Expansion of Pennsylvania bear season intended to deal with growing population.
Hopes were high in 2018 with a bear population estimated at 20,000 and a fine start to the November firearms season, but unfavorable weather conditions kept harvest down. Still, there were highlights, including the harvest of a nearly 800-pound bruin, and hopes remain high for next year, too.
The blessing of being a serious deer hunter in turn brings the writer to ponder the future of deer and elk in a world being more and more ravaged by the disease.
Too few landowners give permission in Bedford, Blair counties.
Game Commission is currently considering abolishing the blaze orange requirement for archers, but fall turkey hunters would still be required to wear an orange hat while moving. The regulations concerning deer and bear hunting during the firearms season would remain the same. No orange is required for hunting spring turkeys because that requirement was rescinded back in the late '90s.
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Modifications proposed for the 2019-20 seasons include moving the opening day of the firearms deer season to the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
Three deer collected for testing all had respiratory infection; pneumonia is a rare occurrence in deer and the reasons it might have cropped up in the area are unknown.
The Game Commission is implementing reduction to minimize the impact of CWD on the deer population in this specific area.
Exercise is one benefit, but there are so many more.
A tale of late-season deer hunting with a crossbow in Pennsylvania.
One fact of note from the report: Minnesota hunters shot more than a quarter of their entire deer harvest on opening day of their primary firearms season.
Official entry score of 320-5/8 makes it only the fifth hunter-taken nontypical whitetail to exceed 300 inches in history.
Deer seasons mostly have ended, but January is a great time to keep pursuing squirrels and bunnies.
Senate Bill 1202 would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to decide which Sundays to incorporate into existing seasons.
Hunting after the holidays can be difficult in terms of weathering the elements, but it’s also still a decent opportunity to fill a tag for those willing to put in the extra time and effort.
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