers will be in those fully greened up trees at that time of year, I'm thinking this will make it alot more dangerous, plus put more people into the woods to disturb the relaxed deer movement and travels normally associated with archery hunting this time of year, from October on to the old start of squirrel season.
 

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lonnielou688 said:
not a very good idea considering archers will be in those fully greened up trees at that time of year, I'm thinking this will make it alot more dangerous, plus put more people into the woods to disturb the relaxed deer movement and travels normally associated with archery hunting this time of year, from October on to the old start of squirrel season.
I was on the fence regarding the earlier dates... now I'm for the change.
 

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lonnielou688 said:
not a very good idea considering archers will be in those fully greened up trees at that time of year, I'm thinking this will make it alot more dangerous, plus put more people into the woods to disturb the relaxed deer movement and travels normally associated with archery hunting this time of year, from October on to the old start of squirrel season.
I'm in agreement with you. I don't think Archery and squirrel season should overlap. I suggest running archery season From the 3rd week in Sept until the 3rd week in October. Then closing archery season and starting the general small game season.
 

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I haven't hunted sqirrels in 30 yrs. because I was archery hunting. Maybe I will get out this year. I have a lever action Browning .22 I haven't used.

You will have a fight on your hands, dap, if you try to move archery season away from the rut.
 

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I haven't hunted sqirrels in 30 yrs. because I was archery hunting. Maybe I will get out this year. I have a lever action Browning .22 I haven't used.

You will have a fight on your hands, dap, if you try to move archery season away from the rut.
I realize that. My issue really isn't with the overlap of seasons it's with the attitude of some archery hunter's thinking that their archery hunting activities should take precedence over all other hunting seasons.
 

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It's funny too in that 4 of the six weeks of archery season overlap with squirrel season now. And it has been that way for a while. What's the big deal? If archers follow the rules. they wear f/o to the stand and have f/o displayed near their location while hunting. Shouldn't be a safety issue at all. I bowhunt alot and don't have an issue with squirrel hunters. Even had a squirrel hunter bump a buck into me that I got once.
No idea how anyone can perceive this as a bad thing.
 

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Actually there is no FO requirements for archers during small game. It is only for overlap with fall turkey and the Muzzloader/Jr/SR antlerless season that FO is required. In previous seasons there was only 1 week of archery before youth squirrel season came in anyway. There is plenty of foliage in the southern part of the state for the first couple weeks of small game season anyway and to my knowledge there hasn't been a safety issue. Also just how many squirrel hunters have you ran into in the last 5 years. Very few people participate anymore. I just don't see it being a big deal.

For my kids and I I am excited about this early squirrel season. We are always trying to split our limited time between archery and squirrel hunting. Now we can concentrate on squirrels for a few weeks and then we can chase the tick toters.
 

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You're right. I just checked it. Don't know why I thought you needed f/o for squirrel. Guess I've been wearing it when I didn't need to...
 

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You're right. I just checked it. Don't know why I thought you needed f/o for squirrel. Guess I've been wearing it when I didn't need to...
If I was hunting on public land where there is alot of small game hunting, I would wear FO when moving. Better to be safe than sorry.
 

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VA squirrel season goes from Sep 1 all the way through February. Certainly gives more oppourtunities to get out in the woods.
 

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This is the best idea the PGC has had in a long time. Give the sportsmen and women of PA the opporuntity to hunt an abundant resource at a time of the year when it is wonderful to be in the outdoors.

Figures the archery hunters would be whining about it...they seem to whine about everything these days.
 

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Zemenar, I don't understand what that link has to do with anything. That link takes me to a listing of the 2012-13 seasons and bag limits.

I was talking about the proposed 2013-14 seasons and bag limits on the PGC website. This upcoming years seasons and bag limits.

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Good idea for people to get involved in squirrel hunting. I think they should put a Flourescent orage requirement until the leaves fall.
 

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I like the idea i'm sure some young hunters in today's hunting world don't get to do much small game hunting as archery hunting as popular as it is today.
 

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Curly Maple said:
lonnielou688 said:
not a very good idea considering archers will be in those fully greened up trees at that time of year, I'm thinking this will make it alot more dangerous, plus put more people into the woods to disturb the relaxed deer movement and travels normally associated with archery hunting this time of year, from October on to the old start of squirrel season.
I was on the fence regarding the earlier dates... now I'm for the change.
Oh god don't disturb the archery hunters.They might change the direction a deer goes.Give people more opprutunity to go out and hunt. How many squirrel hunters do you know it it underutilized, if they aren't hurting anyone let them hunt.It will be fun this year.
 

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lonnielou688 said:
not a very good idea considering archers will be in those fully greened up trees at that time of year, I'm thinking this will make it alot more dangerous, plus put more people into the woods to disturb the relaxed deer movement and travels normally associated with archery hunting this time of year, from October on to the old start of squirrel season.
 
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