Thursday, December 06, 2012
Bill Cochran's Mailbag: Can I still be in the deer woods?
Michael Pauley killed this fine buck in Botetourt County but much of the attention at the hunt club is directed toward the purple shirt his dad, Richard, is wearing.
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BILL: I am having trouble understanding what the state is saying about the last season crossbow hunt (in Virginia) and thought maybe you could shed some light. Is there a statewide late season for crossbow or are there only specific locations, mostly West and in some municipalities where hunting is allowed? I am in New Kent County and not sure if I am allowed out during late season.
DALE: There is no late season in New Kent County, according to Nelson Lafon, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries deer project coordinator. That means the last day you legally can kill a deer there this season is Jan. 5. The only areas in the state where a season continues past that date are in four counties in Northern Virginia and in the 39 localities that participate in the urban archery season listed in www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/urban-archery/.
BILL: Regarding your story on the decline of deer in the national forests, I wish to add Augusta County to the list. My hunting partner and I have spent 30 years hunting in the area around Elkhorn Lake in West Augusta and have noticed a serious decline of any deer there. During the last week of black-powder season, my partner and I both got our buck, within one hour of each other. But these were the only deer we saw in eight days of camping out in the woods. It is sad.
* Don Sledd reported killing “a really nice buck” and asked where he might get it scored under the Virginia and Boone & Crockett measuring methods. First off, he needs to let the rack cure for 60 days.
The Virginia scoring system is outlined on the Virginia Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association Web site, http://www.vpsa.org/deer.htm. This is the method used for the Virginia record book.
Details on the Boone & Crockett national scoring system can be found on that organization’s Web site: http://www.boone-cockett.org/bgRecords/ScoringYourTrophy.asp?area=bgRecords&ID=416327E9&se=1. This site also provides a list of qualified scorers.
If you send a clear email image of the rack to Matt Knox, he will give you an estimate on how your trophy will score. He is the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries deer project coordinator and his email is Matt.Knox@dgif.virginia.gov.
* Ned Honts sent a picture of an outstanding buck that Michael Pauley killed in Botetourt County. Alongside Pauley and his trophy deer is Michael’s Dad, Richard. The elder Pauley has been grabbing a lot of attention for the purple shirt he is wearing.
“We have gotten a lot of mileage out of it,” said Honts. Of course the shirt wouldn’t get a second look at a golf club, but a hunt club is a different animal.
I asked Pauley if he was tiring of blaze orange and trying to start a new trend with purple. He told me it wasn’t purple, it was plum.