Pennsylvania Archery 2015

After eating a Kansas Muzzleloader tag, I was eager to put that behind me and prepare for the coming archery season.  While I’m going to Ohio for a week at the end of this month, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the woods preparing for archery season here in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  I’ve been trying very hard the past 3 seasons to connect on a big mountain buck, but after several close calls last year, my goal remains unfulfilled.

While I do have access to a good tract of private land, I also have almost 17,000 acres of public land at my disposal.  The deer  aren’t densely populated, but if you want a shot at a legit big buck, this is where it’s most likely to happen.  The #4 all time typical buck for Pennsylvania was killed in 2011 a couple miles from one of my favorite spots.  They’re here, but the hunting is challenging and requires a lot of scouting, stand sitting, and a whole lot of luck.

While I’ve basically sat out the first week, I’ve also spent that time checking trail cameras, finishing hanging and stashing stands, and I’ve even brushed in a few ground blind spots.  Over the next few weeks, I’m going to start documenting my Pennsylvania archery season where I’ll go from how I’ve found deer in big woods and selecting stands, to hopefully stabbing a big one before it’s all said and done.