By Steven Sparano
With East Stroudsburg University being located in the Poconos there are many hunting opportunities for those students who have a PA license or students who have purchased the out of state license.
With Muzzleloader season already passed and archery still going on up until January everyday is another chance.
However, starting Monday Nov. 27 the most popular hunting season in Pa. is now open to the public.
The twelve-day rifle Deer season is open; you can harvest one antlered Deer and one antlerless with the possession of an antlerless tag.
According to Pennlive.com there were an estimated 550,000 hunters walking into the woods Monday morning.
Without a doubt a few of those were our very own ESU peers.
I spoke with Tyler Daley ESU student and hunter.
He stated that he has been preparing for opening day of rifle for about 2 months up at school already.
He has been scouting the public land, building stands and watching trail cams to give him the best opportunity at a nice buck this season.
Although he is not just a deer hunter, Daley has been hitting the woods hard up here in Poconos for the past few months for pheasant, duck, Canadian geese, snow geese and turkey.
It is harder for students who love the sport of hunting but are away from home. It is like starting from scratch.
It takes a lot of time and dedication to ensure you a successful hunt.
It may be even easier at times, however not the most effective but to stalk the deer hoping to jump one as your walking through the woods.
Gaetano Sabelli who is also an ESU hunter said with the load of his class work he finds it harder to have the time to dedicate days to preparing the hunt, which saddens him but as long as he gets out in the field he feels he has succeeded.
He only wishes he had the same access to private land as he has at home.
I also spoke with female huntress Bridget Murphy of ESU.
She stated that “Being up here is a gift, there is just so much prime land full of opportunities to hunt from small game to big game. Coming from a family of outdoorsman they are always asking if I am taking advantage of the hunting paradise we live on.”
I must agree with here my first day out deer hunting of the season I came across a nice sized black bear sitting right in front of my blind.
There are just so much life and beauty to the Pocono woods.
“It’s not just about the animal, its about being out in nature and the stories that come along with it with the people you care about,” stated Murphy.
Driving approximately 15 minutes from ESU, you can find your self in prime state game land.
Also within 30 minutes you can find your self in state game land 127 located in Tobyhanna.
This game land is known to be the home to many Deer, Bear, and small game. So as long as you’ve got your licenses and your favorite bow or firearm don’t waste time get out and enjoy your passion.
Always remember if you are hunting alone in a stand or on the ground, always have your phone charged and let someone know the location you will be hunting; and the times you plan on returning incase of an emergency.
Cheers to the Season! It’s in our nature.
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