PA Rifle Season Hunting

Tradition, there’s plenty of it this time of year. The time of year when you look at the calendar a few more times than you normally would. A time of year when you spend those vacation days as carefully as you do your hard-earned dollars. Making that time off last and giving yourself as much valuable time in the woods as you can.


Whether you’re heading up to camp or a stand close to home – this is an exciting time of year. A year’s worth of preparation from spring scouting, through the summer heat, and now opening morning is finally here. Dust off your blaze orange vest and that lucky hat because we’re ready for the deer rifle season in Pennsylvania.


Preparation almost seems like most of the fun the more seasons we take part in. Make no mistake it can be tough with work and school schedules. Carving out precious time to head to the range and make sure your trusted rifle is dialed in and ready when you need it. Putting in the work and knowing our gear is ready for the woods is what makes Pennsylvania hunters the envy of so many other states. We have a long history of serious hunters from Daniel Boone all the way down to our own families.


Understanding the value of the best gear you can afford for yourself is something we understand, because, like you, we know what helps you succeed from the high country up north, to the farm fields in the south. We’ve spent those mornings in the stand learning expensive lessons from cheap gear sold at the big box stores. If you’ve been thinking about replacing a piece of gear that’s seen better seasons or feel like an upgrade would help make your trip more enjoyable this year, stop out to the store. With a wide array of brands to fit what you’re looking for in quality and price, we can help you find what you need because we use it too.


When the temperature drops and you need to be in the stand all day, take a look at the full line of Field Sheer heated jackets and socks. Powered by Mobile Warming technology, it’s the edge you may be looking for at a price that’s far less than what you’ll be willing to pay on a cold cold day in the stand.


Also, don’t forget about our extensive line of blaze orange clothing. Blaze orange can fade over time and actually become illegal making you susceptible to a game warden’s ticket book. If you can’t remember that last time you updated your orange, you may want to stop out to look at updating now, so you don’t have any problems later.


Rifle scopes, binoculars, and range finders are also all great items to take stock of this time of year. With Antler restrictions for most hunters throughout the state, it’s always good to know if that buck coming towards you from a hundred yards out is legal and worthy of a heavy heartbeat. Knowing your distance and knowing you have a clear shot also gives you the confidence you need when you set out for this season.


Finally, don’t forget about our huge footwear section. From hunting to casual, if you need some help keeping dry and warm with new boots and socks, we carry some of the best brands at some of the best prices.


So, for what you need for this rifle season, from the backcountry to your backyard, stop in and take a look at the great products we have in stock. From all of us at Kinsey’s Outdoors be excited, be safe, best of luck, and let us know how you do out there.

Hunting the Full Moon

It seems like almost all of us have done it. You’re getting things ready to hit the woods in the morning. You head out to the garage, the truck, or you’re taking the dog out one more time before bed to be greeted by a hated enemy of the deer hunter, the full moon. You completely forgot during the week to check the upcoming moon phase and now you’re faced with a traditionally tough day of hunting.

Does a full moon have to be the death sentence of a day in the woods though? Now, I fully understand the controversy that question stirs up. Somewhere in this state someone may have been thrown out of a camp just for asking it but stay with me.

In case you don’t know why some deer hunters dread the full moon it’s because there is the belief that a full moon shines so much light the deer feed and interact at night because they can see better at a time when they are not so visible to hunters. Having gotten their feeding done, the deer then lay down during the daylight hours leaving hunters little to no chance at a shot.

It’s a theory that’s impossible to argue because it’s the opinion of hunters who have experienced it in the woods first hand. It’s also impossible to avoid the moon turning full at some point during hunting season and with other factors working against you (school, sports, someone who took the vacation days you wanted) sometimes you have no choice about when you can go.

Always remember the moon is not the only thing going on in the woods. The weather is still a huge factor for deer behavior. A cold front can still get them up on their feet. If it’s during the rut bucks won’t miss a chance to breed if they find a receptive doe day or night so that’s another motivating factor to move.

Also, don’t forget about the lunch rush. More and more you’ll hear about a dedicated hunter putting in the dark to dark shift that killed one of those hidden deer between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Why? Deer have been known to move later in the day during the full moon. Add that in with movement from other frustrated hunters heading back for a sandwich and sometimes you’re the success story of an accidental deer drive.

Finally look at where you’re hunting. What’s the property’s food availability? What’s the property’s deer density or population like? How much pressure from other hunters are the deer getting? Despite several scientific studies currently on deer behavior during a full moon using GPS mapping collars, no one has definitively stated deer will or will not move. Weather, pressure, rutting, and food availability will always play a role in what deer do.

So, before you put the camo away for a day of errands and sleeping in, evaluate the conditions and adjust your strategy. You only get so much time a year to hunt, go every chance you can.