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.
The photo at the right was taken from a ladder stand
overlooking a secluded plot. The plot was sown to buckwheat
on May 21st, but will be tilled under around August 1st and
planted to turnips...just in time for hunting season.
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?
A five day statewide archery bear season,
a four day gun season which included a Saturday
opener, and an extended season in various WMU's
during the first week of deer season has resulted
in a final 2012 statewide harvest of 3632 bears which
ranks 3rd overall.
Bears were taken in 56 of the state's 67 Counties with
Lycoming and Clinton ranked 1st and 2nd followed
by Tioga and Potter.
There were 86 bears harvested in Bradford County during the 2012 season which was 38
less than the previous season. If you or someone you know has taken a bear in Bradford
County that qualifies for our skull or weight categories, contact our Club for entry details.
Antler & Skull 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
B&C score of a deer rack and a bear skull that evening. 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 -
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.