October presents abundant outdoor opportunities like hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania
October is built for outdoor enjoyment in Pennsylvania. With colorful fall foliage, crisp autumn mornings and more things to do than one can shake a stick at, woodsy folks have lots of choices. At long last, the “month of the sportsman” has arrived!
Dominating the top of the list is bowhunting. The archery season spans the entire month (except Sundays of course), and archers will likely be perched in favorite treestands waiting on “Mr. Big” or a nice doe to fill the freezer.
Since the October duck season lasts only one week, some will squeeze in a dawn or dusk stakeout for wood ducks and mallards before early migrators say goodbye for another year.
Squirrels, rabbits and grouse will keep small game hunters on their feet in pursuit of heavy game bags, while the inline muzzleloader antlerless season runs simultaneously for a week. Then three days of junior, senior, and military firearms antlerless hunters should fill the woods and get deer moving as well.
Stocked pheasants will then appeal to upland bird hunters, many of whom enjoy hunting with four-legged companions. Trapping season opens the same day, though many trappers choose to wait until later months when fur becomes prime.
When turkey season graces the state, some will tuck a diaphragm call into their archery packs and pull double duty while trying to ambush a rut-crazed buck, while die-hards strictly target the birds with kee-kee runs and yelps.
Of course, one can’t forget fly-fishing for autumn trout, which can be exceptional, as well as bass fishing amidst the foliage reflecting on a glassy lake. Heck, Simply taking a drive, a long walk or catching up on yard work can be rewards in themselves this time of year.
The cool breezes and vibrant colors of fall set the stage for countless opportunities to enjoy nature, and folks need not worry about missing out when choosing one pursuit over the other. Simply appreciate every moment in the outdoors and make the most of each experience. October is here, so take it all in and relish it.