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.
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.