Saturday, Oct. 1, marks the state wide opening of the archery bow hunting season for antlered and antlerless deer. The season typically follows the early opener in WMU units 2B, 5C and 5D where the Pennsylvania Game Commission allows a longer hunt to cull the overabundance of deer in those populated areas.
Come Saturday, most hunters will be climbing into treestands as they hold the most advantageous vantage point to see deer farther into the woods while having unaware deer come closer to the hunter for clean arrow shot.
For sportsmen and sports gals fortunate to have a place to hunt in WMU’s 2B, here in 5C and 5D, the archery deer hunting season kicks off for you this Saturday, Sept. 17. The season starts here two weeks earlier than the statewide season that gets underway Oct. 1. At this time both antlered and antlerless deer may be taken.
On Sept. 4, Northampton’s Hungarian Hall Golf Association held its Ring of Fire golf tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course in North Catasauqua. But this wasn’t your typical golf outing. It was a benefit that, over the past 10 years, has raised more than $63,000 to help a needy person, family or charity, according to Jeff Christoff, the charity’s spokesperson.
With the heat and steaming humidity we’ve been experiencing, it’s difficult to think about hunting.
Even fishing isn’t that good during these dog days of summer. But come Thursday, Sept. 1, the traditional dove and early goose season kicks off.
Since dove are somewhat easier to hunt this time of year, we’ll focus on them as corn and soybean crops are still growing which makes those fields not conducive to goose hunting methods.
This weekends Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza’s 11th annual outdoors show, complete with the gamut of outdoor related equipment and informational displays and held at the Kempton Fairgrounds, is not strictly for adults. The show’s main theme is focused on kids, and as Bob Danenhower, show co-director says, “When others talk the walk, we walk the walk and give kids first hand knowledge of the lifelong pursuits of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.”
While we’re still not in the dog days of summer doldrums - a time when heat and humidity bring most fishing action to a crawl if not a stop - you may want to hit the waters before that occurs.
And with recent rains that brought local streams up a bit, most of our local fishing reporters say fishing remains decent.
Our local Hamburg resident and pro handgun shooter Doug Koenig did it again.
Koenig won his 17th Bianchi Cup shooting match recently while competing against 35 other top shooters in the world.
In the Cup’s history, which is held annually in Columbia, Missouri, no one has ever won this many Bianchi Cups and coincidentally, Koenig also won the first ever Bianchi Cup back in 1990 when he shot a perfect score of 1920-157X.
Trout anglers need to mark their calendars for Saturday May 21. That’s the day the Lehigh River Stocking Association is holding its 5th Annual Trout Fishing Contest on the upper Lehigh River.
And when LRSA stocks trout, they stock big ones. In fact, the organization plans to stock about 500, 14-28 inch trout and 12 trophy size trout that will be 20-plus inches in length.
The Lunkerfest stocking will take place before the contest opens, which gets underway at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.
If you never tried kayaking and would like to learn, the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Team River Runners, are hosting introductory sessions.
One will be held at a local swimming pool on May 15 (location to be announced) and another at Leaser Lake on May 22.
The much awaited 2015-16 deer harvest numbers are in and they show some interesting findings. For one, the entire harvest of 315,813 increased about four percent over the 2014-15 harvest of 303,973. Of that number, 137,580 were antlered deer that reflected an increase of about 15 percent over the previous season’s harvest of 119,260. And that was resulted in a whopping 59 percent of bucks that were 2? years old or older, which makes it the highest percentage of adult bucks in the harvest in decades, says the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).