Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, February 23, 2018

Now's the time to check your ice fishing gear

Thursday, January 1, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

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.

Rain puts damper on deer harvest numbers

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Heavy rain during the first week of the firearms deer season put a damper of sorts on harvest numbers according to local deer processors. Because of the nasty weather, there was a rumor floating around that the Pennsylvania Game Commission was considering extending the buck season. In a call to Cheryl Trewella, PGC's media relation's manager for the Southeast Region, she said they knew nothing about an extension and was surprised that their office had not received calls regarding the rumor.

Gift ideas for your favorite sportsperson

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With Christmas gift giving just around the corner, it seems sportsmen and sports gals are always the toughest to buy for. As such, here are some gift ideas, many of which are under $100 that should delight a variety of outdoors folks.

ANGLERS

Shakespeare, makers of the durable Ugly Stik, have introduced (in time for Christmas), their new Elite model that can be bought as a combo with a reel, or singularly and is offered in five casting and 17 spinning models.

What's new at our local ski slopes this winter season

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Wednesday's snowfall was just the incentive snow lovers needed to hit the slopes for skiing, boarding and tubing. And for those on skinny skis, cross-country skiing opportunities.

As we're set for another winter of fun, snow loving folks may want to know what they can look forward to on our local slopes. As such, here's what's new at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

BEAR CREEK

The Macungie area resort upgraded their snowmaking pump system and added more snowguns for improved snowmaking.

Recent bear seasons have yielded record harvests in PA

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania's black bear bowhunting season got underway Monday, Nov. 17. That season runs until this Friday, Nov. 21. Then on Saturday, Nov. 22, the general four-day firearms season kicks off and runs from Monday, Nov. 24 to Wednesday, Nov. 26.

It's become common knowledge among big game hunters that Pennsylvania has a large population of approximately 8,000 bears statewide. Added to that, the bears are big.

In 2013, there were 3,510 bears taken, which, says the PGC, was the fifth-largest harvest in state history.

Rut season means more deer are crossing busy roadways

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With daylight saving time upon us, more cars are on the road during hours when deer move the most. That, plus the deer rut is on, which has bucks throwing caution to the wind as they chase doe.

Last week as I was driving on Mauch Chunk Road when two sizeable antlerless deer ran out from the cornfield (belonging to Geo Chemicals) and across the road into the harvested soybean on the east side of the road.