For the upcoming hunting and shooting seasons, there has been a plethora of new products that debuted last month at the Archery Trade Association show (ATA) held in Indiana and the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas, that should piqued the interest of hunters and shooters.
Mark your calendar as this coming Saturday, Feb. 7, the largest outdoors related event in the country kicks off when NRA's Great American Outdoor Show starts its nine day run at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Most local folks simply refer to it as the "Harrisburg Show" which got its name many moons ago when another show producer hosted it but lost it because they forbid AR type rifles to be displayed. As such, the NRA stepped in and decided to produce the show themselves so firearms would not be excluded.
There couldn't be a better time to go predator hunting with all the snow we have on the ground. The snow covering allows hunters to more easily see a coyote, fox or bobcat approaching from a far distance compared to snowless surroundings where these critters blend in.
If you'd like to try predator hunting Kirk McKendree of FoxPro's pro hunting staff offers these helpful tips and techniques for taking the predators, with coyotes foremost on the menu.
This past weekend was ideal for ice fishing as continued freezing temperatures managed to produce some fishable ice on local ponds and lakes. And barring any heat-ups, this upcoming Saturday should be equally as good.
It's been proven that first ice at the beginning of the season and last ice at the end of the season, is the best time to ice fish and when fish are on the feed.
Our recent temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s will not allow local lakes and ponds to freeze. But don't expect these unseasonal temperatures to last.
In the mean time, hardwater anglers have time to gather and check their gear now as there's a good chance it was stashed last season with plans to give it another go, which never materialized for one reason or another.
Heavy rain during the first week of the firearms deer season put a damper of sorts on harvest numbers according to local deer processors. Because of the nasty weather, there was a rumor floating around that the Pennsylvania Game Commission was considering extending the buck season. In a call to Cheryl Trewella, PGC's media relation's manager for the Southeast Region, she said they knew nothing about an extension and was surprised that their office had not received calls regarding the rumor.
With Christmas gift giving just around the corner, it seems sportsmen and sports gals are always the toughest to buy for. As such, here are some gift ideas, many of which are under $100 that should delight a variety of outdoors folks.
Shakespeare, makers of the durable Ugly Stik, have introduced (in time for Christmas), their new Elite model that can be bought as a combo with a reel, or singularly and is offered in five casting and 17 spinning models.
As we're set for another winter of fun, snow loving folks may want to know what they can look forward to on our local slopes. As such, here's what's new at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Resort.
The Macungie area resort upgraded their snowmaking pump system and added more snowguns for improved snowmaking.
The Monday after Thanksgiving is a special holiday of sorts as over 700,000 orange clad hunters head to Penn's Woods for the traditional opening of the firearms deer season for antlered and antlered deer in most parts of the state. In some areas hunters may only take antlered deer for the first five days. The reason for this is that the antlerless deer population is not up to par in those areas.
Pennsylvania's black bear bowhunting season got underway Monday, Nov. 17. That season runs until this Friday, Nov. 21. Then on Saturday, Nov. 22, the general four-day firearms season kicks off and runs from Monday, Nov. 24 to Wednesday, Nov. 26.
It's become common knowledge among big game hunters that Pennsylvania has a large population of approximately 8,000 bears statewide. Added to that, the bears are big.
In 2013, there were 3,510 bears taken, which, says the PGC, was the fifth-largest harvest in state history.