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).
Despite fall temperatures, avid anglers don’t let that prevent them from launching their boats for some fall fishing. For those who do, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PF&BC) reminds all boaters that beginning Nov. 1 and continuing until April 30, you are required to wear a life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length.
Sportsman have a potpourri of hunting pursuits after this past weekend’s opening of the squirrel, rabbit, grouse, woodcock and one-week muzzleloader deer hunting season (that ends this Sat. Oct. 22) for antlerless deer. Add to that duck season that opens in the southern portions of Pennsylvania.
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.
On Sept. 4, Northampton’s Hungarian Hall Golf Association held its Ring of Fire golf tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course in North Catasauqua. But this wasn’t your typical golf outing. It was a benefit that, over the past 10 years, has raised more than $63,000 to help a needy person, family or charity, according to Jeff Christoff, the charity’s spokesperson.
While we’re still not in the dog days of summer doldrums - a time when heat and humidity bring most fishing action to a crawl if not a stop - you may want to hit the waters before that occurs.
And with recent rains that brought local streams up a bit, most of our local fishing reporters say fishing remains decent.
In recognition of National Safe Boating Week May 21-27 and with Memorial Day upcoming when boaters traditionally take to the waters, the major theme is to practice safe and responsible boating. And most of all, wearing a life jacket when aboard a watercraft.
Each year, on average, 700 people die in boating-related accidents nationwide. Nearly 80-percent of the victims were not wearing a life jacket according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In Pennsylvania last year, four boaters died as a result of recreational boating accidents.
During Pennsylvania’s 2015 hunting season, there were 23 hunting-related shooting incidents statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Remarkably, that was the lowest number on record says the PGC.
Come daybreak on Saturday (April 30) morning, a quarter million or so hunters will be in Penn’s Woods, sitting in silence in an effort to call in and bag a spring gobbler. As such, and be it big woods or small woodlots, there will be clucks, purrs and gobbles filling the morning air.
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).