Doug Koenig, formerly of Alburtis and now residing in Hamburg, has done it again. Actually, he's done it 16 times.
Koenig, a competitive professional handgun shooter has recently won his 16th Bianchi Cup shooting competition held May 20-23 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Columbia, Missouri.
Bianchi is the most prestigious and one of the oldest professional handgun shooting competitions in the country. And no one has won more Bianchi's than Koenig.
If you're a spring gobbler hunter who still has an unfilled harvest tag, there's still this week to do so.
And to give you more time afield to pursue a long beard, hunting hours have increased from a half-hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
With spring turkey hunting season in high gear and anglers fishing the grassy banks of the Jordan Creek, especially the upper Jordan on state game lands where deer are plentiful, sportsmen and hikers must beware of ticks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH), issued a notice to all hospitals and medical facilities to be on the lookout for cases of Lyme disease. The notice says that Pennsylvania has one of the highest incidences of Lyme disease (LD) in the nation over the last five years. And that the blacklegged tick or deer tick is in all 67 counties.
While many anglers are fishing for recently stocked trout, others are pursuing shad in the Delaware River. But if you crave bigger fish, stripers are currently making their way up the Delaware River.
Now that the spring turkey season is open, sportsmen have a trifecta of outdoor pursuits to enjoy in that they can hunt turkey in the morning, fish for trout at noon then swing over to the Delaware River and try for shad with a possible striper thrown in during late afternoon hours when the river water temperature is warmer.
As for turkey, opening day weather could not have better. Warm temperatures kept hunters in the woods up until quitting time. And some lucky hunters were able to call in and bag a bearded gobbler for dinner.
They'll be some hootin' and hollerin going on in Penn's Woods as the spring turkey hunting season is about to get under way.
With the boating season soon to begin, be it for fishing or cruising, BoatUS, the organization for recreational boaters, are telling motorboat owners to be cautious on filling their boat gas tanks with E15 biofuel (fuel containing up to 15 percent corn-based ethanol).
Come Saturday, April 4, local streams and a few lakes will be teaming with anglers attempting to catch a few trout that were stocked for the early trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.
Despite Fridays snowstorm, it's difficult to think about sunny warm days and trout fishing. Saturday, March 28 kicks off the Regional Mentored Trout Youth Day when youngsters age 15 and under may fish with a mentored license holder that is 16 years of age and older. At that time each youth and mentor may keep two trout at least seven inches in length.
The Youth Day runs from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in 18 southcentral and southeastern counties that include local Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton.
The much-anticipated Pennsylvania deer harvest report figures are in, and they're not encouraging.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took an estimated 303,973 total deer or about a 14 percent decrease compared to the 2013-14 seasons which saw 352,920 deer being harvested.
Of this total, 119,260 antlered deer were shot or about an 11 percent decrease compared to last season when 134,280 bucks were taken.
On the antlerless side, 184,713 were killed compared to 2013-14 when 218,640 were harvested for a 16 percent decrease.