Archery Season in Progress
Inside the Outdoors, October 14,

Before I get to today’s column I wish to share with you two lures that are two of the best lures that were introduced to me recently. The first, a spoon manufactured by Johnson, was incredible to use. Every time I cast it in the water, I nailed a bass.

One-third ounce in weight, this lure colored dark green on the top with black vertical lines descending from the top pointing to the bottom, a yellow blend in the center to orange on the bottom, once was unmarked, now has chips off of it from the teeth of the fish.

Johnson knew what they were doing when they invented this lure. When Eppinger Manufacturer first came out with their Dardevle, it had a similar lure with different coloring but the same weight. The, the company made the lure more cost effective, I suppose when they thinned the metal to make it more lightweight. Instead of it dropping three feet upon casting it out into the open waters, it stayed closer to the top, and as a result, it caught less fish. That is why I’m so excited to find this Johnson product.

Second is a spinnerbait that I happened to come across online. I decided to order two lures made by Booyah. While recently fishing a tournament, I almost took third place. I caught the biggest bass in my life with it a twenty and five-eighths largemouth in length. I never gave any thought to weighing it, but it had to be at least five pounds.


Heard last week from Drew Banas of Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited that trout from the Select Trout Program were to be stocked in Loyalhanna Creek, October 4, but the truck broke down on the way to Ligonier. So, the next date scheduled will be Monday, October 17, If one wishes to help, volunteers should meet at the Loyalhanna Watershed office at 11:45 a.m.

Also, a group of “oldsters” from FTTU is organizing a fly-tying gathering, beginning Dec. 8 from 12 to 3 p.m., at the Lincoln Highway Experience. If an earlier date opens up, I’ll let you know. In any case, I will keep you updated, so keep reading.

And now on to my story of today.

As many of you know, we are in the midst of archery season that began Oct. 1. No one has to question the fact that there are many deer out there. I have no doubt that those whom have scout the fields and forests, know where they are hiding and/or feeding in groups. Selecting one to harvest out of a group should raise the adrenalin a bit.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), “Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer up to Nov. 12 and during the late season which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan 14.”

THE PGC states that all hunters must use either a recurve or compound bow, or crossbows with a draw weight of at least 35 pounds; crossbows must have a minimum draw of 125 pounds.

The PGC has some suggestions that may make the outing for these participants of the sport safer and less stressful.

If one is going to a certain place, let someone know where that destination is.

Make sure one has permission if hunting private land. There is a reason that property is posted. Respect the owner.

If one is hunting from a tree, always use a fall-resistant device, preferably a body harness. “Wear the device from the moment one leaves the ground until one returns.”

Always carry a whistle in case one can’t move due to an injury or other problem.

“Don’t sleep in a tree stand, the PGC reminds hunter. “If one can’t stay awake, return to the ground.”

Use a rope to hoist one’s bow and backpack to one’s tree stand. It make the process easier.

“If one uses a mechanical release, always keep your index finger away from the trigger when drawing,” it said.

If one uses broadhead-tipped arrow, carry them in a protective quiver.

Don’t think you know where north, south, east and west is. Having a compass is invaluable.

If one does get lost, stay cay calm. Getting a panic attack will not favor the situation.

It’s always wise to check the equipment before heading out. That goes for any outdoor sports equipment.

The same goes for hunting equipment. Make sure everything is in tip-top shape and aligned properly before leaving home.

“If one is going cock his crossbow,” the PGC warns, “always may sure it is pointing in a safe direction.”

Finally, some of the contents in one’s knapsack should include a lighter or matches and even some dry tinder. I have viewed on one of the outdoor survival programs on television that petroleum jelly topped on a piece of cotton will ignite, starting a fire quickly.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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