Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest

The new presentation of the 2010/2011 PA Hunting and Trapping digest is tops.

It includes some new illustrations, the maps are now broken out in a much easier to read format and it has a grid of orange requirements per season per device per activity. The “handsome deer tine” illustration is still there. They still don’t explain what the difference is between a rabbit and a hare.

What’s lacking is the wording can still be goofy in places due to legalese and the hunting licenses are now 7 little thermal squares. The antlerless application still is printed on it but the paper is the glossy stuff that came out of old fax machines and thus it’s impossible to write on. To their credit, they broke out the seasons now so you have the standard “short season” listing, but later the season is in a color coded box and the box corresponds to the appropriately colored page of the digest. This makes it much easier to flip through in a hurry.

The big news for the state was that hogs are being regulated. Previously it was just hush hush over the whole thing and if you shot one you got a wink-wink-nudge-nudge pat on the back. While it’s been regulated to the back page right next to the elk permit, the green box says “yes we have a hog problem and it’s open season except where they’re being trapped”. Where are they being trapped? No-one knows! Since it didn’t make the digest I’m going to simply say shoot’em if you see ’em.

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Groundhog Day

Trapped Groundhog

Trapped Groundhog

Click for hirez, even I was surprised. I also got one of the juveniles she was raising, and I intend on trapping the next one sometime this weekend. Incidentally they have amazing amounts of steam. I got a through and through on the one with the arrow and there was enough blood to know I hit it. However it still made it back to the hole.

Spending Too Much at my Favorite Place

I got the bow in the mail. Note to everyone buying shit on ebay, it pays to raise hell with the postal service. The tracking invoice said that the box went from Hodgkins to Houstin Texas, but then vanished.

I complained after 10 business days and suddenly the box turned up and it moved along. Coincidence? Probably, since we’re dealing with the government. However I felt good complaining.

Now I support local businesses entirely, but there’s something to be said for buying from Big Archery because they have something the little guys don’t: Selection. Since I’m a lefty, I needed to be able to feel up the sights and whatnot. I went to all the local archery shops and none of them had anything left handed. Or they wanted to sell me a package for $600. $600 buys me a very nice rifle, not a bow and arrow. It was way too expensive. Off to Cabeleas where I found out my gift card was no good. But they had everything I needed, and in stock. Also a quick note – don’t buy from these guys what you can get at walmart. It’s 1/3rd of the price at walmart.

I had a bow, it was a High Country Archery Supreme (2004). I needed an arrow rest, arrows, points, I had a release with the bow, and I bought a bow sight (three pin). Also a generic rear peep sight. All in all I spent about $150-ish outfitting this bow. The good part about all this is that if I ever buy another bow (not likely) it will all transfer over. Also those links are informative, they aren’t what I bought exactly. Like I said, buy whatever you can at walmart and buy the rest from a real store.

But that’s not all!

Cabelas has clothes, which is cute, but they also have a cafe and casual clothing section. The cafe was great since we got elk buger (judging by how the kid kicks he likes elk burgers too). Elk is to die for, I wish I could pull a special permit in PA and eat that all year. Onion rings are good also.

The kids clothes are cute, especially the young kids clothes. We got a hat, booties, a jumper, and a shirt or two. I’ll have to post pictures if our kid is cute enough.

Bows

I know I said I wanted brewing crap for my birthday/christmas present, but then I got high bought a bow. My downfall? French Creek Outfitters has this awesome videogame system where you unscrew your arrowhead and screw on this reflective marker and shoot at videos of deer. It sounds terribly uncomplicated in text, but the actual video of the deer coupled with the fact it does “after the shot” analysis on the spot where you hit the vitals – this is well worth it.

ebay is your friend for this crap. Unlike gunbroker where the laws of limited competition apply for both the sellers and consumers, ebay appeals to everyone. Bows are still “ebay ok” weapons. As are knives, blackjacks, clubs, sword umbrellas, regular umbrellas and swords.

Ebay is also subject to the Ford Pinto effect. If one blows up, surely they all do! Prices go down, but people in the know already took care of the problem or realized it was a straw-man. As such, old bows have a “reputation” of blowing up, which means you can get them on the cheap. (The reality is that almost all bows have a lifetime warranty on the limbs, so “blowing up” isn’t something to worry about).

when I saw this bow I jumped on it. Lifetime warranty on the limbs, and while not the current model, it’s a steal for the $60 I paid for it.

Now, Internet archers, here’s your chance to put in two bits:

1. I need a decent sight. I think the 5 pins in a column is just fucking stupid and you should learn to hold over/under, so I need to know what my sight options are and maybe have two or three pins.

2. Any opinions on the arrow rest? Everyone says whisker biscut. Is there ANYTHING else out there?

Suggestions welcome.