Deer season off to slow start
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Monday wasn't the worst day Dave Arnold of McCandless Township has ever had on state game land 203 near Wexford.
Hunting there last October, he blew out his knee, an injury that kept him off work for close to a year. He was back in the woods Monday, though, for opening day of Pennsylvania's statewide firearms deer season.
That didn't pay off immediately — he had yet to see a deer by lunchtime — but he was hopeful.
“I've almost always seen does when I've hunted here, but I never had the tags to take them. This year I have two, so I'm hoping to fill them,” Arnold said.
He wasn't alone in not downing a deer early.
Wayne Ridout of Butler was also hunting 203, and he hadn't seen a deer by midday either. He suspected a lack of hunters had something to do with that.
“Over the last couple of years, whenever I came out here there were always a lot of guys. You'd see them just walking the trails,” Ridout said. “They're not out this year.
“I think we need more guys out stomping around and beating the bushes to move the deer. They're not going to move around too much on their own.”
Things were similarly slow around the rest of the region, according to reports from hunters and wildlife conservation officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Hunting pressure was reported to be average or less, and the unusually-warm weather appeared to be at fault.
Gary Toward, one of the Game Commission's two conservation officers in Armstrong County, said he'd seen some decent bucks taken, if “not anything anyone was going to be bragging about.” But the weather put a damper on things.
“We were at state game land 247 early, and it was pretty packed, but boy, by 10 o'clock it really started to thin out. I think it got too warm for some guys,” he said.
Matt Kramer, conservation officer in Beaver County, reported similar results.
“I have seen and checked a couple of nice bucks taken by successful hunters, and I saw some youth hunters out, which is always really good,” Kramer said. “But I think perhaps the weather, and a lack of snow, kept the turnout slightly below average.”
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-838-5148.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- State lawmaker still pushing merger of Pa. Game, Fish commissions
- Frye: Deer Alliance makes debut
- Pennsylvania’s elk hunt brings unique opportunity to take record-size bulls
- Outdoors notebook: Local teens shoot well during 4-H invitational
- Fishing report: Pymatuning walleye fishing remains tough
- Outdoors notices: July 28, 2014
- Changes made to senior lifetime fishing licenses