As deer and other big game hunting seasons will soon get underway in Pennsylvania, they also start elsewhere in the United States and Canada, where many Keystone State hunters travel for big-racked bucks be it deer, elk or moose.
To avoid spreading chronic wasting disease, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) reminds hunters that Pennsylvania prohibits importing specific carcass parts from members of the deer family that include mule deer, elk and moose from 21 states and two Canadian provinces.
If you're a bowhunter, you have a mere month before the Sept. 20 start of the archery antlerless deer-hunting season in WMU's 2B, 5C, and 5D.
And because of that, the folks at Mossy Oak Camo's Gamekeepers, say this is the time to put up your treestand so deer get used to its presence and your scent will eventually wash off of it before the season opener. That and the disturbance you make in the woods erecting it will also be forgotten by then.
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the first part of the small game season is about to get underway.
Sept. 1 is the customary start of the dove-hunting season in Pennsylvania, and this year hunters are getting some extra time to hunt them.
Along with the approval of the early migratory bird seasons established by U.S. Fish & Wildlife frameworks, the total season length has increased from 70 to 90 days.
While most outdoor sportsmen shows are held during the freezing months of January and February, the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza (LVHFE) is held in August when fall fishing begins to heat up and hunting seasons are forthcoming.
This year the show opens Aug. 23-24 at Kempton Fairgrounds, one day shorter than in the past to allow distant vendors sufficient time to set up their booths and attractions.
As we're in the height of the vacation season, it's also a time when homes get burglarized since the bad guys seem to know when there's no activity at a residence. And because of this, and if you're an outdoor sportsman who owns a variety of hunting and personal protection firearms, they need to be secured in a safe.
For many years I procrastinated about buying a safe. But in today's world, and if you own firearms or are concerned about a fire at your residence, a safe is a good investment.
While it doesn't have the fanfare or crowds of the trout opener, Pennsylvania's June 14 bass season opener on area lakes and rivers has a larger year-round following that faithfully practice catch-and-release.
When seeking top bass waters in Lehigh Valley, veteran anglers hit the big three of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono's, Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County and Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County.
While it doesn't have the enormity of the Harrisburg sportsman show now run by the NRA, the resurrected Lehigh Valley Sportsmen's Show (historically called the Allentown show) has changed its two-day format of its inaugural year last year to a three-day show this year.
This year's show kicks off Friday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 2 at the Agri-Plex building in the Allentown Fairgrounds.
here 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 and missed Cabela's recent standing-room-only predator hunting seminar featuring Kirk McKendree of FoxPro's pro hunting staff, his two-hour presentation was full of helpful tips and techniques for taking the aforementioned trio of predators.
With the latest blast of snow we've received, conditions are perfect for a cross-country ski experience.
It won't be long before anglers can walk on water. In fact before the recent heat wave hit, local ponds and even Ontelaunee Reservoir, the premier ice fishery in upper Berks County, had skim ice. But since we're in the southern zone, Pocono Mountain lakes and ponds normally develop thicker ice sooner, so ice fishermen hit those waters first.
And since we're in the lull between seasons, now's the time to dig out the ice gear and check your tip-ups, ice reels, line and power augers to see if they need repair or replacement before first safe ice.