After a survey of local tackle shops, all agree that this winter has been one of the best ice fishing seasons in a long time. Thanks goes to Mother Nature who provided prolonged periods of freezing temperatures, with no thaw periods in between.
Chris from Chris's Bait and Tackle in Mertztown, said this was the best ice fishing season he's seen in a many years, even though last season wasn't too bad but the ice didn't last as long as it has so far this year.
If you missed the Harrisburg sports show, fear not as there are two more upcoming shows, albeit on a smaller scale.
The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow opens February 26 (and runs to Mar. 1) in Oaks, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Aside from a long list of hunting and fishing vendors, outfitters, displays of boats, ATV's and trucks, the show also hosts numerous seminars.
In an Archery Wire article, American deer hunters are killing the highest-ever percentage of buck's age 3 1/2 and older according to data gathered by Quality Deer Management Association in its 2015 Whitetail Report.
During the 2013-14 season from data available from all states, 34 percent of bucks harvested and who collect buck age data, were 3 1/2 or older. That number is up from 32 percent the season before, and is significantly up from a decade before, when only 23 percent of the national buck harvest was mature.
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.