Chances of landing a buck dwindling

Tyler Deiter from Stroudsburg with his first buck taken on Nov. 30, 2015, while hunting with his stepfather Keith St.Clair. Tyler is 13 years old. Photo sent in by his mother Kristi St.Clair.

If you are lucky enough to have tagged a deer this season, stand up and take a bow.

For the rest of Pennsylvania’s hunters, the final day of the two-week rifle season on Saturday Dec. 12 may be the best chance to take that buck of a lifetime. Most hunters have hopes that a big buck is still in the grasp of possibilities, but getting past the mental block of “it’ll never happen this year,” can be tough.

The last day can offer a better-than-average chance though, especially if you consider the numbers of hunters that will head to the woods. Hunters in the woods searching for a deer always seem to help activity, but almost always those deer are on high alert.

During the bear season I spotted a buck which was being pushed through the woods by hunters. His bone-white eight-point rack stood out in the sunlight as he ran by my stand. I couldn’t help but laugh as the biggest buck I had seen all year trotted right by during the bear season. Why couldn’t I had seen him during the archery season, I thought.

Isn’t that the way hunting works? Oh well, spring gobbler is less than six months away. Maybe if I think about turkey hunting, I’ll get a chance at a good buck.

Good luck to all and be safe.




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