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.
As the weather gets colder, kayakers and canoers should keep in mind that cold water can be unforgiving in the fall. For paddlers with just a few inches of freeboard to spare, getting wet this time of year can have serious consequences, says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety. So they offer these seven tips for fall paddlecraft safety.