Outdoors: Archery deer season kicks off September 17
For sportsmen and sports gals fortunate to have a place to hunt in WMU’s 2B, here in 5C and 5D, the archery deer hunting season kicks off for you this Saturday, Sept. 17. The season starts here two weeks earlier than the statewide season that gets underway Oct. 1. At this time both antlered and antlerless deer may be taken.
The reason for the earlier date in these WMU’s is because these areas hold an overabundance of deer, more than the land they’re in can hold. Aside from the food factor, deer-vehicle collisions are a primary concern because folks with auto insurance deductibles have to shell out for an accident they didn’t cause. Granted, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will allow the motorist to, with PGC approval, to claim the dead deer, but it doesn’t pacify the motorist who has to be without their vehicle while it’s in the body shop for repair.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Pennsylvania has the highest number of deer-vehicle collisions in the country with an estimated 115,000 collisions in 2013 that caused $400 million in damage.
With temperatures predicted to drop to around normal for this weekend, deer hunting during comfortable temperatures is what gives the archery season the edge, and deer will be more apt to move around. Added to this, the deer are still in their less wary summer feeding patterns making the larger bucks more visible and accessible.
MINSI LAKE DAM RECONSTRUCTION
If you fish the 117-acre Minsi Lake in Northampton County, you may want to attend their public meeting on Oct. 3 at the Bangor Area High School starting at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting is to discuss the reconstruction of the dam at Minsi. This sounds familiar as Leaser Lake recently underwent the same situation.
Because of the repairs, the fish commission has lifted all seasons, sizes and creek limits at the lake for warm water species. The lifting, however, does not apply to trout. Despite the repairs, the lake is scheduled to receive a fall stocking on Oct. 5 and will still receive a stocking for opening day in 2017.