WAS LAST YEAR YOUR FIRST DEER YEAR?
Were you one of those lucky hunters that bagged your first deer
this past season? If so, congratulations! How much fun is that to
sit in a treestand or take part in an organized drive with friends or
family members during that most exciting time of year?
Bet you’ll never forget those heart-pounding moments leading
up to tagging your first deer, right? Well guess what?
We’d sure like to hear about it, so please consider this invitation
to tell us all about it.
We want to acknowledge those “first deer” hunters (buck or doe)
during our Big Game Awards Program on September 24th. So if you or
someone you know made 2015 the “first deer” year, call or text
me (Roger) at 570-529-3685 to hang your memories between the
inside spread of our deer pole!
March - The Shed Hunter's Month
The month of March is the best
time to start looking for shed antlers.
With a few exceptions, most antlers
will be dropped by then. Start
searching to early and you could
push bucks off your property where
they may shed the antlers that you
want to collect. Also, you could push
those deer out of critical winter cover.
Finding an antler will reveal an obvious piece of information right
off the bat--a buck stood in that precise spot when the antler hit
the ground. Take note of such locations because that could mean
you've discovered the home turf of that particular animal, and he
could very well occupy that same general area when hunting season arrives.
FOOD PLOT MANAGEMENT
A wide variety of seeds, plants and services are available
to landowners interested in building up the habitat diversity
on their properties.
Food plots have especially gained acceptance, not only for
their nutritional benefits, but for their hunting aspect as well.
Plots designed to be hunted over should consider stand
placement as priority number one.
Besides quick, quiet access to the stand, concealment and
wind direction while the stand is occupied, are key components
to it's effectiveness.
Forage brassicas including rape, kale and turnips are used extensively by landowners to provide
a fast-growing, high-yielding crop for nutrition and attraction in the late summer and fall months.
Depending on soil fertility, brassicas can achieve crude protein levels in the 15 to 30 percent range.
The benefits of planting corn:
1) High fat and carbohydrate food source when deer need it most.
2) Shade and security during the summer from heat and pesky flies.
3) Deer don't burn up calories digging in deep snow because grain stays well above ground.
4) Food source for many species of wildlife.
5) Grain is a prime food source during hunting seasons.
FORAGE SOYBEANS get 5 stars each for both nutrition and attraction. These high protein plants are developed for tall, leafy growth in addition to a bonus crop of beans consumed by deer, turkeys and other wildlife. Because of their high attraction, soybeans are vulnerable to overgrazing unless planted in large fields or by utilizing repellents. Thanks to the enclosure that was erected, the picture on the left clearly illustrates the severe beating that the deer have dealt this soybean plot.
An excellent resource for food plot management
is Quality Food Plots published by the Quality Deer Management Association. Contact them at 800-209-3337 or QDMA.com and ask about this outstanding guide.
NEW BOOK AVAILABLE
Taken by a Cuddeback Capture
The 13th Edition of the Records of North American Big Game, is the latest volume in
a series of records books begun by the Boone & Crockett Club in 1932.
This volume includes nearly 6000 more trophy entries than the 12th edition,
and features five new World's Records for grizzly bear, non-typical American elk,
tule elk, mountain caribou, and musk ox (tie).
DOES YOUR BEAR MAKE THE BOOK?
The 2015 PA bear harvest has now taken over the No. 3 all-time rank with a total harvest of 3748 bears.
Bears were taken in 57 of the state’s 67 counties, with Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga, Pike and Centre
Counties ranked 1-5 respectively.
The extended bear seasons accounted for 803 hunters successfully tagging bears, while 209 were taken
during the archery bear season.
Bradford County ranked 4th in the Northeast region harvest with 103 bears checked in.
If you or someone you know has taken a bear in Bradford County that qualifies for our skull or weight categories
contact the Club for entry details.
Antler Scoring Contest Fun
Be sure to brush up on your Boone & Crockett scoring skills prior
to our Awards Banquet. That way you can "take a shot" at guessing the Boone & Crockett score of our lineup of contest deer.. We know what
the official score is, but you have to guess by field judging only.
Closest scores will harvest some neat prizes!
The Bradford County Trophy Deer and Bear Club supports these fine programs -
FRIENDS OF NRA
HUNTERS SHARING THE HARVEST
WOMEN IN THE WILDS
TROY JUNIOR SPORTSMEN
BRADFORD COUNTY YOUTH FIELD DAY
Taken by Theodore Smith
in Wysox Township in 1950.
Over the years, there have been a number of trophy whitetails taken in Bradford County that are listed in the Pennsylvania Record Book. As time passed, the whereabouts of these trophies have become a mystery. Did the families that own the heads move out of the area and take the trophies with them? Were they sold or given to another family? Did the head end up in the landfill, or are these trophies still hanging in homes or lying in an attic right here in Bradford County?
We recently found one such trophy that had been known as the Charles Smith buck. We also discovered from family members that the hunter who killed this great buck in 1950 was actually Theodore Smith. According to family, sometime prior to 1976, Theodore's brother Charles took the head to a measuring program in Dallas where his name voluntarily became associated with the trophy. Our records will return the name to the rightful hunter.
Visit our TROPHY QUEST
link for a complete list of mystery whitetails.