Southwick Associates, the folks who do yearly surveys on hunting and fishing preferences, has released their recent Fall Hunter/Shooter Survey showing the most popular hunting, shooting equipment purchases by sportsmen and sports gals, and the species they pursued.
The panel, composed of hunters and shooters from across the country who volunteer to participate, track hunter/shooter participation and purchases.
Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and have set a new state record over a 30-day season.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), hunters took 4,653 bears, a one-third increase over the 2018 seasons when 3,153 bears were taken. Pennsylvania’s top bear harvest was 4,350 bears in the 2011 season.
During their recent business meeting, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission approved the removal of their long-standing and traditional regulation that requires anglers display their fishing license on an outer garment while fishing.
The new ruling replaces that regulation and now follows a general possession requirement, which would require anglers to only have the license on them while fishing and present the license to a PFBC law enforcement officer upon request.
If cabin fever is beginning to set it, you can enjoy and sample a taste of the great outdoors by attending Blue Mountain Resort’s 11th annual Winter Fest on Jan. 25-26.
Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, the event will cater to all, including youngsters.
The two-day event will take place at the Summit Lodge at the top of Pennsylvania’s highest vertical on School Hill on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Although we’re finally getting some below freezing temperatures, safe ice fishing is still some cold days away. And what seems like far too many rainy days, also prevents anglers to walk on water.
But as happens every year at this time, ice fishermen have to travel to the Poconos to find hard water. Places like Shohola, Promised Land, Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna and Fairview lakes usually freeze first.
The snows are back.
No, not a snowstorm, but a large flock of Snow Geese have made their way to Lehigh County from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra.
As many sportsmen and sportsgals are deer hunting right now, there are a number of avid anglers who don’t hunt (or have already filled their deer tags) who prefer to fish as local streams and lakes are virtually void of fishermen.
For sportsmen clamoring for more weekend hunting time afield, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 147, which permits additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year - one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The law will take effect Feb. 25, 2020, and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter.
It’s here. It’s deer - the firearms deer hunting season that is.
The much awaited rifle deer season gets underway statewide Saturday, Nov. 30, when the majority of sportsmen go afield in hopes of bagging a buck. And this year, the season opens on a Saturday after Thanksgiving instead of the Monday after the holiday as it has traditionally been.
Saturday, Nov. 23 kicks off the rifle bear season for its three-day run that ends Nov. 27. After that, there’s the extended season from Nov. 30-Dec. 14 in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D. The extended opener also opens again in WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4E and 5A, but that period ends Dec. 7.
Pennsylvania is known nationwide for having large bears. Bruin’s in the 500-600-pound range are taken every year and in fact two were shot last year that topped 700 pounds, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.