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Thursday, May 7, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

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.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

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.

Deer harvest numbers are not encouraging

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

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.

Deer harvest numbers are not encouraging

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

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.

Saltwater Expo coming up this weekend

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the sports show over the winter, one unique show remains that caters to avid saltwater fishermen.

The annual Saltwater Fishing Expo takes place March 20-22 at the Garden State Exhibition Center in Somerset, NJ. It is a one-of-a-kind sportfishing show that features the top fishing pros in America and the latest saltwater tackle.

The show offers gear for inshore, offshore, surfcasting and big game fishing. You'll not find a local tackle shop that offers this vast variety of saltwater gear.

Sustained cold makes for great ice fishing season

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

After a survey of local tackle shops, all agree that this winter has been one of the best ice fishing seasons in a long time. Thanks goes to Mother Nature who provided prolonged periods of freezing temperatures, with no thaw periods in between.

Chris from Chris's Bait and Tackle in Mertztown, said this was the best ice fishing season he's seen in a many years, even though last season wasn't too bad but the ice didn't last as long as it has so far this year.

Greater Philly Show set for this weekend

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you missed the Harrisburg sports show, fear not as there are two more upcoming shows, albeit on a smaller scale.

The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show opens February 26 (and runs to Mar. 1) in Oaks, a suburb of Philadelphia.

Aside from a long list of hunting and fishing vendors, outfitters, displays of boats, ATV's and trucks, the show also hosts numerous seminars.

Report: American hunters teaking more mature bucks

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In an Archery Wire article, American deer hunters are killing the highest-ever percentage of buck's age 3 1/2 and older according to data gathered by Quality Deer Management Association in its 2015 Whitetail Report.

During the 2013-14 season from data available from all states, 34 percent of bucks harvested and who collect buck age data, were 3 1/2 or older. That number is up from 32 percent the season before, and is significantly up from a decade before, when only 23 percent of the national buck harvest was mature.