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    • Brennan Herr
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      Last night closed the archery season in my part of PA. I got out for an evening sit. Saw several deer and all types of birds. At 13 degrees I put my gear to a good test. My home made hand muff kept my hands nice and toasty and my mukluks kept my feet warm. Over all I sat for 3 hrs and think I could have done a few more. Hope eveyone had a great hunting season and I am looking forward to next year already. Maybe a little grouse gunning is in order for the rest if the month.

    • RalphRalph
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      Glad you enjoyed and stayed warm.

      My season was great even if unproductive with my bow. Being out is the thing. Do have meat in the freezer though. That’s always a good thing.

      And yep on next season, I’m already cleaning up and reorganizing for next fall. Of course by then there’ll be a whole bunch of “Where in the *&$# did I put that” going on. 😀 But that’s part of the fun. After nearly 70 years I’m really good at misplacing items. 😉

    • Doc Nock
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      You done good, Hoss, to get out. Deer in PA 2nd season were always like a march hare, where I hunted…wild! Nice you saw some at least…

      Ralph get yourself some of those big Rubbermaid tubs… write on the lid and keep it straight…Accessories in one, warm weather clothes in another and cold in the 3rd… I try to get them all washed, line dried and scent free before the season over summer (clothes) but with moving…I’m afraid I’m in your boat…cause no telling where odds and ends found were stuck in what box!

      And not all boxes have been touched—yet! :0

    • smiley1
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      The last day of hunting season is always a tough one. Glad to hear you had an enjoyable season. Where I live in PA we still have two more weeks to hunt. I’m hoping to get out a few times and maybe fill the freezer with a doe. I am already thinking about spring gobblers and hunting the elusive morel mushroom.

      Steve

    • RalphRalph
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      Good idea David. Now instead of losing one or two things, I can lose a whole dang box.

      Archery catalog here I come. :D:D

      Doc knows I have turkeys to chase this spring. Ha:wink:

    • Doc Nock
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      R2 wrote: Good idea David. Now instead of losing one or two things, I can lose a whole dang box.

      😉

      If you can loose a big ole blue Tub, full of important, critical outdoor gear, then…well, break out the plastic card and shop till ya drop!

      it helped me… I have 3 and 2 of the smaller 1/2 size for rain gear and my shaggy suit, one each.

      I even kept 2 for my camping gear… I could NEVER keep all that stuff organized before… but hey… Thankfully, I got a few more of them outa my folks drivel when they passed and I unloaded some of the contents…

      To each his own… You’ll finger it out, R2!

    • paleoman
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      The pics capture the essence of a late season hunt. Very nice!

      Looking forward to paring my stuff down to the bare minimum this year.

    • Doc Nock
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      Good luck with the paring, Paleo. I’d need a sharper paring knife!

      That and the variety of weather seems to warrant variety of clothing.

      I still do take far too much “junk” into the woods… but i will claim it’s that as Arty Ritis makes walking more challenging, I don’t like to have to go back out for anything!

      Then there is the stuff you thought would be the cat’s pajamas and it was a bust, but it cost $$ so you hold onto it…y’know. Never had calls work in PA, at least well, but I got ones for early, late and super cold inhale only ones… 😀

      Next you’re going to tell me that the “one who dies with the most toys…” doesn’t WIN?! Say it ain’t so!!!:shock:

    • Doc Nock
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      And yeah, I know that last post contradicts my tag line…but I do try…just not successfully to limit gear. 😆

      I guess I still believe in the “better to have and not need than to need and it’s back in the truck/home/man cave… 😕

    • RalphRalph
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      One thing about it, I need no tub for my enjoyments, their ain’t one big enough for them and they don’t get lost.

      I’ll put all my miseries in one of those blue tubs, put a lid on and lose it. No sense in keeping them around.

      Like my tag line says……….

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Brennanherr,

      I closed it out, too, last night. I put in about five hours in the morning and four in the afternoon/evening. I had squirrels all over me in the morning and the usual amount of titmice and chickadees. Got to see some bluebirds and a pileated woodpecker in the afternoon.

      Watching the sun go down on the last of the last days is always sad. No venison for me this year except what was generously gifted. The best part now begins… getting ready for next year. All the best, david

    • shreffler
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      You had a heat wave over there! It was -10 here in the morning yesterday, with a wind chill of -25, then it warmed up to -3 for the evening…I could only make it for 2 hours, but it was better than not getting out at all.

      Sad to see archery season go, wish it lasted longer in PA…

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Warren can be pretty chilly. I hunted there when I was a kid and I felt like I was in the Yukon. Beautiful country. dwc

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Nice!

    • grumpygrumpy
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      Season is over and I have 2 unfilled tags. No venison. The deer are out there laughing at me as they dance in the moonlight. Sad part is that I don’t know what

      I did wrong. Perhaps nothing. Not surprised as the odds are against me. BUT by next year I’ll “know” exactly what I did wrong and go out there convinced that I will fill the two tags, and fill the freezer. BTW in a few months I’ll be catching record breaking trout and bass. Not sure if fly fishermen and archers are out of tune with reality, or just incredibly optimistic.

      Arwen and I went out yesterday, in the snow and cold (just couple inches of snow – good tracking, easy walking). Saw deer tracks, pee, poops, beds and browsing, along with tracks of all the other critters out there. Mouse tracks were a big hit. Had a great time. If she had stopped talking we might have seen deer!!

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Grumpy, every stand I placed was the best one ever. The only venison I have is left over from last year and some generously gifted by a good friend, who also is my mentor and an excellent hunter. Alas, was not meant to be this year. I didn’t get out nearly enough and anybody could tell you that if you’re not in the woods you’re not in the hunt. Heck, I couldn’t even find a fresh road kill this year! I drove past the property I finished the season on and, crom the car mind you, saw one hell of a well used trail that I never found in the woods. For the fun part, I have nine and a half months of preparation.

      I’ll be carrying an axe with me on lots of walks now, selecting firewood to cut whenever the ground permits taking the Wheel Horse out in the woods.

      Good luck with those trophy fish! Best. Dwc

    • tailfeather
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      Very nice. Looks mighty peaceful with the snow.

    • wojo14
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      I too roughed it out on Saturday. Very cold and windy. I think it was -2 with the wind chill. I saw a big 4 point, be did not get close enough. The snow was crunchy and hard to keep my moving quiet.

      All in all, it was one of my best hunting seasons to date. Even though I did not kill any deer. I passed on quit a few, and could not get that shot on some others.

      I cant wait till the new season!

      My 2015 goal is to stump shoot ALOT this year!

      8)

    • shreffler
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      dwcphoto wrote: Warren can be pretty chilly. I hunted there when I was a kid and I felt like I was in the Yukon. Beautiful country. dwc

      DWC, you’re right on all accounts. It is some of the prettiest country you’ll find in the eastern United States and I can definitely say I’m lucky to have grown up here and have a camp on private land on the banks of the Allegheny River. Like a little slice of heaven (minus the tundra-like temps coming off of Lake Erie).

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      When we visited a guy named Bill Fredricks, who lived on the edge or in the middle of a state forest, they turned me loose to hunt turkeys with Bill’s 32 rimfire. I waded around the forest and the beaver dams in the deep snow with that little rifle having the time of my life. Never saw a thing but it didn’t matter a bit. Dwc

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      Alex/Dave

      Linda just checked in a couple of hours ago and said she was sweating her — off helping the dog teams get out on the course in Warren PA.

      Alex if you get there tomorrow look for the animated gal with red hat–if your unsure just say trad bow and she will respond::D

      Mike

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