Deer numbers appear solid, but with once-vibrant deer camps aging, and fewer youths joining the mix, harvest numbers suffer.
Pennsylvania – Ron Steffe
With the first crack of a rifle on the opening morning of the gun season for deer, hunters know they’re in the woods at a special time.
Too many days of rain along with flooded woods and fields have hurt prime-time archery hunting in Pennsylvania.
With so many various seasons in play, October’s third week gives hunters an option to chase just about any game species.
Many different deer species may be infected with EHD, and white-tailed deer are highly susceptible, and experience high rates of mortality.Much like October of last year, the weather is just too darn humid and warm to immerse myself full-bore into archery hunting. This past Friday was my first excursion afield. The afternoon was cooler than the earlier part of week…
Hunt usually offers extended chances to harvest a deer without hurting the resource. That’s a good thing for both young and older hunters, at least those who don’t have excuses for not hunting.
A long stay of extreme heat has resulted in poor goose hunting, and may allow biting midges to nibble on whitetails much too often.
Scouting, hard work, patience and serious planning with a willingness to change from what worked in the past are the ways to go.
Parts of June and all of July have been pretty rough on the writer – in both body and mind.
Not easy to trust politicians’ words, but let’s hope they come through with the license-fee increases so desperately needed by agencies.
Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike had better accept the fact that CWD kills affected animals, plain and simple.
While bass to the north of our state take a longer time to grow big, and some fish in southern states reach large size much faster, we here in the middle are pretty good at producing big bass rather quickly, too.
I sat against the base of a large hemlock last Monday. To my front was a wide limb of another hemlock that had broken off and fallen long ago, its desiccated short branches along the main stem providing perfect cover in all directions. I was spring gobbler hunting in the vastness of Tioga County, but it was different from any…
I’ve just returned from my annual week-long trip to Tioga County to partake of the first week of spring gobbler season and pitch and lob various insect imitations into the waters of the Big Pine Creek for the big stream’s trout. The canyon, also known as the Pine Creek Gorge, is a 47-mile-long chasm that was formed over eons of…
Why is it so difficult for Pennsylvania representatives to grant small fishing license fee increases?
Cold and snow not finished, even though signs of the spring season are starting to show.
A foot of new snow will make for some rough early season trout fishing in eastern Pennsylvania.
Stopping the broadening reach of CWD seems destined for failure in Pennsylvania and beyond.
The birds are here, but huge numbers do not mean success is sure to follow.
The blogger and a hunting buddy carried out a final hunt for deer last Saturday and filled a tag.
First it’s too cold, now it’s rainy and warm, and hunting suffers either way, especially flintlock for deer.
If you’re a hunter or fisherman, Pennsylvania offers chances for just about every game animal and fish species available.
(Photo by Windigo Images)Although it only takes a day or two until results – and opinions – start rolling in from hunters who were out at the start of Pennsylvania’s rifle season for deer, I like to wait until the season ends before I decide how hunters viewed the experience. For those who saw success, happiness always abounds, especially in…
Blogger’s archery hunting closed with melancholy thoughts.
So far, hunters’ outlay of $25 for a pheasant stamp to hunt ringnecks has had minimal return.
Stopping the spread of CWD is important to everyone who enjoys the outdoors, and helping the Game Commission and any other state agencies involved with this task should be a priority for all of us.