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Old 11-16-2004, 06:04 PM
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Now that the Pa bowhunting season is over(actually in hiatus) until the gun season starts in two weeks, any tips for those of us who will be back out with the bow?? Scents, calls, stand placements., etc.
I hunt in SE Pa in an area where there is only a one day shotgun hunt(mid Dec), and the rest of the time bow only.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:00 PM
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For stand placement I'd look to food sources. The bucks are going to be run ragged and looking to put weight on before the winter. Food scorces are where they'll be.

For calling try using a fawn bleat. Bucks will be less agressive and less responsive to rattleing and calling but they will be looking to breed and likely they'll be breeding yearling does and does that did not breed durring the first esterous. A fawn bleat is a sure fire way to catch a bucks attention.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:23 PM
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I would take this time to get out and do some scouting and find the best food source i could. Then place a stand or stands strategicly to the wind. Some doe`s are still going to be coming in to late estrus. Buy locating the food source you can bet that any doe close buy coming into estrus is going to be pulling any buck close buy out!
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Old 11-19-2004, 03:45 PM
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Those are all excellent answers. You can also set up near a bedding area as bucks will often forage close to the bedding areas during the day. Caution must be used on how close to a bedding area to get, because you don't want to get busted and then try to find your buck's new bedding area. But if you can get in close and do an all day hunt, this could be productive.
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