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).
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s fleet of white trout stocking trucks are on the roll again. The trucks are planting trout for the regional opening day of trout season on April 2 and for the Mentored Youth Trout Days set for March 26 and April 9.
Although the centerfire ammunition supply has loosened for many calibers, .22LR rimfire ammo still seems to be on the short side. And this was the caliber avid target shooters and plinkers would use when it was cheap to shoot.
But since that’s not the case anymore, the big move is to airguns, be it one-pump pneumatic air guns or CO2 powered pistols and rifles. In fact, BB and pellet guns are even being used in precision shooting competitions such as one at Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio.
With warm weather predicted for the upcoming week, the spring fishing season should start up.
Anglers will surely be hitting the local streams like the Little Lehigh and Lehigh River searching for leftover trout. Lakes and ponds, too, will see some fishing traffic, but there’s one local pond that won’t as yet be fishable.
If you’re driving past the Econo Lodge on Route 309 in South Whitehall Township on Friday, March 11, around 6 p.m., and hear clucks, putts and gobbles, you may think turkeys escaped from Jaindl’s turkey pens. But no, it’s just the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) holding their 18th Annual Hunting Heritage Superfund Membership Banquet.
The final 2015 bear harvest figures are in and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has announced that it ranks as the third all-time highest harvest. And with a total of 3,748 bears taken in 2015, a whopping 68-percent of them topped the 500-pound mark.
This total surpassed the 2014 total of 3,371. The PGC says that with the 2015 harvest, it shows that the eighth largest bear harvests occurred in the past decade.
With our recent extremely cold temperatures, ice fishing has to turn-on on local waters. In fact fishing has been decent so far on Pocono lakes and even north of there where temperatures allowed for safe ice.
Like snowflakes falling from the sky, the snows have landed. No not the frozen, slippery white stuff, but snow geese.
If you’re an avid kayaker, there’s no need to stop paddling when the weather turns frigid. But if you go, there are precautions that must be taken during these freezing times.
Veteran kayakers say that while winter paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see some amazing winter beauty, it must be done with safety in mind.
When the Pennsylvania Game Commission begins sending out hunting press releases for the soon to start small game hunting seasons, you'll realize summer is almost over and you'll wonder where it went.
As such, the PGC has approved the early migratory bird hunting seasons, with special emphasis on the start-end dove seasons.