Deer Season Preparation
Inside the Outdoors, September
21, 2012

It’s been said that hunters getting ready for deer season should give thought to the matter at least two months ahead instead of a week or even a few days before the season starts.

Many times hunters will frantically scurry about getting ammunition, digging through their closets for weapons or even washing warm clothing the night before. Needless to say, that’s not the way it should be.

To do it the right way, preparation consists of a 365-day approach, remembering where deer was seen days after the season ended up and until the day before the new season begins.

Since many hunters harvest deer from tree stands, strategies should be considered in the planning stages just where the optimal viewpoint would be. Placement would then be considered. If it is on private land, it goes without saying that permission must first be sought from the owner before any erection is done.

Next, exercise year around. It is so important to build up one’s physique so one has the stamina to take to the woods and the field. Find a good hiking trail and walk it daily. That’s the easiest way to get in shape and build up those muscles.

Here is something I learned from J. Motes from the Internet on Tips and Information of Preparing for Deer Hunting. “Design a plan to shoot at least once a month throughout the year. This can be a .22 or varmint rifles or even better your deer rifle.” The author stated that one is kept in shape in the all around practice of doing a multitude of things including firing the weapon, handling of the gun and proper squeezing of the trigger.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has always recommended that one search out the area where hunting is to take place, locating deer months before one actually goes hunting the first day of deer season. “Look for crossing in old fence rows that may have opened up over the year and are well used deer paths now. If you have permission, consider cutting some fence to funnel deer into a specific area that you hunt,” Motes said.

He concluded by stating, “Getting ready for deer season year around will help to assure that one is prepared and ready.”

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I recently read an article whereby conservationists are considering changing some streams to fly fishing streams because of the mortality rate of the fish. When I read that I thought of a suggestion I made back in the spring which has paid off in a big way. I crimp my barbs. That allows for easy hook remove and little to no damage to the fish. Please do as I do. As long as one keeps tension of his line, the fish will be hauled in.

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Just received word from the PGC that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been confirmed as the cause of death for deer in Westmoreland County. “It is one of the most common diseases among whitetail deer in the USA, and is contracted by the bite of insects called “midges” or “no see-ums,” said the agency. “The virus usually kills the animal within five to 10 days and is not spread directly from deer to deer. While EHD is not infectious to humans, deer displaying severe symptoms of EHD may not be suitable for consumption.”

Some include depression of the animal, have pronounced swelling of head, neck and eyelids and experience respiratory distress.

Game Commission Southwest Region Director Pat Anderson is urging residents to report sightings of sickly-looking deer, particularly those found near water, by calling the Region Office at 724-238-9523.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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