As a New York Chiropractic College student Patrick PJ Connors hasn't had a lot of time the past couple years to go archery hunting, but the self-described avid outdoorsman managed to squeeze in a couple days two weeks ago to hunt with his father, Pat, near Laceyville, Wyoming County.
Unlike their past archery hunts, this one was successful.
PJ, 26, a 2005 PA graduate, had been bow hunting since he was 12, but had never had a shot at a trophy buck. The first day out PJ and his father saw nine buck, all of them either two far away for a bow or lacking a trophy rack.
This seems to be a recurring theme for me, PJ said. In 14 years of bow hunting I passed on a lot of smaller buck for hopes of shooting a true trophy.
His luck changed the second day out, Friday, November 9.
A beautiful buck walked into my stand at 7:38 a.m. This buck is special to me as it is my first buck with the bow and as I said before, because I passed on so many legal buck over the years in search of a trophy PA whitetail.
PJ, 26, went to St. Lawrence University and King's College, and is set to graduate December 1 from New York Chiropractic.
He has a job waiting for him at the Pittston Chiropractic Clinic and is anxious to come home to live and, as he said, enjoy all of what northeastern PA has to offer.
His father Pat Connors, 58, is an officer with the Teamsters Union Local 401 in Wilkes-Barre.