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First week. what did you see?
Pennsylvania
Contributors to this thread:
horsethief51 30-Sep-17
stick n string 30-Sep-17
Rut Nut 30-Sep-17
Jeff Durnell 30-Sep-17
Jeff Durnell 30-Sep-17
Phil Magistro 30-Sep-17
Jeff Durnell 30-Sep-17
RC 30-Sep-17
Red Beastmaster 30-Sep-17
stick n string 30-Sep-17
hawkeye in PA 30-Sep-17
HoytHunter13 30-Sep-17
Phil Magistro 30-Sep-17
Ben Farmer 01-Oct-17
horsethief51 01-Oct-17
horsethief51 01-Oct-17
Phil Magistro 01-Oct-17
RC 01-Oct-17
DCNOE 01-Oct-17
Lazer2 01-Oct-17
stick n string 01-Oct-17
Bourbonator 01-Oct-17
Huntinggal2009 01-Oct-17
tobywon 01-Oct-17
Bonafide 02-Oct-17
Rut Nut 02-Oct-17
horsethief51 02-Oct-17
Rut Nut 02-Oct-17
horsethief51 02-Oct-17
stick n string 02-Oct-17
horsethief51 03-Oct-17
Rut Nut 03-Oct-17
Hoyter2804 03-Oct-17
Ben Farmer 03-Oct-17
stick n string 03-Oct-17
horsethief51 04-Oct-17
Lazer2 05-Oct-17
stick n string 05-Oct-17
Pat Lefemine 07-Oct-17
PAbowhunter1064 07-Oct-17
Bob McArthur 07-Oct-17
Sharpstick 07-Oct-17
Huntinggal2009 08-Oct-17
Vonfoust 09-Oct-17
30-Sep-17
Red fox. 4 point and 5 point walking together rubbing and scraping. Squared off and touched antlers a little before leaving. Very calm morning until the sun hit the tree tops. Got dark and windy around 9:30. Lots of rubs nearby.

30-Sep-17

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Was walkin up the mountain and this fella was climbin a dead lil sapling. Stopped when he got 12" from the end of it, guess he figgered it was too late for him...
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Was walkin up the mountain and this fella was climbin a dead lil sapling. Stopped when he got 12" from the end of it, guess he figgered it was too late for him...
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Unbeknownst to me, this fella was in the tree huntin with me. Not sure what he was huntin, but i wish he wouldnt have let the deer wind him at first light....;^)
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Unbeknownst to me, this fella was in the tree huntin with me. Not sure what he was huntin, but i wish he wouldnt have let the deer wind him at first light....;^)
1st AM, state forest...

Had em comin' from EVERY direction....wind gusts that is! No surprise, didnt see any deer but had one snort at me from about 125 yds at 6:43.

Saw a squirrel and the two i took pics of....

From: Rut Nut
30-Sep-17
LOL! : ) Nothing this morning, but yesterday I saw something I never saw before. I was on I-84 just west of our exit heading to Bloomsburg to pick up my son from college. Saw something in the road and a tractor trailer pulled over on the left shoulder of the highway. Figured he blew a tire. But when I got closer the black thing in the middle of the road was a bear! And then I see a deer carcass in my lane! Had to slow down and thread my way between the 2 carcasses. Both were headed in the same direction from the median crossing the westbound lanes. Not sure if the deer was already dead and the bear was after the carcass, or both were alive and the bear was chasing the deer. But the bear was definitely just hit by the 18 wheeler. The truck driver was checking the damage on his grill when I looked in the rear view mirror.

From: Jeff Durnell
30-Sep-17
Wow. Cool pics Justin. I haven't seen a flying squirrel for several years.

From: Jeff Durnell
30-Sep-17

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Jeff Durnell's embedded Photo
All I saw today was yella dust. I worked on this osage stave all morning and plan to work on it until I can hunt with it... or it dies. Its grain is very snakey and I give it about a 60% chance of becoming a reliable hunting bow. It has a few strikes against it already.

30-Sep-17
Went to SGL274 near my house and couldn’t find an open spot in the parking lot so I went to Middle Vreek instead. My first time in the woods there and it’s quite nice. Only a few cars in the last parking lot. Talked with one hunter that was in his stand and had another guy climb a tree about 35 yards from him even after he flashed his light at him. Found a couple of nice looking spots that should be good for me in the coming weeks. Then headed back to 274 where the lot was empty. Set up now on where a few trails converge. Wind is right so far. We’ll see what happens.

From: Jeff Durnell
30-Sep-17
It takes a special kind of BUNG HOLE to climb a tree 35 yards from someone already in position/hunting.

From: RC
30-Sep-17
I jumped one doe while heading down into the hollow. Seen 6 turkey and 60,000 squirrels. Chippies and crows and 2 wood chucks.

30-Sep-17
I helped watch the granddaughters and didn't hunt first day for the first time in 33 years of bow hunting. It was a perfect evening too. Crap!

30-Sep-17
Button buck early and then a fawnless yr and half old doe later tonight. Both in range, couldnt get shot at doe thru trees.

30-Sep-17
Seen a total of ten does for the day. Just not any in my preferred range. But none out of "todays" range.

From: HoytHunter13
30-Sep-17

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HoytHunter13's embedded Photo
As an ending to the first weekend we all shared a wonderful bottle of Bob McArthur's wine. Cheers to a good season, straight shooting, and our UBP family!

30-Sep-17
I ended the day early when a couple of guys walked past between 4:45 an 5. One, carrying a treestand, went out of sight but I'm fairly sure he wanted to be close to where I was. The second guy saw me and made a detour around me. Just when I thought he was leaving he circled back and got in a ladder stand about 40 yards from me. I didn't know it was there because it was so thick. That was enough for me. I'll get out during the week when there are fewer guys around.

I did see five turkeys at about 15 yards. Walked right up on them. They started to move and I clucked with my mouth and they stopped and slowly walked back past me and away. Four hens and a jake.

From: Ben Farmer
01-Oct-17

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Hunted with my daughter yesterday evening. We had a doe and fawn come in about 6:00pm and then this guy came out at 6:05. Glad she decided to wait and not shoot the big doe. Perfect shot at 29 yards. He only went 60 yards. This is Peyton's first buck!!

Hope you guys don't get sick of seeing these pics because I might be posting them for the next year or so!:) so proud of this girl!!

01-Oct-17
Went across the creek to Armstrong county to hunt with Chise and Nate on a nice piece of ground above the Red Bank. I was on the edge of a high, step hill with a view of a windy river bottom. First thing I saw was a third bald eagle in 8 days about 80 feet over my head. I saw 7 does from that stand just a little too far away and 2 more smaller bucks, all heading into a corn field. Great total for a first day.

01-Oct-17
Looks like a good time with the Orwigs and Sagers. I miss that old camp on the other side of I 80.

01-Oct-17
Congratulations to you and your daughter Ben!

From: RC
01-Oct-17
Fantastic, Ben.. ^5

From: DCNOE
01-Oct-17
What a great picture! Ben congrats to you and your daughter. The memory of this hunt will never get old, it will make you smile for a lifetime.

From: Lazer2
01-Oct-17

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Lazer2's embedded Photo
My shot missed his first shot with a bow but we had fun.

01-Oct-17
Thats so awesome Ben. Cant write that script! Congrat to the hunter and poppa.

From: Bourbonator
01-Oct-17
Passed on 3 in the morning. 2 doe and a button. Saw nothing in the evening.

01-Oct-17
Zip... saw nothing yesterday. Morning stand was soooo windy. There is a lot of standing corn and many, many acorns in the woods. Got to figure them out starting again on Thursday.

From: tobywon
01-Oct-17

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Saw a few including this one where I had time to reach for the camera.

From: Bonafide
02-Oct-17
3 Bucks & 2 does on Sat eve on Public Land.

From: Rut Nut
02-Oct-17
Didn't get out til the afternoon. Then all I saw was a crossgunner in "my" spot! :-) Just waved and moved on a couple hundred yards. Saw some deer cross the road about a 1/4 mile further in, just after sundown as I was driving out, so hopefully I can find a good spot in there next time!

02-Oct-17
I sat in the stand that I am saving for Perry to bear hunt in and at 7:15 a bear walked up behind me and passed by my right side at 15 yards. Had a nice opening for a left handed shooter to shoot without even standing up. Saw 2 does in the field at 65 yards.

From: Rut Nut
02-Oct-17
Nice Art! Tell him to stick around another 4 weeks or so! ;-)

02-Oct-17
Stayed in and made Kathey her birthday dinner instead of going hunting. I owed it to her. Been in other states hunting on 3 different birthdays just to mention a couple reasons.

02-Oct-17
Hunted same state forest as saturday morning tonight. Felt really good about the spot i was in, nice little bench that dropped down off the front, with small, but deep little guts- one 40 yds on one side of me and one 40 yds on other side. i didnt want to get to close to the steep, as i figured there were probably deer bedded at the base, so i stayed about 125 yds below it. Wouldnt ya know.... i heard em come down off the steep and thet proceeded to run about 100 yds along base of steep from south to north, and then back from north to south and back up the steep. At least 3 of them and i swear to ya, it was just like a buck runnin does the first week of November. I just watched, baffled, with a smile on my face....

03-Oct-17
Hunted same side of the road as yesterday. Saw a total of 7 does and 2 four points that walked right in front of me. Coolest thing was when a fisher was sneaking down a log across a little swamp, I made the rabbit squeal sound. He ran right over to me and looked straight up ro see what I was. He decided to leave when I said hello. Pretty sure I fell asleep after the sun hit me.

From: Rut Nut
03-Oct-17
That's cool Art! We must not have many fishers up in NEPA..............................never seen one in the wild.

From: Hoyter2804
03-Oct-17
Did I read bear and nice opening for a lefty haha

From: Ben Farmer
03-Oct-17
Saw 5 does and fawns this morning. Took one of the doe at 8 yards.

03-Oct-17
Saw a nice fat bodied buck tonight up on the mountain, walked under me at 7 yds.....right after shooting light... Then 6 were standing 30 yds from truck when i got down out and they stood there watchin me pack up and go. They are lovin the state park/no hunting life!!

04-Oct-17
Went out back to a spot where I can watch a big farm field in a corner in a strip of woods that also overlooks a reclaimed strip mine. I saw 2 does on the way back in the field. By 6 PM there were 5 more does and a 4 by 1 buck grazing within 50 yards. As usually happens a buck with a very white looking rack walked out 200 yards away below me and walked within 20 yards of one of my ladder stands. He stopped offering a broadside shot eating grass. His antlers were wider than his ears but I was not sure if he had G -3s. May have only been a 6 point. On my way back to the house with that full moon I was able to see 3 more does. Going to the dentist this morning.

You'll have to hunt those northcentral PA bears this year Andy. Were booked a couple years in advance. We have members from Maryland that have dibbs. LOL.

From: Lazer2
05-Oct-17

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Lazer2's embedded Photo
Finally out solo for the first time this evening. Good luck to anyone out and be safe.

05-Oct-17
Good luck L2

From: Pat Lefemine
07-Oct-17

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Hunting in 3A
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Hunting in 3A
I passed up this 9 tonight

07-Oct-17
Wow, Pat! That's a real nice buck! Plenty of time to hunt though, and there's definitely bigger ones out there. Good luck everybody!

From: Bob McArthur
07-Oct-17

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Bob McArthur's embedded Photo

From: Sharpstick
07-Oct-17
Nothing in 4A. Game commission brought in snipers and killed a lot of deer off before bow season. CWD in this area of Pennsylvania. Guess they think eradication of the deer heard will work. Once it's here, it's here.

08-Oct-17

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Huntinggal2009's embedded Photo
Shot this one Thursday evening on SFL over a water hole,

From: Vonfoust
09-Oct-17

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Owed this one to my wife, patiently putting up with 20 years of celebrating an anniversary weeks before the actual date so I could be in a tree the first day. Of course, I heard it was just as warm here without the beach!

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