Northeast Rut Reporter Mike Bleech has been hunting whitetails in his native Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast for more than four decades. A Vietnam veteran and full-time freelance outdoor writer, Bleech has had more than 5000 of his articles published. States covered: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA OH, MD, DE.
Long haul trucker Dave Baker, a skilled and enthusiastic deer hunter, makes it home every two weeks for our pinochle games. Between those games he provides reports from his many miles along the highways throughout our Northeast Region. Most recently is a run over the weekend and the first couple days of this week that seem to indicate the few days of buck activity last week took a break in some areas.
On I-80 in Pennsylvania, from the Poconos to the Ohio border, he observed 40 road killed deer, 13 of which were bucks. One was half of a nice 10-point.
Once in Ohio, though, buck sightings ended. From the Pennsylvania line to Akron there were no deer along the highway. From Akron along 7 miles of I-76 four does lay alongside the road. All of the way south to Columbus along I-71 he saw just four dead does and seven live does. Several dead does lay along the beltway around Columbus, all does.
Through the remainder of Ohio, and sneaking slightly out of our region through West Virginia before re-entering Pennsylvania, there were no does.
Baker’s schedule has not given him a chance for bowhunting this fall. During his most recent call, though he announced that he would be taking time for the Pennsylvania firearms hunt.
As of Tuesday I have again heard about a few hunters seeing bucks chasing does, so this may be a good time to be hunting. Right now the moon is but a sliver, but I look forward to being in New York to hunt around the November 21st full moon.