Second only to trout, black bass is the most popular sport fish that Pennsylvania anglers fish for. And beginning June 17, the season for them opens with a creel limit of six and a size limit of at least 12 inches.
Despite this, most bass anglers wisely practice catch-and-release. It’s not because largemouth and smallmouth bass aren’t good eating, because they are. It’s because they’re more fun to catch-and-release as they can be caught again another day.
Doug Koenig, former Alburtis now Hamburg resident and professional handgun shooting competitor who shoots for Team Smith & Wesson, has won another prestigious Bianchi Cup. This makes it 18 for Koenig, a title that is unprecedented in the Cup’s history that began back in 1979.
And it’s considered the first of the triple crown with the others being the IPSC U.S. Nationals and Steel Challenge.
The official total estimated deer harvest numbers for the 2016-17 season are in and they reflect a buck harvest increase of nine percent. This makes it the largest antlered deer harvest since 2002.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports hunters took an estimated 333,254 deer during the 2016-17 seasons, which represents an overall harvest increase of 6-percent.
One can tell the trout fishing season is near when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission makes the 2017 trout stocking schedule available. And it’s available online as well as on the PFBC’s Fish BoatPA free mobile app that’s available for smartphone users from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
To check the schedules, go to www.fishandboat.com and click on the link ‘Fish’ in the upper right corner, then select ‘Trout Stocking Schedules.’ Then choose the county of choice, enter start and end dates from the calendars then press ‘Go.’
With the deer hunting seasons almost over statewide, there’s still the late season for archery and flintlock that runs from Dec. 26 until Jan. 14 for antlered and antlerless deer, and until Jan. 28 in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D.
If you possess an antlerless tag to hunt in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, you may use a firearm whose season runs from Dec. 26 until Jan. 28. But again, for antlerless deer only. The latter is an attempt to cull the overpopulation of antlerless deer in these areas.
According to local weather reports, somewhat colder weather should prevail this week, which is music to skiers and snowboarders’ ears.
These snow lovers are chomping at the bit to hit the slopes and with weather permitting, they may get their chance this weekend. Cold means ski areas can make snow. And the colder the better as the snow guns can spew more quality snow.
Last year Bear Creek Resort in Macungie and Blue Mountain in Palmerton, had extremely late openings because of unseasonably warm weather and rain. This season will hopefully be better for both.
If you’re like me and thousands of other kids in their youth who learned to shoot with a Daisy BB rifle, then you could make an effort to perpetuate the sport by checking out SAR, the Student Air Rifle Program.
SAR was developed by the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance in 2013 as a nonprofit organization, and is ready to launch the program nationally according to Jake Hindman, SAR founder.
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.