Spring gobbler hunters beware.
There’s a new rare, potentially deadly tick-borne disease that has been identified in Pennsylvania by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). And the agency says it could be worse than Lyme disease.
CDC says the same tick that carries Lyme has caused Powassan, or POW for short. The agency says the virus can affect the nervous system, your memory, your thinking and your balance.
When reading most fishing articles, whether they’re written by fishing pros or outdoor writers, a good percentage of them relate fishing tips and techniques when fishing from a boat. But what about us boatless anglers?
Dr. Jason Halfen, of The Technological Angler, a company dedicated to teaching anglers to leverage modern technology to find and catch fish, has refreshingly good tips and techniques for those who fish from shore. After all, he claims, nearly everyone who gets their first start in fishing usually has cast a line from shore.
Mother Nature put the kibosh to the southeastern trout opener with Friday’s heavy rain. As a result, all local streams and creeks were running high, fast and muddy. Even Leaser Lake was cold and off-colored.
My trout opener travels took me first to the Little Lehigh by the Covered Bridge in Lehigh Parkway off 24th St.
The banks of local streams and creeks will be lined with anglers come Saturday, April 1, when the regional trout fishing opener kicks off in 18 southeastern counties. The crowds will resemble a celebration of sorts as anglers, many with families young and old, try their luck to catch a few recently stocked trout.
If you have a boat, canoe, kayak or float tube, you may want to join the bank fishermen at Leaser Lake as it too has been stocked and is the only fish species in the lake that can legally be kept.
The official total estimated deer harvest numbers for the 2016-17 season are in and they reflect a buck harvest increase of nine percent. This makes it the largest antlered deer harvest since 2002.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports hunters took an estimated 333,254 deer during the 2016-17 seasons, which represents an overall harvest increase of 6-percent.
If you’re an avid saltwater fishing fan, you have to attend the only saltwater fishing show in the northeast. And until you can wet a line in the suds, the Saltwater Fishing Expo in New Jersey serves as a primer to the upcoming saltwater season.
This annual saltwater expo kicks off its three-day run on Friday, March 17. It features the latest in saltwater tackle, boats, watercraft gear and seminars that cover the gamut of saltwater angling. In fact, there are tackle items offered that can’t be found in most tackle shops or big box stores.
At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Board gave preliminary approval for the use of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns for big game hunting in the state.
Up until now, only semi-auto shotguns could be used for small game, turkey and waterfowl hunting. So this new approval opens the door for such firearms as modern sporting rifles (wrongly termed assault rifles) as well as military M1 Garand and M14, Remington 7400, Browning BAR and similar style semi-auto rifles. And this includes semi-auto .22Õs for small game like squirrels.
Through the proceeds from the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg (the “Harrisburg show” as it has been known), the National Rifle Association (NRA) is donating $43,000 to five Pennsylvania organizations that promote the outdoor lifestyle through educational and recreational activities.
One of the five is our local Camp Compass, an Allentown-based inner city youth organization that introduces urban, middle and high school students to various outdoor activities.
The Boone and Crocket Club (www.boone-crockett.org) has announced a potentially new world record bowshot elk.
Taken during the 2016 Montana archery season, and on public land, the elk scored an astounding 430 inches after the six-day drying period.
The bull elk was taken on a solo hunt early in the Montana archery season by resident Steve Felix, who brought the bull to the attention of Boone & Crockett (B&C).
Although we’ve had some cold, below freezing temperature nights, you would think it wouldn’t be sufficient for local lakes to freeze for ice fishing.
Well some are.
According to Chris Mohry, from Chris’ Outdoors Sports shop in Mertztown, die-hard ice anglers have been ice fishing Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County for the past two weeks.
Mohry reports that Ontelaunee has from 2-4 inches of ice depending on where you are on the lake.