If you're a striped bass angler and fish the Delaware River for linesiders, be advised creel limits may be changing – downward.
An amendment has been proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), of which the PA Fish and Boat Commission is a member, to address anglers' concerns about declining catch rates.
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the first part of the small game season is about to get underway.
Sept. 1 is the customary start of the dove-hunting season in Pennsylvania, and this year hunters are getting some extra time to hunt them.
Along with the approval of the early migratory bird seasons established by U.S. Fish & Wildlife frameworks, the total season length has increased from 70 to 90 days.
If you'd like to try your luck at hunting Pennsylvania's most majestic game animal, you have until July 31 to submit your drawing application for the 2014 elk hunt.
This year the drawing for elk tags has been moved up a bit and will be held at a new location. The drawing is now set for Aug. 16 in Benezette, PA and in conjunction with Pennsylvania's Great Outdoor Elk Expo according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. So unlike last year, hunters should be aware of the earlier drawing date.
As we're in the height of the vacation season, it's also a time when homes get burglarized since the bad guys seem to know when there's no activity at a residence. And because of this, and if you're an outdoor sportsman who owns a variety of hunting and personal protection firearms, they need to be secured in a safe.
For many years I procrastinated about buying a safe. But in today's world, and if you own firearms or are concerned about a fire at your residence, a safe is a good investment.
With stream fishing at a virtual standstill now that all trout stockings are over, the next best waters are rivers and lakes. Or, if you want to try something different, try bowfishing for what is termed trash fish like carp and suckers in area lakes and ponds.
Once graduating from those species, you may want to try for some really big fish like stingrays and skates. That's what Bob Danenhower and family did recently on the back bays of Chincoteague Island where wild horses still roam.
It has been said that in late spring a man's fancy not only turns to love, but to buying a new car or boat. And the latter may bring out the worst when not buying from a reputable boat dealer.
According to Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), boat buyers are getting ripped off by boat buying scams as reported to its Consumer Protection Bureau.
BoatUS offers the following way to greatly improve your chance of a smooth sale or purchase of a boat – and when to walk away.
While it doesn't have the fanfare or crowds of the trout opener, Pennsylvania's June 14 bass season opener on area lakes and rivers has a larger year-round following that faithfully practice catch-and-release.
When seeking top bass waters in Lehigh Valley, veteran anglers hit the big three of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono's, Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County and Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County.
Here we go again.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has issued an announcement that it plans to lower Leaser Lake's water level because of another leak (seepage) in the earthen dam.
The current water level at the lake is approximately 6.5 feet below full pool and will be lowered another 6.5 feet over the next two weeks.
The spillway at the lake's dam was completely rebuilt in 2012 however, during the refill process, PFBC engineers discovered a small seep in the earthen dam, which has kept the lake from being completely filled, says the agency.
If you're an upland hunter and thrilled at the cackle of a ring-necked pheasant flushing from a cornfield, this sensation comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's expensive pheasant stocking program. If the PGC wouldn't stock, there would be no long tails to give us that thrill.
As we all know, pheasant hunting is similar to trout fishing. It's put and take. And that's after the foxes, great horned owls, red tailed hawks and coyotes get first dibs.
With all the snow we've had, local sportsmen and deer lovers are probably wondering how our whitetail deer are adapting since browse is harder to get through the deep snow.
According to Cheryl Trewella, PGC Public Information Officer, "Snow is not the problem as much as heavy ice on top of it. Heavy ice atop the snow can cause broken hips," she explains.
Trewella furnished a copy of a PGC deer biologist report on the subject that says people are probably more affected by the snow conditions than deer are.