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).
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.