As we’re in the fourth week of the archery deer season and the prime rutting period is drawing near, Bob Danenhower of Bob’s Wildlife Taxidermy in Orefield (610-398-7609), thinks this weekend’s colder weather should bring the big boys out.
In his 4th Week Rut Report, Danenhower says, “Hunters coming in for fresh doe-in-heat lure have reported seeing young bucks chasing doe’s. “I’ve personally seen much more activity out there. This morning (Wed.) I put down a trail of fresh buck urine on the way to my stand and at 7:30 a.m., a nice medium size 8-pointer followed the scent trail and stopped about 15 yards from my stand. He then began to totally rip up two saplings for about 20 minutes, which was fun to watch,” recounts Danenhower.
While he didn’t’ arrow it, Danenhower said that he likes hunting too much to end his season now, as the next two weeks is what bow hunters dream about.
As for this upcoming weekend, Danenhower says, “I’m excited as it looks like we have some good ugly weather coming in with wind, rain and dropping temperatures. In the past, the uglier the weather these next two weeks, the bigger the bucks I’ve seen.”
He goes on to joke that “All that Gore-Tex hunting clothing wasn’t made to hang in the closet,” in reference to the oncoming inclement weather forecast.
Danenhower mentions that several nice bucks have already come into this shop for mounting and most were taken close to their bedding areas.
Where to find these bruiser’s can be anywhere. Suburban woodlots have become havens for local deer and it’s not uncommon to see deer off Martin Luther King Boulevard in Allentown where they traverse between the small woodlot from Union Street (near Union Terrace Elementary school) to the Boulevard. There’s also a small herd around LSI’s corporate office along Route 22 and below the Iron Pigs stadium on Dauphin Street in Allentown.
On Tuesday, as I was driving west bound on Route 22 and as I passed Home Depot and the motel on the other side of the highway, there lay a road-killed doe that evidently came from the area of the apartments that border the Jordan Creek.
You expect to see deer like this in outlying areas of Fogelsville, New Tripoli, Slatington and down at Goodman Stadium in Hellertown. But not in the city of Allentown. Deer can survive in these small woodlots many of which are merely fence lines like the small herd of doe’s I spotted a few weeks ago in a field across from the new Parkland High School athletic fields on Orefield Road.
Whatever the weather, Danenhower thinks this is the week to pull out all the technique toys like rattling, grunting, scenting and decoying. The latter could be effective be it with a buck or doe decoy, or both. I’m anxious to give my new Tink’s inflatable buck/doe decoy a try, as a decoy has been effective for me in the past.
TRAIL CAMERA SECURITY
Trail cameras have become popular for hunters who want to scout for game and landowners who just want to see what animals roam their property.
However, keeping cameras safe from vandals and thieves is a top priority. “There is no fool-proof way to completely protect a trail camera,” said Aaron Hershberger, outdoor education specialist with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as told to the Outdoor Wire. But he offers the following suggestions for camera security.
* Any personal property left on public land will likely disappear. If you intend to install a trail camera on public land, consider using a less expensive model.
* Consider using a trail camera on private land that has limited access.
* Concealment of the camera is the key to securing it.
* Consider using steel cables and locks to secure it.
* In an effort to keep a camera out of reach, mount one higher and angle it downward.
* Install two cameras in one spot and place emphasis on concealing one of them. This will increase the likelihood of getting a photo of a person trying to vandalize or steal it.
* Record the camera as a personal possession in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Include the make, model and serial number of the unit.
I’ve been considering buying and installing one at my home to identify the uncaring person who lets their dog do its duty on my front lawn. As such, trail camera’s have several purposes, especially the newer ones like Bushnell’s’ Trophy Cam HD Black LED model that also shoots 1080p HD resolution video.
Stay tuned for next weeks “rut” report.
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