If you're like me and still have your buck tag intact, you'll get another shot when the late season for antlered and antlerless deer kicks in Dec. 26 to Jan. 25.
But listen up. The regulations have changed since last year. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), some areas wherein hunters previously were permitted to use in-line muzzleloaders and slug guns to hunt antlerless deer in the late season, will be closed to hunting.
With Christmas gift giving only two weeks away, buying a gift for the outdoorsman can always be a trying task. To ease the burden a bit, here are some gift ideas that will please the hunter, angler and nature lover.
Since the deer hunting seasons are winding down, and anglers await safe ice for ice fishing, this is the "down time" when it's a good time to curl up with a good book.
Every year around this time the 1983 classic movie "A Christmas Story" will be shown multiple times on a cable TV channel. It tells the story of Ralphie Parker (born in NYC on April 16, 1971) who wants a Daisy "Red Ryder" BB gun for Christmas. Every time he asked for one, he'd get the same famous reply: "You'll shoot your eye out."
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has issued its preliminary bear harvest report, but not included, is the tally from the archery and early bear seasons.
According to the PGC, bears were taken in 51 counties statewide, so far. And the top 10 bears checked on Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 556 pounds or more. The largest, a male, weighed an estimated 772 pounds and was shot in Covington Twp., Lackawanna County by Dan Beavers of Covington Twp., Pa.
Up until recently, if sportsmen wanted to harvest an elk they had to travel to Colorado, Wyoming, Montana or New Mexico. Locations that turn out to be pricey hunts.
But if you were to draw an elk tag in Pennsylvania, the hunt would be a fraction of the cost of traveling out West.
A lucky bunch of Pennsylvania hunters stayed home and were able to score on one of our country's most majestic game animals.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, nearly 85 percent of hunters participating in Pennsylvania's 2013 elk hunt, took an elk.
It seems like just last week we were having summer weather. So it's hard to believe the third part of the big game season gets underway Monday, Nov. 18, when bear become legal game.
Actually, the season came early for at least one bowhunter who managed to arrow a 240-pound female bear during the early archery season that began Sept. 21 in WMU 5C.
This past weekend (Oct. 19) marked the opening of squirrel hunting season, the one-week muzzleloader season for antlerless deer, plus the ruffed grouse and woodcock season. These all coincide with the ongoing archery deer-hunting season throughout the Pennsylvania.
As Saturday, Oct. 5, is the start of the antlered archery deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, bowhunters have two major concerns during the opener.
The first concern is tree stand safety. Every year a few bowhunters fall from their tree stands and incur serious bodily injury either because they didn't wear a safety harness or their tree stand became defective. And despite popular belief, it's not older hunters who fall.
If you're like me and own a Horton crossbow, and if perchance it breaks, there may be a problem getting parts for it. Why?
"TenPoint Crossbow Technologies recently purchased selected assets of Horton since Horton's ability to operate deteriorate," said Rick Bednar, Chairman, President and CEO of Hunter's Manufacturing who does business as TenPoint.
In two weeks, Pennsylvania's only true outdoor show opens where many of the exhibits and attractions are, where else, outdoors.
The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will again set up shop Aug. 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa. This year marks the shows 8th season of the show whose motto and philosophy is to maintain the fishing and hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.