Anyone that was surprised at the Saturday Opener(Bear & Deer) layover days being tacked on as a Sunday Hunting Days.....well just mebbie they were born yesterday!! lol Hat's off to our PGC with this positive decision!!OK...so the proposal is for a Sat. start in 2020. And The next day is the Sunday hunt. So are all the pro Sunday hunting/"traditional" Monday supporters gonna whine about Sunday too?
After 60 some years, I just show up, hunt and make the best of things. Doesn't mean I have to like it?
I'd like it if more hunters showed up closer to the numbers they once did, where I hunt. Doubt I heard two dozen shots locally, on opening Saturday?
I'd like it if more people got off'n their duffs and moved around like was once the case on a normal opening day. Guess those days are gone, too?
If more hunters showed up and more of 'em moved about a bit, more deer would get pushed out and fewer hunters would be fussing about "ain't no deer", because we have oodles of deer around the area.
As a long time camp owner, I missed the previous three days of toil and joy involved with that period before opening day. I adapted. Doesn't mean I have to like it. Sunday will be fine with me, same for concurrent seasons. Never had a doe tag before 1986, so I can be flexible when needed.
A buddy of mine has a camp up in\near Smethport. There are zero hunters on his property (he doesn't post) and next to zero hunters on the adjacent properties.
So.....every day of dear season is the first day. If nobody hunts the area.....the deer don't even know it's deer season.
I think most of us that was not in favor of Saturday opener or Sundays just accepts what it is. Im glad someone recognized us as traditionalist because that is what hunting is all about.
You know, I can agree with most of that post, BD, except the treestand stuff.
I've long found that PA hunters don't understand how much our state varies from place to place.
Where I hunt in 5C, if you stop "hanging off trees" and being an "unmotivated squirrel" you're just chasing deer off the little bit of property you have access to hunt. A deer can cross most properties here in a minute or less. I hunt out my back door sometimes in bow season. I have a whopping 2.5 acres! But I have it in a spot where deer sometimes pass by and I have understanding neighbors who allow me to go over and get a deer when I shoot one.
It's just different.
I like your post!!! That’s what is great about the sport we love! We all do it the way it pleases us!All three of these posts sum it up for me. Totally agree with you guys. I love and live my hunting heritage and traditions. Proud to be a traditionalist. That is what hunting is all about. If that's a joke to some then so be it. That ain't going to change and Ill never quit hunting. I don't like the changes and I'm not going to. I don't believe it will slow the loss of hunters enough to make it worth it. Some say, well at lest their doing something. Yeah, well, if your battery is dead on your pickup and I show up and check your tire pressure did I help? No? Well at least I did something. :grin2:
I hunted quite a bit in buck season and most of the flintlock days. I saw ONE other hunter all season. As I've said before that is fine by me. hunting in 2020.
It will only get worse as more and more hunters get their idea of what hunting is from TV and youtube instead of learning it from hunting with fathers, brothers, friends and best of all grandfathers. The best guys to be around are the seasoned old dudes. But if you read a lot the threads and posts around here you see just the opposite thinking. Its all about target bucks, scoring, booners and getting it done.
So be it. I wont quit. I have no intention of changing and I'm not going to like it. I do like the fact that I see a lot of game, shoot many squirrels and many deer and see few hunters. Hope that never changes.