I have met Steve Bartylla and I have the greatest respect for him. I, too, enjoyed his article about using decoys in gun season. I agree with a lot of what he said, and he provides some important safety cautions. However, the very last sentence needs a minor edit for hunters where I live who might decide to use a deke in gun season:
By following the safety rules, you eliminate the dangers and are left with a powerful draw that can do wonders for filling buck tags.
Here's my edit:
By following the safety rules, you reduce the dangers and are left with a powerful draw that can do wonders for filling buck tags.
Like Kighty7, I live in Pennsylvania. Some hunters might be able to find a place to use the deke on a weekday late in the gun season, or in the post-Christmas flintlock season, but nothing you can do will eliminate
the dangers, even on private property. So many of the private properties we have here are open to all comers, and some of them draw more hunters than public properties. I can't think of a place where I'd dare use a decoy in an either-sex gun season.
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