Deer Harvesting
Inside the Outdoors, December 8,

Peering down from my tower (bedroom window as I frequently now call it) early to midmorning last Monday morning when statewide buck season began, it was dead silent, no cars were coming into town or leaving and it left one feeling like it was a Saturday afternoon in Latrobe.

I came to two conclusions. Either a good number of residents from our city had taken to the woods to find their trophy or the community people had taken to the malls or stayed home to take advantage of Cyber Monday.

But me being the curious reporter that I have been for the last fifty-four years, I had to take it one step further – call the home of a ardent hunter and hope that his wife was home to fill me in on some suspicions I had concerning this first day.

Sine it’s irrelevant as to whom I spoke to, the general facts speak for themselves. My first question – “Did your husband get his deer yet?” For the first time ever, she replied to the negative. Every other occasion when I called this couple, the man of the house cashed in; bringing home the number of deer he was permitted according to his deer tag applications.

A matter of fact, she told me her husband drove to various places where he expected to see parking areas filled with vehicles only to discover one or two at the most.

In the past on the first day of hunting season, I recall hearing gunshots in the woods throughout the Laurel Mountains. I asked the lady of the house if she had detected any noise coming from her surroundings. She replied to the negative. The reason we both agreed upon was that one does not hear the firing of rifles due to the fact that many hunters have switched over to archery and with that it’s virtually noiseless.

From the observations of her husband, she stated, “It definitely is cold enough. It’s just unusual there aren’t that many hunters.

I also checked with an employee of an area gun shop and she said no one had come into her shop as of the afternoon about taking a deer. It will be interesting what I find when I touch base with the meat processors.


Don’t forget. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is sponsoring buck photo contests. For more information, log onto its website at or call the southwest regional office at 724-238-9523.


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Just as I was wrapping up this column, I received a phone call from Latrobe’s Steve Gordon that he caught a twenty-two inch channel catfish from the upper lake at Twin Lakes County Park on a Leland Crappie jig. I know they are in there because I remember photographing Bobber With A Brain Inventor Frank Moff with a huge ‘Channel’ from that very same lake. He also resides in Latrobe.


Finally, I received word that the Steelhead are really biting up Erie way. Elk and Walnut Creeks are two bodies of water receiving a lot of attention. One tip worth considering – if you are an angler going for some big fish, make sure the line is suitable for heavier species. Line used down our way may not do the trick. Proper drag and line weight will usually be the ticket for catching keepers.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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