Thursday, October 23, 2014
     

Outdoors

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two limited archery/flintlock muzzleloader hunts for antlerless deer have been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line, Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 14. These hunts will be held outside of any regular statewide deer season; the only hunting occurring within the management area on these days will be by those hunters with special permits.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Beginning October 25 those hunting all species of small game will be sharing Pennsylvania’s field and woods with archery deer hunters.

If ever a specific weekend could be designated as the beginning of "hunting season" it would be the final weekend of October.

This year Saturday, Oct. 25, marks the end of the antlerless muzzleloader season that opens today, it is the mid-way point of the statewide archery season and it is the first day that all seasons for small game is underway with pheasants and rabbits being legal along with squirrels. In addition, waterfowl hunting remains open in some areas and fall turkey season is just a week away.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Hunters participating in the antlerless muzzleloader season have the option of using rifles, from left, with inline, traditional percussion or flintlock ignitions and a variety of projectiles and synthetic or traditional blackpowder.

No matter what the appearance of the rifle, Pennsylvania's antlerless muzzleloader deer season provides a unique one-shot challenge for hunters.

This year's eight-day antlerless muzzleloader season opens Saturday, Oct. 18, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 25.

In addition to having a muzzleloader stamp, an antlerless license for the wildlife management unit or a Deer Management Assistance Permit are required for the area being hunted, but there are no restrictions on the type of rifle being used, as is the case during the post-Christmas flintlock season.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

One of the largest bull elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot illegally along with two other bulls this month, and three Centre County men have been charged with teaming in a poaching effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced. Largest of the three bulls had a 10x9-point non-typical rack that initially was measured at 432 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
This adult cow elk was recently fitted with a collar that contains GPS tracking capability and a small camera to record video and audio before falling off the elk in about 75 days, at which time the recordings and readings will be retrieved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

BENEZETTE – Recently, biologists and other employees of the Pennsylvania Game Commission invited some guests to accompany them on an elk hunt.

This hunt, however, was not designed to put antlers on the wall or steaks in the freezer, as those doing the shooting on this hunt did so with cameras. It was all part of a project to learn more about Pennsylvania's elk herd through information that will be compiled from footage captured by a tiny video camera placed on an elk.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Construction will begin Tuesday, Sept. 16, by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at Leaser Lake, located near New Tripoli, to repair a seep in the facility's dam, but the facility will remain open for public use during the project.

In preparation for the repair work, the PFBC is slowly lowering the water level by another 7-8 feet, which will take several weeks to complete. Water level has been held at about 13 feet below normal since early this summer, and when construction begins, the lake's elevation will be approximately 20 feet below full pool.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, has been designated as the second Mentored Youth Fishing Day of the year by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on select Panfish Enhancement lakes. To encourage participation on this day, the PFBC has reduced the price of a 1-day adult resident and 1-day adult non-resident license to just $1 to be used only on Labor Day, with issuing agent and transaction fees making the total price for the 1-day adult license $2.70.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Mark Wolfskill, left, owner Pheasant Valley Farm Shooting Preserve, times a dog as it searches for a caged bird in the Top Dog Challenge, which will be held for the fifth consecutive year at the ninth annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza at the Kempton Fairground.

KEMPTON – There are signs everywhere in the outdoors that the fall hunting and fishing seasons are getting closer and closer. One of the surest signs, however, is the arrival of the annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza at the Kempton Fairground.

This year's ninth annual event will be a two-day show, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days. As always, the emphasis of the show will be contests, skill competition and product demonstrations that make it the largest outdoors event of its kind in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cabela's Hamburg is holding Fall Great Outdoor Days and Waterfowl Classic, Thursday, Aug. 14-Wednesday, Aug. 20, with seminars beheld Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. Representatives from top waterfowl hunting manufacturers will be in attendance to answer questions and give advice to customers designed to maximize their hunting.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
For years anglers have targeted the Lehigh River for trout, and now a new designation for Section 6 of the river will created additional fishing opportunities.

HARRISBURG – Long a favored hotspot for trout anglers in a three-state area, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has created more opportunities on the Lehigh River by designating as Approved Trout Waters Section 6 of the river and the Francis E. Walter Reservoir.