While much of the 30 inches of snow the Lehigh Valley received, and although most of it is gone, should the deep, fluffy, white stuff return, it opens another winter opportunity that, aside from alpine and cross-country skiing, can be done by anyone who enjoys walking.
What we’re referring to is snowshoeing. It’s fun, offers great aerobic exercise, can be done by young and old, doesn’t require athletic ability nor is it costly.
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.
If you're a family that camps out or goes RVing, it's a sure bet you own a Coleman lantern or two. Aside from Coleman's famed coolers, their lanterns are probably the second more popular Coleman product that is so recognizable by outdoors oriented folks. And although coolers require minimum care, lanterns require a bit more TLC.
Now that the spring turkey season is open, sportsmen have a trifecta of outdoor pursuits to enjoy in that they can hunt turkey in the morning, fish for trout at noon then swing over to the Delaware River and try for shad with a possible striper thrown in during late afternoon hours when the river water temperature is warmer.
As for turkey, opening day weather could not have better. Warm temperatures kept hunters in the woods up until quitting time. And some lucky hunters were able to call in and bag a bearded gobbler for dinner.
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. The statewide season opens two weeks later (April 18) when a total of 700 streams and 120 lakes will have been stocked with trout. Of the 3.2 million trout to be planted, 2.01 million were rainbow trout, 641,000 were brown trout and 535,000 were brookies.
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.
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.
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.
This past weekend was ideal for ice fishing as continued freezing temperatures managed to produce some fishable ice on local ponds and lakes. And barring any heat-ups, this upcoming Saturday should be equally as good.
It's been proven that first ice at the beginning of the season and last ice at the end of the season, is the best time to ice fish and when fish are on the feed.
Our recent temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s will not allow local lakes and ponds to freeze. But don't expect these unseasonal temperatures to last.
In the mean time, hardwater anglers have time to gather and check their gear now as there's a good chance it was stashed last season with plans to give it another go, which never materialized for one reason or another.